Emma Thomas

Associate Lecturer (Teaching Specialist (Acad))

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Emma Thomas is a PhD Candidate at the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute - Sleep Health and Associate Lecturer (Teaching Specialist) within the College of Medicine and Public Health. Her primary research interests include understanding the physiology of sleep disorders and investigating novel interventions to expand treatment options, particularly for obstructive sleep apnoea. Her research themes include include precision medicine, detailed upper airway physiology, novel pharmacotherapies, and innovative technologies for improving upper airway function. Emma is currently working with industry on the development of the first pharmacotherapy for obstructive sleep apnoea, which aims to make quality pharmacotherapies publically available, which will improve health outcomes for those living with OSA.

Emma is also a member of the core teaching team in physiology within the College of Medicine and Public Health. She contributes to teaching, assessment, and curriculum development in MMED1005, MMED2931, MMED2932, and MDSC2000. Emma takes a thoughtful and evidence-based approach to her teaching practice and is dedicated to improving the learning experience through implemening core concepts into the physiology curiculum and optimising the use of learning management systems (i.e., canvas and Lt).


Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours), Flinders University, 2021

Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, 2020

Honours, awards and grants

National Industry PhD Program Scholarship, 2024

New Investigator Award Finalist – Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), 2023

Vice Chancellors Strategic Investment Scholarship, 2021

BMS Honours Research Scholarship – Runner-up, 2021

Summer Research Scholarship, Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute, 2020

Key responsibilities

Qualitative and quantitative research, clinical trial coordination, recruitment of participants, collaboration with clinical teams, industry partners, and other stakeholders, development of research protocols.

Delivering high-quality educational instruction to students at all undergraduate levels, curriculum development, student assessment, and academic support activities to enhance student success.

Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health Emerging Leaders Showcase Committee member.

Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Healtth Higher Degrees by Research Committee member

Flinders University Research Education and Development Hub Steering Committee Meeting member

Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health HDR Representative - Clinical Translation