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The 2013 Alcoa Foundation Fellow
 
Adrian Camilleri
University of New South Wales/ Duke University 
Research Interest: Sustainability
Adrian’s postdoctoral research at Duke University will utilize insights from psychology and behavioral economics to develop interventions that promote pro-environmental decision-making. The research output will exemplify a social science approach to addressing the threat of climate change.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

The 2013 Amgen Fellow

Arjun Goyal 
University of Melbourne/Harvard University 
Research Interest: Medicine
Arjun is a physician currently doing his MBA at Harvard University. He is exploring new models of drug development that integrate biomarkers into clinical development and therapy. He is also seeking capital from non-traditional funding sources, with the ultimate aim being to contribute to Australia's nascent biotechnology industry.
 
 
  
 

 
 

 
The 2013 AUSART Fellow
 
Jessie English
Sydney College/Parsons, The New School
Interest: Photography 
 
Jessie English is a photographer who will be doing her Master’s Program in Fine Arts at Parsons, The New School. Her practice manipulates photography to investigate power structures, gender, and the nature of public and private memory. She has exhibited her Photomedia and Installation works in Sydney, Berlin, Malmo, New York, and London.  Jessie holds an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts.
 
 
 

 
The 2013 Bechtel Fellowship
 
Ashkan Yousefi 
University of Western Australia/ Penn State University 
Research Interest: Engineering
 
Ashkan will be designing an optimized scheme to increase energy demand flexibility which enables customers to make informed decisions for more effective use of electricity. His research is driven by the need to reduce or reverse environmental impacts by use of renewable energy resources.  
 

 
 

The 2013 Chevron Fellow
 
Simon Bonyhady 
Monash University/Yale University
Research Interest: Chemistry
Simon will conduct postdoctoral research at Yale University into novel transition metal systems. By focusing on non-toxic and readily available metals such as iron, cobalt and nickel, this research will lead to the development of a new generation of green catalysts to replace current systems based on expensive and toxic metals.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

The 2013 ConocoPhillips Fellow

Michelle Chong
University of Melbourne/University of California, Santa Barbara 
Research Interest: Engineering
Michelle's postdoctoral research will be on developing systematic design methodologies for the estimation and control of complex dynamical systems like the human brain, with performance guarantees for measurement of corruption. This work has the potential of creating new avenues for the management of debilitating neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease.
 
 
 
  

 


 
 
 

The 2013 Dow Chemical Company Fellowship
 
Stephen Merity
University of Sydney/ Harvard University 
Research Interest: Engineering
Stephen is pursuing a Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering at Harvard University. His study involves using computing, specifically machine learning and large scale analytics, to improve the feedback in massive open online course (MOOC) platforms. Stephen has previously been involved in two online educational platforms, the National Computer Science School and Grok Learning.
 
 
 
 

 

The 2013 Baillie Family Fellowship
 
Steven Mong
University of New South Wales/University of Pennsylvania
Research Interest: Sustainable business entrepreneurship
Steven is completing his MBA at The Wharton School. He is investigating entrepreneurial ventures and systems that can be implemented in growing and developing regions. Steven is passionate about initiatives that have both social impact and commercial potential. His research interests build upon his experience as an international strategy consultant and projects he has worked on around the world.
 
 
 
 

The 2013 Merck Company Foundation Fellowship
 
Alexandra Manos-Turvey
University of Sydney/ University of Pittsburgh 
Research Interest: Medicine 
Alexandra’s postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh will focus upon the search for potent inhibitors of the heat shock protein, Hsp70, related to cancer cell proliferation and survival.By combining both biological and chemical research, and in conjunction with an America-based consortium, Alexandra will work toward the development of Hsp70 inhibitors as novel anti-cancer agents.
 
 
 
 
 

  
 

The 2013 Pratt Fellowship
 
Michael Power 
University of Melbourne/Harvard University
Research Interest: Public Policy
Michael will use his masters to look at how government can drive and manage difficult economic transitions in a way that puts equity first. His research will focus on the transition away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy in Australia, and will encompass both the policy and political dimensions of that transition.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The 2013 University of Queensland Fellowship
 
Matthew Thompson 
The University of Queensland/ Harvard University
Research Interests: Forensic Expertise and Medical Diagnosis
Matthew’s postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School will research the judgments of forensic and medical experts and the accuracy of their decisions. Outcomes will inform policing and increase the value of expert testimony in the courtroom.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

The 2013 Westfield Fellowship

Sinthujan Jegaskanda
University of Melbourne/National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Research Interest: Vaccines
Sinthujan’s postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will focus on understanding the immunity produced by influenza vaccines, with the aim to design better live-attenuated influenza vaccines against potentially pandemic viruses such as H5N1 and H7N9. 
 
 
 
 
 

 The 2013 Australia to US Sir Keith Murdoch Fellows

 
 
 
Frances Evesson
University of Sydney/Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital 
Research Interest: Cell biology
Frances is interested in the process by which skeletal muscle repairs from activity induced damage, and how this repair mechanism is defective in patients with dysferlin muscular dystrophy. Her research project will use a cell culture model of skeletal muscle injury coupled with live microscopy to help dissect the molecular machinery involved in the repair process, and to better define the exact role dysferlin plays in skeletal muscle. This work is also supported by the Jain Foundation. 
 

    
 
Graham White
Monash University/University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Research Interest: Particle Physics and Cosmology
Graham will be a guest scholar at the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions, Massachusetts. Under the supervision of Professor Michael Ramsey-Musolf, Graham will use results from cutting edge high energy particle physics including the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva to model and test models of particle cosmology. 
 
 

 
 

Heather Kember
University of Sydney/ Northeastern University 
Research Interest: Speech Science  
Heather completed her PhD at the University of Sydney and is now a postdoctoral research fellow at Northeastern University under the mentorship of Dr. Rupal Patel. Her research is investigating a novel way to improve reading fluency and intelligibility for second language learners by using computer software that provides visual prosodic cues to guide oral reading.
 

 
 
 
Jenny Giles
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ University of Queensland
Research Interest: Ichthyology and Forensic Genetics
Jenny will be undertaking postdoctoral research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle, in conjunction with the University of California, Davis. Jenny's project builds on her research interest in the application of forensic genetic methods to enforce and monitor the international shark fin trade, and will specifically examine methods to increase detection rates of prohibited shark species in U.S. imports. 
 
 

 
 
Kumiko Percival
University of Melbourne/ Oregon Health and Science University
Research Interest: Medicine
Kumiko’s postdoctoral research will investigate the functional properties of various neural networks within the retina, in order to help us better understand how the retina works in its healthy state. Knowledge gained will also help us pinpoint specific areas of dysfunction in patients with retinal diseases, and lead towards better treatment methods.
 
  

 
   
 
Peter Grace
University of Adelaide/ University of Colorado, Boulder
Research Interest: Medicine
Peter’s research is focused on unraveling how immune system malfunction drives chronic pain and the side effects of narcotic pain therapies. Under the Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship, he aims to discover interactions between morphine’s signaling pathways that may be exploited to develop effective, side effect-free painkillers. 
 
  

     
Philip Ryan 
Florey Institute of Neuroscience/ University of Washington, Seattle
Research Interest: Neuroscience
Philip’s research project is to deconstruct the neural circuitry underlying appetite and feeding behavior, using cutting edge technologies such as optogenetics, which allow targeted neurons to be activated or inhibited by light. This research is particularly important in understanding disorders such as obesity, which is reaching epidemic proportions on a global scale, and feeding disorders, such as anorexia nervosa.
 
 

 
    
 
 
Sindy Cole
University of New South Wales/ Boston College
Research Interest: Neuroscience
Sindy’s post-doctoral training at Boston College provides insight into how food-associated cues gain the ability to drive overeating. Sindy will investigate the neural circuits recruited during cue-driven overeating and how this circuit engages homeostatic feeding systems including certain neuropeptides.
 
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