Dr Melissa Lai

ATH - Senior Lecturer

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 66113


Dr Melissa Lai is a Neonatologist at the Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and serves as co-chair of the RBWH Neonatal Research Group. She is the site lead for a dynamic set of clinical trials and quality improvement projects, and helps to build research capacity and collaboration across institutions. Awarded in 2021, Dr Lai's PhD investigated the neurodevelopmental effects of infant massage in premature infants with a primary outcome measuring neonatal EEG power. Other clinical areas of interest include data management, clinician performed ultrasound and retrieval coordination. She is currently building an innovative body of work related to improving and supporting the provision of mother's own milk, and introducing new technologies into the neonatal intensive care environment.


  • Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery & Medical Scien, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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