Excellence to Impact Researcher Masterclass series

Excellence to Impact Researcher Masterclass series

Welcome to our Excellence to Impact Researcher Masterclass series.

We want to give everyone at Monash a chance to learn from the lessons and experiences of our researchers and showcase the incredible and diverse range of research excellence across Monash.

Interviewing these researchers left us in awe of their achievements and made us all even more proud to work at Monash.

We hope you find that too.

Professor Steven Chown

Professor Steven Chown is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Monash University and Director of Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF), a large and prestigious Special Research Initiative funded by the Australian Research Council.

Professor Chown’s research aims to strengthen Antarctic science, policy and governance for the future. He is highly influential globally, advising governments on Antarctic research and policy.

He has worked in Australia, Africa, the Pacific, the UK, and in the broader Antarctic region, where he has over 30 years of field experience. He joined Monash in 2012 as the Head of the School of Biological Sciences.

Professor Lynette Russell AM

Professor Lynette Russell AM is an ARC Laureate Professor, Director of Global Encounters & First Nations Peoples: 1000 Years of Australian History.

One of Australia's leading historians and an internationally recognised expert on Indigenous histories, Professor Russell’s research focuses on developing an anthropological approach to the story of the past, challenging not only what we know but how we know it.

She has published seventeen books (with another in production), has held fellowships at both Cambridge and Oxford, is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her “significant service to higher education, particularly Indigenous history, and to professional organisations”.

Professor Allen Cheng

Professor Allen Cheng is a Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at Monash University and Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit at Alfred Health.

His research covers a diverse area within infectious diseases, including sepsis and severe melioidosis, tropical medicine, influenza and vaccine effectiveness, hospital infection prevention and control, antibiotic pharmacokinetics, antimicrobial drug policy and clinical infectious diseases.

From July 2020 until June 2021, Allen spent 12 months on secondment as Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, helping lead the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic.