Early Career Research Award

This Award focuses on excellence in research relative to career opportunities, for researchers with up to 5 years of experience post-PhD.

Prior to 2014, this Award was known as the Young Investigator Award.

2017 Laura Edgington-Mitchell

Dr Laura Edgington-Mitchell has developed versatile new chemical tools to measure protease activation in live animals, tissues, and cells. She is applying these tools to answer key questions about protease function during health and disease (including inflammatory diseases and cancer).

Edgington-Mitchell’s strong international reputation is evidenced by 27 publications in top journals (including Nature Medicine), seven grants (including an Early Career Fellowship and NHMRC Project Grant), and invitations to speak at national and international conferences, and numerous international collaborations across industrial, academic and clinical settings. She has recently been awarded a Grimwade Fellowship to establish an independent research laboratory at the Bio21 Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology in January 2018.

She has also been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York University College of Dentistry for her contributions to the study of proteases in oral cancer.
Read more about Laura's current research, publications and grants.

2016 Wye-Khay Fong

Dr Fong’s research centred on the physicochemical aspects of lipid-based liquid crystalline systems as ‘on-demand’ drug delivery vehicles, in particular, rendering them heat, enzymatic, pH and photo-responsive. She has been the first to demonstrate both NIR and temperature responsive drug delivery using this approach, and developed novel amphiphilic compounds for incorporation into the materials to render them stimuli responsive.

Dr Fong has 2 patents and published nine first author papers, a book chapter and six further minor author papers, with a total number of citations at 334.  Khay currently holds a Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and just returned from the first phase (2 years at ETH, Switzerland).

2015 TinaMarie Lieu

In her first five years of a researcher interested in the molecular mechanisms of the transmission of itch and pain, TinaMarie has published 15 major papers/reviews/book chapters (Gastroenterology, J Clinical Investigation).

2014 Karen Gregory

In her first five years of a researcher interested in translational neuropharmacology with specific insights into drug discovery for autism, schizophrenia and depression, Karen had published 25 major papers/reviews/book chapters (Science, J. Neurosci., J. Biol. Chem., Mol Pharm). Karen had also received a NHRMC Overseas Biomedical Postdoctoral training fellowship.
Read more about Karen's current research, publications and grants.

2013 Denise Wootten

In her first five years as a researcher interested in GPCR structure function studies with focus on Family B GPCRs and major interest in GLP-1 receptors and their signalling pathways and profiles, Denise Wootten had published 24 major papers/articles (PNAS, IBC, Mol Pharm, JPET, BJP).
Read more about Denise's current research, publications and grants.

2012 Michelle Halls (Joint Award)

In her first five years as a researcher interested in GPCR signalosomes and their role in cell signalling, Michelle Halls had published 28 major papers/articles (JBC, BJP, Mol Pharm, JPET, EMBO, FASEB J, PNAS). Michelle had also received a CJ Martin Fellowship and NHMRC New Investigator Project Grant as sole CI.
Read more about Michelle's research, publications and grants.

2012 Lauren May (Joint Award)

In her first five years as a researcher interested in the role of hypoxia on pharmacology of adenosine receptor-targeting ligands Lauren May had published 18 papers (PNAS, JPET, Mol Pharm, FASEB, BJP). She had also received a NHMRC postdoctoral fellowship and DECRA fellowship.
Read more about Lauren's research, publications and grants.

2011 J Robert Lane

In his first five years as a researcher interested in bitopic GPCR ligands Rob Lane had published 13 major papers including a breakthrough paper in Science reporting the crystal structure of Adenosine A2A GPCR. He had also received a VENI Research Fellowship from The Netherlands, Larkins Fellowship at Monash, and a NHMRC New Investigator Grant.
Read more about Rob's research, publications and grants.

2009 Joseph Nicolazzo (Joint Award)

In his first five years as a researcher interested in understanding the mechanistic factors facilitating drug transport across the blood brain barrier (BBB) Joe Nicolazzo had published 16 papers (J Pharm Sci) and received grant funding from the ANZ Charitable Trusts.
Read more about Joe's research, publications and grants.

2009 Johnson George (Joint Award)

In his first five years as a researcher interested particularly in community pharmacy involvement in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, Johnson George had published 27 papers (Brit J Clin Pharmaco, Ann Pharmacother) and secured major grant funding from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
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2007 Jennifer Short

In her first five years as a researcher interested in the function of neuromodulatory systems that influence addictive behaviours Jennifer Short had published nine high-quality papers (Neuroscience, J of Endocrinology). Jennifer juggles her research with a significant teaching commitment within the undergraduate program.
Read more about Jennifer's research, publications and grants.