Leading researchers

Monash researchers are regularly honoured by the Australian Government and other peak researching bodies for their outstanding and continued commitment to research in Australia.

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 Nigel Bunnett
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Nigel Bunnett

Professor Bunnett's research program seeks to understand the mechanisms of inflammation that underlie diseases of global relevance that are often accompanied by intractable pain and functional abnormalities of inflamed organs. The ultimate goal of these studies is to develop more selective and effective therapies and to devise new approaches to detection of the earliest stages of disease before irreversible organ damage has occurred.

Professor Bunnett and his research team have joined the Drug Discovery Biology laboratory at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) located at the Parkville campus.

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Professor Nadia Rosenthal
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI)

Professor Nadia Rosenthal

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.

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Professor Charles Mackay
School of Biomedical Sciences

Professor Charles Mackay

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.

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Professor Jamie Rossjohn
School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Prof Jamie Rossjohn

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.

Rossjohn Lab

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Australian Laureate Fellows

Awarded 2013

Professor Trevor Lithgow
Department of Microbiology

Trevor Lithgow portrait

Professor Lithgow, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, earned international recognition after a series of ground-breaking findings about the nature of bacteria and their surface architecture.

Awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2013, Trevor is working to deliver a detailed understanding and visual rendering of molecular machines at work on the surface of bacteria. These machines are excellent targets for new drugs and the surface-exposed nature of the machinery means that it could serve as a basis in new vaccine strategies.

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Professor Arthur Lowery

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering and Monash Vision Group

Arthur Lowery

Professor Lowery is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Arthur’s Laureate Fellowship will help his deliver the science for a new generation of green optical networks, by identifying optimum combinations of electronic and photonic signal processing to solve fundamental data bottlenecks.

Professor Lowery is a Science Leader in the ARC's Centre of Excellence in Devices for Ultrahigh bandwidth Optical Systems (CUDOS) and the Director of the Monash Vision Group, which aims to develop a bionic eye implant, funded by the ARC’s Special Research Initiative in Bionic Vision.

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Awarded 2013

Professor Douglas MacFarlane
School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Prof Doug Macfarlane

Professor Doug MacFarlane is Professor of Chemistry at Monash University, and a Program Leader in the Australian Centre for Electromaterials Sciences, an ARC Centre of Excellence hosted at Monash.

Doug is an International Fellow of Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom, an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Green Manufacturing at the University of Alabama and a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

His current research interests include ionic liquids for a range of applications in electrochemistry, green chemistry, solar cells and batteries and biotechnology. Doug's Laureate Fellowship will help him create novel materials that will be used to develop new sustainable chemical technologies, focusing on new approaches to the conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals and for renewable energy generation and storage.

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Professor Michael Fuhrer
School of Physics, Faculty of Science

Prof Michael Fuhrer

Professor Michael Fuhrer is currently a Professor in the University of Maryland's Department of Physics, Associate Director of the Maryland NanoCenter and Director of the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials (CNAM) - one of the largest condensed matter physics groups in the United States.

Michael's move to Australia will allow him to start entirely new directions in his research, including the establishment of a laboratory for synthesizing and studying two-dimensional electronic materials that will be unique in the world.

Michael is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has received numerous awards including the Alford Ward Chair of Semiconductor Physics at the University of Maryland, the Richard A. Ferrell Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, and a US NSF Graduate Fellowship.

Michael's research interests include the properties of carbon nanotubes and elucidating the mechanisms which govern electronic conduction of graphene.

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Professor Nicholas Wormald
School of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science

Prof Nicholas Wormald

Professor Nicholas Wormald is Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimisation at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Nicholas was awarded his PhD in Mathematics at The University of Newcastle in 1979. He has held appointments at The University of Melbourne, the University of Auckland and the University of Waterloo. His Australian Laureate Fellowship will bring him home to Australia.

Professor Wormald has received numerous awards including the research medal of the Australian Mathematical Society and the Euler medal of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. New mathematical methods of his invention have been applied to fields outside mathematics, such as computer science, and he also has results on underground mine design.

Nicholas’s Australian Laureate Fellowship will help him explore new approaches, insights and results for probabilistic combinatorics. In applying these new approaches, Nicholas aims to discover solutions to fundamental mathematical problems and provide versatile tools of widespread use in algorithmic computer science, with other applications in physics, coding theory for communications, and genetics.

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Federation Fellows

Awarded 2008

Professor James Whisstock
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Prof James Whisstock

Professor James Whisstock is a world-leading expert on bio-information and structural biology. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on the group of proteins known as serpins.

Professor Whisstock is a National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow and Logan Fellow at Monash University. He is also a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Structural and Functional Microbial Genomics.

Membrane Attack Complex/Perforin-like (MACPF) proteins play central roles in vertebrate immunity, embryonic patterning and neural development. Professor Whisstock's research program aims to better understand the links between immunity and development. Data from his research will be crucial for developing approaches to control unwanted MACPF function in transplant rejection and diseases like Type 1 diabetes.

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Professor Trevor Lithgow
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Prof Trevor Lithgow

Professor Lithgow is an international leader in the fields of protein targeting and membrane assembly.

His research is working towards an understanding of the molecular machine that transfers proteins into mitochondria.

Professor Lithgow aims to capitalise on biochemical techniques and bioinformatics developed by his laboratory. He hopes to apply these techniques to learn more about the structure, function and assembly of the molecular machines in bacteria and to better understand how the human immune system can cope with microbial invaders. His work involves research in genetics, microbiology, computer science and molecular biology, and links research groups in Australia with key international laboratories.
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