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2009 Australia to US Fellows

 

Neurological Fellow
Anna Barron
The University of Western Australia / The University of Southern California
Research Interest: Neuroscience - neuroendocrinology and neurodegenerative disease
 
Anna’s postdoctoral research at the University of Southern California aims to establish an experimental foundation for the development of hormone therapies for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease in women, who are at a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease than men.
 
 
Merck Company Foundation Fellow
Alex Bissember
The Australian National University / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interest: Organic Chemistry – asymmetric Catalysis
 
Alex’s postdoctoral research is directed towards establishing more viable and sustainable ways of performing chemical transformations. By exploiting unprecedented catalytic processes and creating new reaction pathways, the construction of novel medicinal compounds and other significant bioactive molecules may become possible.
 
 
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Marcin Grabowicz
The University of Adelaide / Princeton University
Research Interest: Microbiology
 
Marcin’s postdoctoral research at Princeton University aims to understand how a broad class of bacteria assemble an effective membrane barrier, insulating themselves from the environment, immune system and antibiotics. Unraveling this process may yield much needed new targets for antibiotic intervention, amid the rising threat of widespread resistance to current drugs.
 
 
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Katherine Jackman
The University of Melbourne / Weill Cornell Medical College
Research Interest: Cerebrovascular physiology and pharmacology
 
Katherine’s postdoctoral research at Cornell is seeking to establish the involvement of a potentially novel anti-inflammatory mediator in the brain following stroke. The aim of her research is to increase the understanding of stroke pathogenesis and ultimately improve stroke therapy. Katherine completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne as the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarship.
 
 
Alcoa Foundation Fellow
David Keith
The University of Melbourne / Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interest: Engineering systems – adoption of alternative fuel vehicles
 
David is undertaking doctoral research into the dynamics of adoption of alternative fuel vehicles at MIT. He plans to investigate the attractiveness of electricity as a transportation fuel, and the potential for transformational change of the electricity grid through widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies and electric vehicles.
 
 
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Angela Nickerson
The University of New South Wales / Harvard Medical School
Research Interest: Clinical Psychology – refugee mental health
 
Angela’s postdoctoral research at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital will investigate anger responses in Cambodian refugees following mass trauma. Her postdoctoral research at Harvard will complement her doctoral examinations of the mental health of Mandaean refugees resettled in Australia, and the testing of psychological interventions for refugees and torture survivors at the Traumatic Stress Clinic in Sydney, Australia.
 
 
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Slavé Petrovski
The University of Melbourne / Duke University
Research Interest: Medicine - genomics and machine learning
 
Slavé's doctoral research at Duke University focuses on the development of multigenic models to predict clinical outcomes in complex diseases. He will be investigating novel genome-wide approaches to detecting combinations of genetic markers inferring disease and/or treatment outcomes, which would otherwise be missed by single variable approaches. Slavé is a PhD student at The University of Melbourne. He has a combined background in Information Systems and Genetics with international training in Bioinformatics.
 
 
The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Fellow
Edward Sanders
The University of Melbourne / Stanford University
Research Interest: MBA - Energy, climate change and sustainability
 
Edward’s current research interest reflects some of the key issues facing the Australian economy: energy, climate change and sustainability. His study aims to bring back to Australia the critical thinking, business models and leadership perspectives to launch a new venture in the clean technology sector. Prior to commencing his MBA studies, Edward completed an Economics degree at The University of Melbourne before working internationally as a strategy consultant.
 
 
Qantas Airways Fellows
Tracy Slatyer
The Australian National University / Harvard University
Research Interest: Physics - particle astrophysics

Tracy is researching the nature and properties of “dark matter”, which is thought to make up 5/6 of the universe’s matter, but is not composed of any known particles. She has developed models of dark matter which explain recently measured astrophysical anomalies. During her Fellowship she will investigate the consequences of these models for upcoming satellite and particle collider experiments. Tracy is a Menzies Scholar and was previously awarded the Grimwade and Purcell Fellowships.