Monash BDI’s ARC DP20 success contributes to university leading Go8

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The Australian Research Council announced the Discovery Project Grants on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Congratulations to the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers who are involved in the 11 projects that received funding through the 2019 Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Discovery Projects Scheme (DP20).

Securing more than $5.8 million in this latest round of ARC funding, our researchers continue to push the boundaries of biomedical research to pursue excellence in areas such as cell regulation, CRISPR-Cas RNA technology, T cell signalling and cellular function, and more.

Associate Professor Karla Hutt was one of the Monash BDI recipients, receiving more half a million dollars to investigate the impact of pesticides on female fertility. Associate Professor Hutt’s project  expects to generate new knowledge in the fields of ovarian biology, female fertility and toxicology.

“I’m aiming to address a problem of national significance. This project will deliver benefits to improve chemical management in livestock production and develop marsupial conservation action plans,” Associate Professor Hutt said.

Professor John Carroll, Director of the Monash BDI, said this result shows the high calibre of researchers at the institute.

“The success in this funding round is yet another example of the excellence of our researchers. Congratulations to all involved, I’m very keen to see the outcomes of these projects,” Professor Carroll said.

Monash University is the largest recipient of university funding in Australia, leading the Group of Eight in this DP20 round. The university has been awarded $36.4 million to support 83 projects, up from $26.3 million in the last round. The successful applicants were announced on Wednesday 4 December by the Federal Minister for Education, The Hon. Dan Tehan MP.

Provost and Senior Vice-President Professor Marc Parlange said the results were recognition of the breadth and depth of Monash’s research, as well as the talent and commitment of the university’s academics.

“We strive to achieve excellence in research through bringing together high-performing researchers to tackle major challenges facing our world today,” Professor Parlange said.

“The latest round of DP20 funding is a testament to our gifted researchers, and we’re extremely grateful for the ARC’s funding that will support Monash in expanding the knowledge base and research capacity in Australia.”

A full list of the DP20 recipients is available at the ARC website.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 12 Monash BDI ARC Discovery Projects, including:

  • Professor Helen Abud: Defining signals that regulate intestinal stem cells during organ growth
  • Dr Richard Berry: Imaging the T cell signalling machinery
  • Professor Nicole La Gruta: Exceptions prove the rule: How antigen recognition drives T cell activation
  • Associate Professor Karla Hutt: The impact of environmental toxicants on the fertility of female animals
  • Dr Michael Lazarou: Understanding how cells regulate self eating during starvation and stress
  • Dr Brent Neumann: Microtubule structure in nervous system repair
  • Associate Professor Roger Pocock: Investigating a novel factor impacting stem cell development
  • Associate Professor Craig Smith: Genetic regulation of avian sex determination
  • Professor Stephen Turner: The T cell genome in 3D: linking chromatin structure to cellular function
  • Associate Professor Jackie Wilce: The RGG/RG motif as an RNA chaperone: advancing CRISPR-Cas RNA technology
  • Dr Yan Wong: Oscillations as a mechanism for neural communication