Danny has been actively involved in human sleep and respiratory physiology research since 2001. In 2006, he completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide, investigating the effects of low oxygen levels on protective respiratory reflexes and sensory processing in humans during wakefulness and sleep. He was subsequently awarded the Australasian Sleep Association Helen Bearpark Memorial Scholarship and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Allen and Hanburys Respiratory Research Fellowship, followed by a NHMRC overseas Biomedical Fellowship to pursue postdoctoral studies.
His research at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) investigates various aspects of sleep and upper airway physiology in humans. One of the main aims is to investigate the multiple pathogenic causes of a common sleep-related breathing disorder, obstructive sleep apnoea, with a view towards developing novel, targeted therapeutic approaches for individual patients. A variety of neurophysiological techniques to study human upper airway muscle activity, function, and airway mechanics during wakefulness and sleep are utilised as part of a comprehensive basic sciences and translational sleep research program.