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Fiona Soper
 
The 2011 Alcoa Foundation Fellow  

Fiona Soper
University of Queensland/Cornell University
Research Interest: Environmental sustainability- Plant ecology

Fiona’s doctoral research will investigate plant traits that enable the encroachment of trees into savannahs and grazing lands. By quantifying nutrient inputs during this process and the potential creation of greenhouse gases, she aims to contribute to better understanding and management of this widespread ecological issue in Australia and elsewhere.
   
  Steven Wales
 

The 2011 Amgen Fellow

Steven Wales
University of Wollongong / University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Research Interest: Synthetic Chemistry

Steven did his PhD in synthetic chemistry in 2010, and will now embark on postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, investigating the development of an efficient method to synthesize the medicinally important ‘indole diterpene’ chemical class, which is not naturally abundant. This strategy will also enable modifications to the chemical structures of the natural substances, with the aim of optimizing their medicinal properties.

 
Bradley Clarke
 

The 2011 Chevron Fellow
 
Bradley Clarke
RMIT University/ University of Arizona
Research Interest: Environmental Science

Brad will conduct post-doctoral research at the University of Arizona on the removal of trace-level organic constituents during water treatment. This study aims to develop real-time monitoring techniques for water treatment operational performance to ensure effective removal of organic contaminants in potable water.

 
Ben Ovenden
 

The 2011 ConocoPhillips Fellow

Ben Ovenden
Charles Sturt University / North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Research Interest: Crop Science Genetics Statistics

Ben is investigating the ability of wheat to accumulate carbohydrates to act as a reserve in the event of drought. Ben is using whole genome analysis methods to identify genome regions that are associated with the inheritance of this trait so that it can be incorporated into new wheat cultivars.
 
 
 
Emma Dell
 

The 2011 Dow Chemical Company Fellow

 
Emma Dell
Oxford University / Columbia University
Research Interest: Organic Photovoltaics
 
Emma is pursuing a PhD at Columbia University in the field of organic photovoltaics and organic field effect transistors. She hopes to modulate the band gap of polymers using a novel oxidation technique to improve the efficiency of solar cells and other devices.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shom Goel
 
The 2011 Merck Company Foundation Fellow
 
Shom Goel
University of Sydney/ Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Research Interest: Tumor Biology/breast cancer

Shom, a medical oncologist with a specialization in breast cancer, is doing his doctoral research at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  He is investigating the fundamental mechanisms of angiogenesis in breast cancers and is developing novel anti-angiogenic therapies, aiming to rapidly translate his findings into human trials. 

 
  
Shane Liddelow

The 2011 Neurological Fellow
 
Shane Liddelow
University of Melbourne/ Stanford Medical School
Research Interest:  Neuroscience and Neuro-pharmacology
 

Shane will undertake postdoctoral training at the Stanford Medical School focusing on the role of astrocytes, the nourishing and supporting cells of the brain. The research will focus on the role of these astrocytes in early brain development and in a range of neurological diseases.  Specifically the study will investigate how alterations in normal development can lead to disorders such as cerebral palsy, schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s disease, in later life.

 
 
 
Graham Doig
 
 
 
The 2011 QANTAS Airlines Fellow

Graham Doig

University of New South Wales / The United States Naval Academy 

Research Interest: Fluid Dynamics – Shockwave/Fire Interaction
 
Graham’s post-doctoral research is aimed at better understanding how shock waves can be used a means of extinguishing large-scale wildfires. At the US Naval Academy, he will conduct transonic wind tunnel tests and numerical simulations to advance the potential for using aircraft-generated shock waves to achieve this goal, as a prelude to tests with actual aircraft.
 
 
 Samantha Duncan
 
 
 
The 2011 Westfield Fellow

Samantha Duncan
University of Queensland / Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Research Interest: Sustainable Development in Emerging Markets
Samantha examines private-sector financing solutions for sustainable grassroots development in emerging markets. At SAIS, Samantha will investigate innovative solutions to blend private financial capital with social incentives and better create win-win partnerships between capital-rich investors and capital-poor emerging market entrepreneurs.
 
 Peter Metaxas
 
 
The 2011 Pratt Fellow
 
Peter Metaxas
University of Western Australia/ Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interest: Physics
 
Peter’s project will be focused upon using a revolutionary material known as graphene for the detection of bio-molecules. This research is hoped to provide a pathway towards the realization of a new generation of sophisticated medical diagnostics devices and will build upon Peter's prior experience in nano-fabrication and electrical measurements.
 

 

The 2011 Australia to US Sir Keith Murdoch Fellows

Robyn Brown
Robyn Brown
Florey Neuroscience Institute / Medical University of South Carolina
Research Interest: Behavioral neuroscience

Robyn’s post-doctoral research at the Medical University of South Carolina will focus on investigating the synaptic changes which underlie the transition to drug addiction. Her research will explore the role of a specific receptor which represents a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of drug addiction.
 
 
 
 
Cameron Keating
 
 
 
Cameron Keating
The University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons/
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Interest: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
 
Cameron is researching an innovative surgical technique that could dramatically improve nerve recovery after traumatic injuries and hand and face transplants. With recovery rates 10-fold faster and higher compared to standard microsurgery, Cameron has submitted a provisional patent application and is planning clinical trials in 2012. A Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery trainee and a University of Melbourne MD student, Cameron holds an Australian Postgraduate Award and is a former Fulbright Scholar and Melbourne National Medicine Scholar.
 
Khoshmanesh Khashayar

Khoshmanesh Khashayar
Deakin University/Stanford University
Research Interest: Bio-mechanical Engineering
 
Khoshmanesh's research interests include microfluidics, nanotechnology, and lab-on-a-chip systems, and particularly the dielectrophoretic-based microfluidic systems for a range of biomedical applications including manipulation, separation, immobilization, and characterization of cells and bacteria group.At Stanford University his research aims to develop a novel microfluidic system for the rapid diagnosis of bacterial infections in blood samples via isotachophoresis. 
 
Robert Saye

Robert Saye
Australian National University / University of California, Berkeley
Research Interest: Applied Mathematics
 
Robert is doing his post-graduate work in Applied Mathematics at University of California, Berkeley. Together with Robert's adviser, James Sethian, he is developing new mathematical and computational algorithms to study problems involving interconnected interfaces between multiple regions whose motion is determined by complex physics and chemistry, e.g. multi-cellular structures seen in foams, biology and engineering. The work has promising applications in a wide range areas, including physics, computer science, engineering, biology and industry.
 
Bridgette Semple
 
 

Bridgette Semple
Monash University / University of California, San Francisco
Research Interest: Neuroscience
 
Bridgette’s postdoctoral research at the University of California San Francisco will employ pharmacological and genetic strategies to investigate the protease neutrophil elastase, hypothesized to be a determinant of damage after traumatic injury to the developing brain. These studies are the critical first step towards the development of novel neutrophil-targeted therapeutics, with the ultimate goal of improving long-term outcomes for brain-injured children. 
  

 

 
 
 
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