School of Human Sciences
Welcome to the School of Human Sciences at UWA. An incredibly diverse School, we teach into six majors and research topics ranging from the sub-cellular control of gene expression to human ecology, with everything in between from the perspective of Anatomy and Physiology in human biology and performance.
Associate Professor Shane Maloney
Head of School, School of Human Sciences
Anatomy and human biology
Anatomy research investigates the structure, systems and functions of the body. Human biology is a closely related discipline exploring what it means to be human in an integrative wayRead more
Exercise and health
Exercise and health research investigates how physical activity can prevent chronic disease and promote longer, healthier lives.Read more
Neuroscience (Human Sciences)
Neuroscience in the School of Human Sciences studies neuronal function and circuitry within the human nervous systems.Read more
Physiology examines how the body's cells, tissues and organs interact with each other and the surrounding environment to produce beneficial effects on function.Read more
World first medicinal cannabis trial aims to treat insomnia
UWA’s Centre for Sleep Science is conducting the first ever trial to examine the effect of medicinal cannabis on insomnia symptoms. Twenty four participants will have their sleep monitored while taking medicinal cannabis for two weeks and a placebo medication for two weeks.Read more
Early life vitamin D is crucial for social behaviours in rats
Rats with vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy and lactation produced offspring that showed differences in their social behaviour as well as in tasks of learning and memory compared to offspring of females fed a vitamin D “replete” diet. Differences in social behaviours are a hallmark of numerous human conditions, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and these findings provide further evidence of the importance of maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy for brain development of offspring.Read more
Centres and groups
Body Donation Program
You can donate your body for medical research through body donation, a program run by the School of Human Sciences at UWA. Your donation allows medical students to study real human bodies, a vital educational step in the process to becoming a professional doctor or other health professional.
Dr Yu Suk Choi
Dr Yu Suk Choi is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Human Sciences, investigating ways to fight disease by manipulating stem cell growth.Read more about Dr Yu Suk Choi
Dr Archa Fox
Dr Archa Fox is a senior lecturer and leading researcher in the School of Molecular Sciences whose research has uncovered a new cellular structure, paraspeckles.Read more about Dr Archa Fox
Dr Cyril Grueter
Dr Cyril Grueter is a senior lecturer and researcher in biological anthropology,. studying the social organisation of primates as a basis for understanding human behaviour.Read more about Dr Cyril Grueter
Dr Nat Benjanuvatra
Dr Nat Benjanuvatra is a researcher and lecturer in UWA’s School of Human Sciences working with elite athletes and coaches to optimise performance.Read more about Dr Nat Benjanuvatra
Professor Shane Maloney
Professor Shane Maloney is the Head of School of Human Sciences at UWA. His research focuses on the thermal physiology of humans and animals.Read more about Professor Shane Maloney
Dr Louise Naylor
Dr Louise Naylor is a senior lecturer and researcher in exercise physiology whose research investigates exercise as medicine to treat disease.Read more about Dr Louise Naylor
Associate Professor Jane Pillow
Associate Professor Jane Pillow is a clinical scientist and neonatologist whose work focuses on improving outcomes for premature infants.Read more about Associate Professor Jane Pillow
Faculty of Science
Science has the power to change our world for the better
School of Molecular Sciences
The School of Molecular Science’s innovative teaching and research applies chemical science to generate practical solutions to real-world problems.
School of Biological Sciences
The School of Biological Sciences is advancing our understanding of the Earth’s living organisms and creating sustainable futures through conservation.
PhD opportunities in Science
Research your PhD at UWA and join leading academics and researchers on innovative projects answering the world’s big questions.