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Dr. Matthew D. Hall
University of Sydney/School of Public Health-John Hopkins University.
Research Interest: metals in biology & impact their on anti cancer drugs.
It is only now emerging how living organisms handle metals that are both toxic and essential to the human diet. Dr. Hall received the Le Fevre Lectureship Prize at the University of Sydney as well as the George Harris Postgraduate Award, along with the Agnes Campbell Prize. When Dr. Hall returns to Australia he intends to establish research projects to further examine how cells handle metals; and eventually form a cross-disciplinary research unit.
 
 
 
 

 Dr. Peter Y. Liu
University of Sydney/University of California, LA Harbor Medical Center 
Research Interest: Declining Testosterone production with age
 
He was the recipient from the University of Sydney of the James Aitken and the E. Trenchard Miller Memorial Scholarships as well as the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Neil Hamilton Fairley and the Postdoctoral Scholarships. He also received the Royal Australasian College of Physician’s Vincent Fairfax Family Scholarship. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic studying Endocrinology and male reproductive medicine. He has been asked to research at the as part of this postdoctoral training. His research has focused on understanding why men produce less testosterone as they age and how this might be prevented. Dr. Liu plans to return to Australia and secure an academic position at University of Sydney and a hospital appointment in Sydney.

Dr. Alexander Swarbrick
University of New South Wales/University of California
Research Interest: Breast Cancer

He received the Beckman Instruments Biochemistry Honours Medal, the Australian Federal Government's Australian Postgraduate Award and the St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney award for Excellence in Research. He has recently commenced postdoctoral training in the G.W. Hooper Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco. Because spreading of breast cancer to other organs is the ultimate cause of death for most patients, Dr. Swarbrick aims to study genes involved in the progression of breast cancer to invasive and metastatic disease. He will work under Prof. J. Michael Bishop, the Nobel laureate whose group first identified cellular oncogenes. Dr. Swarbrick will return to Australia and hopes to further contribute to Australia's cancer research capabilities.



Dr. Amany Zekry
University of Sydney/Duke University
Research Interest: Hepatology

Dr. Zekry completed her PhD in liver disease in 2003. Dr. Zekry received a National Health and Medical Research Council’s Medical Postgraduate Scholarship. She currently holds a clinical/academic position in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. She plans to research and study at the Duke University Medical Center as a postdoctoral fellow in hepatology. Dr. Zekry wishes to investigate the responses associated with antiviral treatment of hepatitis C, which would enhance treatment of the virus. She intends, on her return to Australia, to establish a research unit to further study hepatitis and gastroenterological diseases.



Merck Company Foundation Fellow
Dr. Vikram Khurana
University of Sydney/Harvard Medical School
Research Interest: Neuroscience
of Sydney is a first class honors graduate in Medicine and Surgery and from the University of Sydney. Dr. Khurana was awarded the New South Wales Premier’s Medal in 1993, and received numerous awards at the University of Sydney including the J.T. Wilson and Renwick Prizes for Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience. As a medical student, Dr. Khurana evinced an interest in neurodegenerative diseases of the brain. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2001, he began working towards his PhD in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Khurana is currently continuing his dissertation research that involves developing novel therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer’s disease. Upon returning to Australia, Dr. Khurana intends to facilitate dialogue between American and Australian biomedical researchers, and continue research using new techniques learned in the U.S.

ANZ Investment Bank Fellow
Mr. Sunnie H. N. Lim
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology/E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Research Interest: material science and characterization.
Mr. Lim wishes to understand the relationship between plasma dynamics and properties of films. This will facilitate control and organization of coating processes. His research at the Berkeley Lab will give him access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to investigate the nanostruc tures of films within metals. These facilities are not currently available in Australia. He will also be collaborating with world-class researchers. Dr. Lim’s research will have benefits for the healthcare and the developing bio-device industries in Australia. Upon returning to Australia, he intends to continue his research as a materials scientist with collaborative links to the United States.

Qantas Airways Fellow
Ms. Palitja Woodruff
University of Melbourne/Columbia University
Research Interest: Environmental Science & Policy Public Administration

At Columbia, Ms. Woodruff intends to examine how to achieve sustainable development through urban planning policy with respect to the needs of Aboriginal communities. She has written a number Community Layout Plans for Aboriginal communities in Australia, especially in the East Kimberley region. When she returns to Australia she intends to become involved in policy planning to assist the current policy of self-determination for Aboriginal communities.
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