Medical Microbiologist. Research focuses on the following areas: biological activities of customary (traditional and contemporary) medicinal plants, complementary medicine and community engagement.
A/Profs Subramanyam Vemulpad and Joanne Jamie, as co-directors of the Indigenous Bioresources Research Group (IBRG), work in collaborative partnership with Yaegl Aboriginal Elders of northern NSW on their customary medicinal plant knowledge to document and preserve this knowledge; to investigate the bioactivity and chemical constituents responsible for the medicinal use of these plants; and to provide capability strengthening strategies for the Elders. Together with the Elders they have developed a bush medicine handbook for use in education and cultural tourism and have published four co-authored journal articles. As a best ethical practice extension to this research, A/Profs Vemulpad and Jamie and the Yaegl Elders have developed the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), which uses Western and Indigenous science to enhance educational outcomes for Indigenous youth.