The Forrest Research Foundation

University Partners

Overview

The Foundation brings together and collaborates with the five Western Australian universities: the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, and the University of Notre Dame Australia. Our vision is to work with our partner universities to make Perth a global creative, knowledge, and research hub.

Beyond our Forrest researchers, we also work with our partner universities to connect with all early career researchers and ensure they too benefit from our unique academic, research, and public engagement programs.

Curtin University

Curtin University

Curtin is a vibrant young university that is based in Perth but is enriched with with global campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

Curtin’s global expansion of campuses, education partnerships, and industry collaborations reflect a future-focused approach. The University is also known for the attributes of its graduates, with Australia’s recent survey of employer satisfaction of university graduates placing Curtin first in the country.

Our People
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Scholar
Callan Wood
Accreting galactic stellar-mass black holes, relativistic jets, radio astronomy
When matter falls onto a black hole, huge amounts of energy are liberated, which is often redirected into the form of powerful relativistic outflows...
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Dr Andrea Rassell
The temporal representation of dynamic nanoscale phenomena in the moving image
Andrea Rassell is a filmmaker, media artist and interdisciplinary researcher in science art. Working in nanoart — artforms that engage with...
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Dr Chong Wei
Marine science
Chong has a PhD in Marine Physics from the Xiamen University, China and was a 2-years joint PhD at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University...
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Georgia Khinsoe
Computational models for heart valve disease 
Georgia is a biomedical engineer who is deeply passionate about creating research that can be translated into tangible solutions. Her research...
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Liyuwork Dana
Food insecurity
Liyuwork Dana is investigating the social vulnerability factors associated with food insecurity in children and developing a new index called...
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Molly Schmidt
Creative writing
Molly Schmidt is a writer and journalist from Albany, Western Australia. Her debut novel, Salt River Road, was the recipient of the 2022 City of...
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Tyrone O’Doherty
Black holes and neutron stars
Tyrone investigates and develops methods of finding hidden black holes in our Galaxy, the Milky Way. He is a PhD student at the Curtin Institute of...
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Dr Brenton von Takach
Molecular ecology
Brenton is a Research Fellow in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University in Perth. Broadly, he uses environmental, spatial, and...
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Dr Frederik Seersholm
Biodiversity
Frederik combined his passion for archaeology with his interest in science to understand how biodiversity have changed historically both before and...
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Dr Georgia Hay
Organisational psychology
Under the guidance of ARC Laureate Fellow Prof. Sharon K. Parker at the Curtin University Future of Work Institute, Centre for Transformative Work...
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Dr Gladymar Perez Chacon
Public health
Gladymar’s research focussed on the allergy protective benefits of the addition of an early single dose of the whole-cell whooping cough...
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Dr Jacob Martin
Hydrogen production and storage
Dr Jacob W. Martin is a material and combustion scientist with a strong interest in carbon nanomaterials, renewable energy and pollution reduction....
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Dr Kade Spicer
Two-electron processes in proton-helium collisions
Understanding collisions of ions with atomic and molecular targets is important for a variety of applications ranging from astrophysics and fusion...
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Dr Kit Prendergast
Native bee scientist, conservation biologist and zoologist
Dr Kit, also known as The Bee Babette, is a wild bee scientist – studying the wild bees, but also a bit of a wild scientist! Her PhD research,...
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Dr Liam Scarlett
Physics
Liam undertook a PhD with the Theoretical Physics Group at Curtin University, using supercomputers and quantum mechanics to study atomic and...
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Dr Manou Rosenberg
Planning electricity distribution networks in rural areas using AI
Manou’s research applied artificial intelligence techniques to develop a new network infrastructure for electricity networks in remote areas that...
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Dr Micah Wilson
Organisational psychology
Dr Micah Wilson (Curtin) draws on recent developments in psychological assessment, data science, and sensor technology to discover new approaches to...
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Dr Nichole Barry
Early universe
Nichole Barry uses next-generation radio interferometers to look back in time to the infant Universe. Her cutting-edge analysis techniques will allow...
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Dr Peter Kraus
Dielectric properties of transition metal oxides
Research in dielectric properties, electrical conductivity, heregoeneous catalysis, microkinetic modelling, and their interactions. Developing...
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Edith Cowan University
Website ecu.edu.au
Location Joondalup Campus

Edith Cowan University

At ECU we are guided by our values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry, personal excellence and courage. Our focus on teaching and research is inspired by engagement and partnerships with those in the many communities we were established to serve.

Research at ECU extends knowledge and improves the quality of life for Australians and people across the globe. Our research priorities focus on solving real world problems across social, economic, physical and environmental domains.

Established in 1991, ECU has grown rapidly into a quality university with excellent student satisfaction and internationally recognised research.

Students and graduates at ECU are amongst the best in the world, with many fulfilling crucial roles in our society. Their outstanding achievements have been recognised throughout Australia and internationally through awards, grants, scholarships and prizes.

Our People
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Scholar
Carlos J. Toro-Huamanchumo
Cardiometabolic diseases, epidemiology and public health, evidence-based medicine
Carlos is a Peruvian MD epidemiologist and biostatistician, passionate about evidence-based health decision-making. Throughout his professional...
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Creative
Dr Cassandra Tytler
Place-based audio visual work
Dr Cassandra Tytler is a video artist and researcher with the Centre for People, Place, and Planet at Edith Cowan University. She works within the...
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Creative
Dr Jo Pollitt
Dance
Dr Jo Pollitt is an interdisciplinary artist-scholar with the Centre for People, Place, and Planet at Edith Cowan University working across both the...
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Scholar
Nishu Tyagi
Spinal cord injury
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a debilitating health condition leading to marked reductions in physical and mental health as well as autonomy and life...
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Dr Catriona Stevens
Sociology of migration
Cat is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow with the Social Ageing (SAGE) Futures Lab in the ECU School of Arts and Humanities. She has expertise in...
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Dr Jincheng Wang
Mechanical and materials engineering
Jincheng, a mechanical and materials engineer, currently works as a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia. His research focuses...
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Murdoch University
Location Murdoch Campus

Murdoch University

Murdoch University has, from its foundation in 1974, been a university of difference. Established as the second university in WA, Murdoch has always been associated with environment and conservation, social justice and inclusion, and providing pathways into and through a university education for people who had previously been excluded.

Our purpose is to change lives and society for the better through accessible education and research, contributing to the solution of societal and environmental challenges and providing an inclusive, caring community in which everyone can realise their potential.

Our People
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Dr Houda Ennaceri
Biofuel production
Microalgae have the potential to be an excellent source of sustainable and renewable biofuel. However, different issues surrounding their economic...
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Scholar
Marie Windstein
Spatial ecology of sharks and rays
Marie Windstein is a movement ecologist with two master degrees in environmental management and marine ecology. Her greatest concern for our oceans...
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Scholar
Rachel Newsome
Activity regimes and energetics of the reef manta ray in contrasting seascapes
Developing a new attachment method to deploy multi-sensor “FitBit” tags onto the reef manta ray for the first time to gain insight into their...
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Alumni
Dr Akila Balachandran
Targeted cancer therapies
Dr Balachandran’s study was focused on the development of novel synthetic nucleic acids for cancer cell targeted therapy and also for the early...
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Dr Karissa Lear
Bioenergetics, aquatic conservation, animal physiology
Karissa was interested in physiology, behaviour, and ecology of aquatic species. Much of her work centres on how environmental changes, such as those...
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Dr Kate Loudon
Advanced Livestock Measurement technologies
My research aims to infuse new livestock measurement technologies into the beef supply chain to enable the true value of the animal to be traded. The...
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University of Western Australia
Website uwa.edu.au

University of Western Australia

UWA is located on the banks of the Swan River, or Derbal Yerrigan, on the land of the Whadjuk Nation.

We have the immense privilege of sitting on the sacred soil where Western Australian kaartdijin, or knowledge, began. It has been a place to gather and learn for tens of thousands of years, with stories and lessons shared from generation to generation of the world’s oldest continuous culture.

Today, we welcome you to continue seeking and sharing wisdom with us. Our students take their learning beyond the books, at the cutting edge of knowledge creation, from passionate lecturers with real industry experience and connections. We’ll support them in their learning journeys and help set them up for a career they’ll love.

The global impact of our research and education places us as a world top 100 university (QS 2024). This means students join a community of passionate, intelligent and resourceful leaders who are driving innovation and change. They’ll connect with and work alongside leaders in education, research and industry, and follow in the footsteps of our thousands of graduate success stories.

Our People
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Scholar
Adam Wdowiak
Synthetic organic chemistry
Adam is studying synthetic organic chemistry and will be creating a new class of electron-rich compounds called heterotriangulenes. Novel chemical...
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Aidan Archer
Offshore hydrodynamics
Aidan is passionate about understanding our natural world and solving problems to help people and the environment. Driven by his interests in our...
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Creative
Alexander Turley
Composition
Alex Turley is an Australian composer and collaborative artist whose music is performed around the world. In 2022 he was Young Composer-in-Residence...
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Scholar
Anna Faber
Synthetic biology
Anna is a passionate scientific all-rounder with three majors in biology, chemistry and high school teacher training. Driven by her excitement for...
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Scholar
Celina Burkholz
Marine biology
Celina’s PhD project will assess the adaptive capacity of kelp forests in a changing climate. Kelp forests are among the most productive ecosystems...
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Scholar
Claudio Vergara
Hydrogeochemistry
Claudio’s research is focused on understanding how the control of internal and external environmental variables in post closure mining lakes...
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Dawid Makosa
Epigenetics
Dawid is a molecular biologist from Poland mainly interested in the biology of aging and single cell brain epigenomics. In his PhD research project,...
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Dr Connor Bottrell
Astrophysics
Connor’s studies predominately took place at the University of Victoria, Canada. After receiving his PhD in 2020, Connor spent 2.5 years as a...
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Dr Fiona Panther
Astrophysics
Dr Fiona Panther is an astrophysicist, statistician, and mother (not always in that order). She grew up in Northumberland, in the North East of...
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Dr Jessica Kretzmann
DNA origami, biosensors, disease, virus
Dr Jessica Kretzmann is working within the School of Molecular Sciences, and the ARC Training Centre for Biomedical Analysis, at the University of...
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Dr Joseph Steinberg
English and Literary Studies 
Dr Joseph Steinberg completed his BA (Hons) in English and Cultural Studies at UWA in 2016, before going on to an MPhil and a PhD at the University...
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Dr Karri Neldner
Developmental psychology
Karri conducts research examining when and how Australian children might develop a strong connection to nature. Using techniques from developmental...
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Dr Mark Wong
Ecology
Ecologist and entomologist Dr Mark Wong is a Forrest Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at UWA, Visiting Scientist at CSIRO Health and...
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Dr Matthew Dodd
Geochemistry
Dr Dodd studies the chemical properties of rocks from around the world during periods of biological and climatic upheaval in Earth history. His work...
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Dr Neil Robinson
Porous energy materials
Dr Neil Robinson is a physical chemist and chemical engineering researcher working within the Fluid Science and Resources Research Group...
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Dr Samuel Starko
Marine ecology
Samuel is broadly interested in the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. His research is interdisciplinary, combining tools and techniques...
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Scholar
Harrison Caddy
Computational haemodynamics
Harrison is a biomedical engineer with an interest in understanding how the cardiovascular system responds to extreme environments, including...
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Jackson Mason Stephens
Mental health and wellbeing
Jackson is a mental health and wellbeing researcher interested in exploring the mental health implications associated with how individuals relate to...
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Katharina Froedrich
Linguistics
Katharina is a PhD candidate in the Discipline of Linguistics and a member of UWA’s Language Lab. She has a strong background in sociolinguistics,...
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Luka Wright
Marine microbial and plant ecology
Ocean-based biological carbon dioxide removal is currently considered to be an important climate change mitigation strategy and kelp forests are...
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Scholar
Mingxin Ye
Bioceramic scaffolds for bone regeneration
Titanium implants have been thought to be safe with a high success rate for patients. However, in some cases, there have been reports of...
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Mr Matt Heydenrych
Molecular biomarker development for assessing life history traits in zebrafish
Matt’s research aims to develop low cost epigenetic and RNA-based tools to aid in conservation and fisheries management. This is achieved...
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Scholar
Nicholas Lawler
Terahertz radiation
Electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz frequency has emerged as a novel candidate for a number of medical techniques including imaging and...
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Scholar
Nicole Feast
Neuropsychology
Nicole is a clinical neuropsychologist who is passionate about assisting others to better understand and enhance their cognitive (i.e., thinking)...
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Scholar
Samalka Wijeweera
Salt tolerance mechanisms in metabolism and mitochondrial function in wheat
Samalka is interested in plant improvement to overcome novel agricultural threats and to meet the current food requirement worldwide. Soil salinity...
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Scholar
Thalles Araujo
Oceanography
Thalles is an oceanographer who aims to fill the gap between real-world multidisciplinary oceans and applied math and physics, doing both theoretical...
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Scholar
Valeria Mendez
Conservation biology
Valeria is a conservation biologist conducting social-ecological research within the coastal protected areas of Western Australia. Her PhD project...
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Scholar
Wei Ming (Sean) Li
Chemistry and cheminformatics
Mass spectrometry (MS) is typically the first step in identification of an unknown compound; when coupled to chromatography, it can provide...
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Alumni
Dr Alfred Tiley
Astrophysics
Alfred’s research explored the properties of star-forming galaxies over the last 10 billion years to help explain how galaxies have grown and...
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Dr Ana Motta
History and archaeology
Ana’s research focused on the analysis of human and animal interactions in the rock art from the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, with a...
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Dr Arman Siavashi
Hydrogen Energy Exports
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Dr Arnold van Rooijen
Natural and nature-based protection against coastal flooding and erosion
Arnolds research aims to quantify the level of protection provided by marine coastal ecosystems (e.g., mangroves forests, seagrass meadows and coral...
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Dr Asja Kroeger
Computational chemistry
From the production of plastics to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals – around 90% of today’s industrial chemical processes are driven by...
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Dr Ben McAllister
Quantum technology
Ben is a physicist with a background in dark matter and quantum technology. He completed his PhD in 2019, and now works with the ARC Centre of...
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Dr Bhedita Seewoo
Neuroscience
Bhedita’s doctoral research explored the use of MRI technology to examine the effects of brain stimulation on brain activity, chemistry and...
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Dr Claire Doll
Water-sensitive cities, urban biodiversity, environmental offsets
Claire Doll is a Research Fellow at the UWA Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy. She specialises in non-market valuation and benefit-cost...
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Dr David Gozzard
Astrophysics
David’s research will develop technologies to stabilize the transmission of laser signals to spacecraft through the shimmering atmosphere. Laser...
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Dr Dulce Vargas Landin
Epigenomics, trancriptomics and genomics in brain development and diseases.
Dulce studies the development of epigenomic and transcriptomic techniques and data analysis methods for the characterisation of brain samples in...
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Dr Emily Hoffman
Improving conservation outcomes for critically endangered white-bellied frogs
In the current global biodiversity extinction crisis, amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of animals. For many amphibian species, the...
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Dr Francesco De Toni
Linguistics
Dr Francesco De Toni holds a BA in Modern Letters and an MA in Modern Philology from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan (Italy). In...
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Dr Giovanni Polverino
Ecology and evolutionary biology
Giovanni’s project aims to investigate the role of phenotypic plasticity in the ecological success of invasive fishes over native Australian ones...
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Dr Grace Goh
Physiology
Grace’s research investigated the interplay between nutrition, body temperature, and biological rhythms, to determine the impact that lifestyle...
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Dr India Dilkes-Hall
Archaeology and archaeobotany
India is a specialist in the analysis of macrobotanical remains (seeds, nuts, fruits, and other floristic elements) to provide insights into...
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Dr Jessica Buck
Childhood brain cancer
Jessica is a scientist who works with the Brain Tumour Research team, led by Dr Raelene Endersby and Dr Nick Gottardo, to help find more effective...
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Dr Julie Ji
Experimental psychology
Julie was awarded an inaugural Forrest Fellowship in 2017, following completion of her PhD at the MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, University...
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Dr Kieran Mulroney
Microbiology
I am an early career research microbiologist with a specific focus on the development, validation, commercialisation, and implementation of new...
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Dr Kristina Heidrich
Large pelagic tuna and shark fisheries
Kristina has a strong interest in the fisheries, management and governance of large pelagic species in the Indian Ocean and around the world. The...
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Dr Lucy Furfaro
Babies, bacteria and bacteriophages (or more formally microbiology, obstetrics and gynaecology)
As a microbiologist with a passion for improving women’s and infants health, Lucy’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of...
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Dr Marcus Korb
Chemistry
Iron is a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative for noble metals in catalysis and the development of new functional materials. Dr Marcus...
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Dr Marisa Duong
Biochemical and molecular health and medical science
Marisa developed an analytical biochemistry method to better understand how protein thiol oxidation contributes to worsening the disease progression...
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Dr Masnun Naher
Molecular electronics and electrochemistry
The utilizsation of metal-catalysed radical chemistry through atom transfer radical addition (ATRA) has proven to be an effective approach in...
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Dr Monica Danilevicz
Agriculture and machine learning
Advances in camera technology and artificial intelligence are transforming how we can observe plant development, enabling the development of more...
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Dr Nicole Hill
Mental Health
Dr Nicole Hill is a Forrest Foundation Prospect Fellow and Research Fellow in Youth Suicide Prevention at Telethon Kids Institute, University of...
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Dr Philipp Bayer
Machine learning in plant pangenomics
During my time with the Forrest Research Foundation, I researched novel applications of machine learning to plant breeding pipelines to speed up...
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Dr Rachel Zemek
Sarcoma
Dr Rachael Zemek is a Postdoctoral researcher within the Sarcoma Research group led by Dr. Joost Lesterhuis at the Telethon Kids Institute. She...
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Dr Sam Lymbery
Behavioural ecology
Dr Lymbery’s research will use evolutionary theory to devise innovative new approaches to the management of invasive ants. Invasive ants are one of...
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Dr Shannon Algar
Applied mathematics
Dr Algar is an applied mathematician interested in understanding complex systems and using our enhanced understanding to improve those systems. Her...
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Dr Shimul Nath
Photodetectors, photo-memristors, infrared sensors
Dr Shimul Kanti Nath is currently working as a post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He received his Ph.D....
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Dr Tim Hammer
Plant systematics
Dr Hammer is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide and the State Herbarium of South Australia, a position funded by...
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Dr Trung Viet Nguyen
Epigenetics
Trung is developing innovative molecular tools based on recent advanced genome editing technology that has the potential to control gene expression....
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Dr Xuyen Le
Biology
Xuyen from Vietnam will be researching the molecular process by which plants create fuel for mitochondria – the ‘engine’ of plant growth – to...
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Ellie Eshraghian
Extended reality art
Elham (Ellie) Eshraghian-Haakansson is an Iranian-Australian researcher and video artist working with the School of Design, University of Western...
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The University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Notre Dame Australia is a national Catholic university with campuses in Fremantle and Broome in Western Australia. The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to offering a unique, fulfilling education experience that empowers students to learn, grow, and be the best version of themselves.

Driven by five pillars – universality, educating for the common good, transformative research, integrating practice and knowledge, and integral human development – we continue our journey of uniqueness, impact, and excellence.
Our students are our number one priority. We take great pride in educating the whole person; the academic, social, physical, and spiritual dimensions. We encourage our students to thrive and contribute to our communities.