School of Chemistry Alumni

Our graduates

Despina Anastasiou

Despina Anastasiou

Despina Anastasiou joined Dow Chemical (Australia) as a chemist, 23 years ago, eager to leave behind a lab coat. She is now the $57 Billion company's business development director for the Asia Pacific and about to begin a "dream" assignment in Greece – her parents' homeland.
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Greg Ayers

Dr Greg Ayers

Atmospheric scientist

Atmospheric scientist Greg Ayers (BSc(Hons) 1972, PhD 1976) is the former director of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). Prior to joining the BoM in 2009 Dr Ayers had an impressive career in fundamental and applied research.

Matthew Belousoff

Matthew Belousoff

Bachelor of Science (Hons) (2005) PhD (2009)

After winning a Fulbright scholarship as a Monash science student, Matthew Belousoff's research career eventually took him to Israel, where he works alongside Professor Ada Yonath, the 2011 winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry.

Dr Paul Fraser

Dr Paul Fraser

Leader of the Changing Atmosphere research group at the CSIRO

"My time at Monash University was inspirational – you couldn't help but have a memorable time there, it was so vibrant."

Lesley Gillespie

Lesley Gillespie

Co-founder, executive director and joint CEO of Bakers Delight

"I loved science. It was definite, and I was expected to work at a high standard with academic rigour at Monash. I liked that."

Dennis O'Neill

Dennis O'Neill

Consultant, former diplomat, and mentor

"I'd be the person to translate difficult, challenging technical issues into terminology that people without a technical background could understand."

Alan and Jane Oppenheim

Alan and Jane Oppenheim

Alan and Jane Oppenheim are putting their diverse skills to work at Ego Pharmaceuticals, a privately owned Australian company and manufacturers of the QV Skincare range. They invest in dermatological education and research and have subsidiaries in Malaysia, Singapore and the UK.
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John Parrott

Dr John Parrott

Former executive at BHP Billiton

"My years doing my PhD were some of the best years of my life. Chemistry is a science that explains the fundamentals of the planet."

Andrea Robinson

Professor Andrea Robinson

Associate Dean (Research)

A "beautiful" molecule, a fine mind and venture capital have combined to form a potential boon to diabetics worldwide.

Dr Ray Shaw

Dr Ray Shaw

Former head of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance division at Varian

"I was meeting lots of people in the well-known big Silicon Valley companies, travelling round the world visiting major universities and talking to other scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, who were using our equipment."