Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) - Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis

Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training), responsible for leading and shaping the graduate research training agenda at Monash University in line with broader University strategy.

Professor Georgiou-Karistianis is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in Huntington’s disease (HD) and Friedreich ataxia (FA), and has discovered novel biomarkers for tracking disease progression now being used in early drug development to inform clinical trials. Her work has provided new insights paving the way in how we examine and treat these diseases at the brain, cognitive and motor levels.

Professor Georgiou-Karistianis is the current Director of the Huntington’s Research Group of Victoria (HRGV) and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Huntington's Disease. She serves on a number of international committees, including with the Huntington’s Disease Regulatory Science Consortium (HD-RSC), Critical Path Institute and the Cure Huntington’s Disease Initiative (CHDI, USA) Foundation and is a current board member on the Board of Directors of Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL).

She has led large interdisciplinary clinical programs (IMAGE-HD and IMAGE-FRDA), attracting over $16 million in research funding from the NHMRC, ARC Linkage and philanthropic bodies. She has published over 210 peer-reviewed scientific papers, has been cited 7,500 times and has a H-index of 50 on Google Scholar. She supervised 29 doctoral students to completion, with seven awarded NHMRC ECR Fellowships and one a Fulbright Fellowship.

Prior to her role as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training), Professor Georgiou-Karistianis was the Associate Dean (Graduate Affairs) and then Deputy Dean (Academic and Graduate Affairs) within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Monash University.

She also heads the Georgiou-Karistianis Experimental Neuropsychology Research Unit within the Turner Institute of Brain and Mental Health.

Professor Georgiou-Karistianis has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University in 1997.