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2016 American Australian Association Fellows

Thursday, August 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Meet the 2016 Fellows!



Top Scholars Appointed

The American Australian Association’s Education Fund is pleased to announce the selection of fifteen outstanding Fellows to the 2016 Australia to US and US to Australia Fellowships. The Fellows will be conducting cutting edge research in the sciences, mathematics and medical fields capitalizing on their background in Australia and America's unique geo-strategic research fields.   

The Education Fund

The Association annually awards Fellowships for postgraduate and postdoctoral research, in medicine, technology, sustainability, and engineering. Fellowships are awarded to Australian and American researchers through the Australia to US and US to Australia Fellowship Programs to promote advanced studies.  To date, over 250 Fellows have received awards totaling over $6 million.
The Fellowships are funded through sponsorship of key corporate members and a series of Annual Benefit Dinners honoring prominent Australians and Americans. Further information on the Education Program is available on our website.

2016 American Australian Association Australia to USA Fellows  


Mark Hilton

International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York
Research Interest : Artist 

Mark Hilton is a contemporary artist working across a variety of materials and methods to investigate passages between the impossible to the inevitable. Hilton has exhibited widely including Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Galerie Petronas, Kuala Lumpur; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and Careof, Milano.


Bechtel Fellow

Gabriel Collin

MIT/Australian National University
Research Interest: Physics 

Gabriel is a physics PhD student at MIT. His research focuses on neutrino physics, and he works on the IceCube south-pole neutrino observatory. His current interest is in developing and applying cutting edge machine learning techniques to analyze the huge amount of data that neutrino experiments generate. 


Chevron Fellow 

Alison Levens

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/Monash University
Research Interest: Sustainability 

Alison’s postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina will focus on the sustainable chemical synthesis of medically relevant materials from cheap raw chemicals. Central to this research is the use of visible light to promote chemical transformations, employing purely organic catalysts over expensive and dwindling platinum group metals.


Dow Chemical Company Fellow  

Carol Hua

Northwestern University/University of Sydney
Research Interest: Technology

Carol completed her PhD at the University of Sydney on multi-functional materials. Her postdoctoral studies will be undertaken at Northwestern University on stimuli responsive magnetic materials. These advanced materials have potential widespread use in nano-scale memory and circuit components, allowing for the development of increasing compact devices with enhanced functionalities.



Northrop Grumman Fellow 

Scott Mullane

Harvard University/Melbourne University
Research Interest: Mathematics

Scott is an algebraic geometer working in the area of moduli spaces, which arise everywhere from modeling the universe in physics to analyzing the structures of DNA in biology. Through his work at Harvard University, Scott will investigate the birational geometry of the moduli space of Riemann surfaces.


  Qantas Fellow 

Felix Ellett

Massachusetts General Hospital/University of Melbourne
Research Interest: Biomedical Engineering

Felix is developing non-invasive, “infection-on-a-chip” microfluidic assays aimed at identifying children who might be at high risk of infection following trauma or burn injury. This platform will also be used to identify new treatments to boost the immune system against infection, a key strategy in a post-antibiotic world.


  University of Queensland Fellow 

Jacob Coffey

MIT/University of Queensland
Research Interest: Technology

Jacob is a biomedical researcher who utilizes surface chemistry and microfabrication to engineer biomaterials that treat and diagnose diseases in ways not possible with current medicine. His particular interest is developing in vivo medical devices to target areas of the body where effective access has traditionally been limited.


Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Bridget Callaghan

Columbia University/University of New South Wales
Research Interest: Pediatrics

Bridget focuses on the developing memory system as a potential pathway from stress to illness, due to its centrality to everyday life and clear disruption in numerous health disorders. Early adversity is strongly associated with mental illness. Exactly how early adversity increases mental health risk, however, remains elusive. 

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Martin Seneviratne

Stanford University/University of Sydney
Research Interest: Bioinformatics

Martin is a doctor at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a background in software development. A University Medalist and founder of several health-based mobile apps, Martin currently sits on the national board of the Health Informatics Society of Australia and serves as a Clinical Governance Advisor to the National e-Health Transition Authority.

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Yichen Shi

Harvard University/Australian National University
Research Interest: Physics

Yichen is a graduate student in theoretical physics at Harvard University. Previously, she studied at Cambridge University, UK, and Macquarie University, Australia. Her research is on rotating black holes (in particular, applications of the Kerr/CFT correspondence) and she aims to use analytical methods to bridge astrophysics and theoretical physics. 

Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Martin Stewart

MIT/University of Technology, Sydney
Research Interest: Medicine 

Martin arrived at MIT by way of Australia, Germany, and Switzerland. He did his Bachelor of Science in Sydney before completing a PhD in cell biophysics in Europe. Now as a postdoc in the Jensen and Langer Labs, his research focuses on mechanisms of intracellular delivery and the cellular response. 

2015-2016 American Australian Association USA to Australia Fellows  


Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics Fellow
Michael Barratta

University of Adelaide/University of Colorado, Boulder
Research Interest: Biophotonics 

Michael's research is directed at understanding experiential factors that modulate the impact of stressors on brain function and behavior. Integrating genetic and optical technologies, his work seeks to identify circuits within the pre-frontal cortex that produce long-term stress resistance, and how this can inform therapeutic efforts focused on inculcating resilience.


University of Queensland Fellow
Oluseun Aremu

University of Queensland/ Carnegie Mellon University
Research Interest: Sustainability

Oluseun is a GEM Fellow and M.Sc. graduate from Carnegie Mellon University. His PhD research will address mining’s occupational hazards and environmental impacts by leveraging Prognostics Health Management approaches to enable machines to predict, detect, and communicate their Remaining Useful Life, critical system faults, and state of health. 


Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Jessica Beach 

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Research Interest: Ovarian Cancer   

Jessica completed her PhD in Biomedical Science & Translational Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Under the supervision of Professor David Bowtell, she is working to identify and characterize genetic drivers of reactive stroma/desmoplasia, a key feature of chemoresistant ovarian cancer. This research will aid in the development of new diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets for ovarian cancer.


Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow 
Joshua Hamon  

Monash University/University of Oklahoma
Research Interest: Chemical Engineering    

Joshua, a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma, is investigating the effects of roughness on surfactant adsorption by employing controlled lateral confinement using nano-structures. Understanding the effects of roughness will ultimately lead to more effective use of surfactants in many areas including oil recovery, manufacturing, recycling, and more.



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