Two Australian Laureate Fellowships for Monash

Professors Arthur Lowery and Trevor Lithgow

Professors Arthur Lowery and Trevor Lithgow

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has today awarded two Monash University researchers highly prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships.

The 17 Australian Laureate Fellows for 2013 were announced today by the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister for Higher Education, Senator the Honourable Kim Carr. The fellowships aim to attract and retain world-class researchers who will build Australia’s international competitive research capacity.

Awarded to Professor Arthur Lowery from the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering and Monash Vision Group, and Professor Trevor Lithgow from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the fellowships total $5.8 million over five years.

Monash Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Pauline Nestor congratulated the researchers on their achievements.

“It is a testament to the quality of research undertaken at Monash University for two of our researchers to be awarded such prestigious fellowships,” Professor Nestor said.

“Australian Laureate Fellows undertake outstanding research that delivers significant national benefits, and both Professor Lowery and Lithgow have proven, through their work, that they are committed to improving the lives of Australians.”

Professor Lowery, 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), will use the fellowship to 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.

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. His fellowship will assist him to deliver a detailed understanding and visual rendering of molecular machines at work on the surface of bacteria.

Awarded an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2008, Professor Lithgow has discovered ways to probe and analyse the molecular machines that bacteria use, laying the foundation for helping scientists to develop new ways to fight disease.

In 2012, Monash University received three Australian Laureate Fellowships recognising the work of Professor Douglas MacFarlane, Professor Michael Fuhrer and Professor Nicholas Wormald.

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