Yuben Moodley – Deputy Director of the Institute of Respiratory Health

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Yuben Moodley

Dr. Yuben Moodley is a physician, scientist, and associate professor of respiratory medicine. He is dedicated to providing high-quality patient care, conducting cell and molecular research, and teaching.

He is the head of the Stem Cell Unit at the Lung Institute of Western Australia, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Fiona Stanley Hospital, and Deputy Director of the Institute of Respiratory Health.

Dr. Moodley’s areas of expertise include asthma, lung cancer, lung diseases, lung tumors, and sleeping disorders. He is particularly dedicated to researching biomarkers in exhaled air to diagnose and monitor lung conditions such as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. His novel cellular therapies for these diseases use placentally-derived cells and have produced noteworthy results.

Dr. Yuben Moodley got his Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia. His research was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. He is also deputy director of the Institute of Respiratory Health, part of the Centre for Research Excellence in Pulmonary Fibrosis, and the senior editor of the Respirology journal.

Dr. Moodley supports Amnesty International and enjoys sports, playing alto saxophone, spending time with family, and writing poetry when he is not working.

Tell us about yourself?

I am a physician-scientist working as a Respiratory Physician (50%) and scientist (50%) in Western Australia. My major research interests are looking at molecular mechanisms causing chronic lung disease. My team is hoping to find pathways that cause chronic lung disease. This would be lead to the development of new drugs to prevent these conditions.

What makes you different than other professionals in your field?

I am not really different from my colleagues. As a physician and scientist, we all have similar aims and aspirations.

What was the most important part of your professional journey?

Developing resilience. When you are exhausted and cannot find the energy to see the next patient who really needs you or when your laboratory generates negative results or the funding for research is low. Learning to pick yourself up and face the next challenge is a major part of my professional journey. 

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

Best purchase: Selmer Alto saxophone – it has brought me lots of enjoyment over the years.

Worst purchase: Clothes that I do not use.

What takes up too much of your time?

Unnecessary paperwork. Completing forms that have no real consequence.

What three pieces of advice would you give to college students who want to become leaders in their field?

  • Work as hard as you can.
  • Remain steadfast in adversity.
  • Follow your own path.

Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?

Nelson Mandela. He almost single-handedly showed us how to forgive major transgressions against him and millions of people.

What drives you to keep going when it’s really tough?

Knowing I am trying to make life better for others.

How should people connect with you?

[email protected]

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