Australia Fellows - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
The Australia Fellowship was designed by the National Health and Medical Research Council to attract and retain research leaders in health in Australia.
Successful applicants have leading international status in their fields and are now conducting research programs of major benefit to Australia.
Researchers who came to Monash as part of the scheme are:
Professor Nadia Rosenthal
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI)
Professor Nadia Rosenthal’s research focuses on embryonic heart development, ageing mechanisms, and stem cell-driven regeneration of neuromuscular and cardiac tissue.
Her exceptional scientific credentials include 16 years at the Harvard Medical School. She is currently director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory outstation in Monterotondo, Italy.
Professor Rosenthal’s leadership role at ARMI includes reviewing, developing and implementing a University-wide regenerative medicine research strategy, supporting and coordinating a number of collaborative ventures and developing networks in and outside Monash University.
Professor Shaun Jackson
Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
Professor Shaun Jackson (MBBS, B. Med. Sci. Ph.D.) is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and faculty member at the prestigious Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, San Diego (USA).
Professor Jackson is a co-founder of the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases and a founder of Kinacia, an Australian biotechnology company developing diagnostic and therapeutic products aimed at preventing blood clotting.
Professor Jackson has received numerous awards in recognition of his research in haemostasis and thrombosis:
- the Inaugural Premier's Award for Medical Research (1995)
- the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Clinical Investigators Award
- Supervisor of the Year Award (Commendation)
- an NHMRC R. Douglas Wright Award
- the Australian Institute of Political Science 'Tall Poppy' Award
- Monash University's Silver Jubilee Research Prize (2001)
- the Rudolph Virchow Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Thrombosis Research (Würzburg, Germany)
- the AMGEN Award from the Australian Society for Medical Research (2005)
Professor Charles Mackay
School of Biomedical Sciences
Charles Mackay is an immunologist working on the molecular basis of immune responses, particularly inflammatory responses. His research focuses on mechanisms of cell migration, and cytokines and chemokines for immune responses. His research has relevance to immunological diseases, including new monoclonal antibody treatments for inflammation, fibrosis and cancer.
Professor Mackay completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne. He has worked at the Basel Institute for Immunology, LeukoSite Inc., Millennium Therapeutics in Boston USA and Garvan Institute in Sydney.
He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, is an Institute for Sciences Information (ISI) highly cited author, and has published over 135 papers.
Professor Mackay moved to Monash University in mid 2009.
Professor Jamie Rossjohn
School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professor Jamie Rossjohn's research is centred on understanding the basis of infection and immunity, specifically (i) recognition of pathogens by the host's innate and adaptive immune system (ii) aberrant T-cell reactivity in the context of T-cell alloreactivity, autoimmunity and drug hypersensitivities.
Professor Rossjohn's research team and collaborators have provided seminal insight into the processes linked to infection and immunity, and have published more than 200 research papers in this area, including in journals such as Nature, Cell, Science, Nature Immunology, Immunity, J. Exp. Med and PNAS.
Professor Rossjohn completed his PhD at Bath University, UK (1994) and relocated to Australia in 1995 and moved to Monash University in 2002.
His major awards/fellowships include:
- 2001Ramaciotti New Investigator Award
- 2003 Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Roche medallist.
- 2004Science Ministers Prize: Life Scientist of the Year
- 2007Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk medal
- 2007Commonwealth Health Ministers Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research
- 2011 Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation Recognition Prize (jointly with Prof. McCluskey)
- 1995 Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowship
- 1998 Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (3 years).
- 2000 R.D. Wright NHMRC Research Fellowship (4 years).
- 2001 Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship in Biomedical Science
- 2006 Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship
- 2006 Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship
- 2011 NHMRC Australia Fellowship
His research is supported by Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria, the Association for International Cancer Research, the National Institutes of Health and Monash University.