2005 New South Wales Award Winner

Dr Mike Manefield

University of New South Wales Mike is a microbiologist with an interest in applying ecological theories to medical and environmental applications alike. Mike commenced postgraduate studies in microbiology at UNSW exploring novel ways of controlling bacterial infections. His approach was to interfere with bacterial communication systems using compounds extracted from an Australian seaweed. Mike’s work…

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Dr Deborah Marsh

Royal North Shore Hospital and University of Sydney Deborah is a molecular geneticist conducting research into the development of both inherited and non-inherited cancers. Her work focuses on tumours affecting endocrine organs as well as ovarian cancer. Deborah undertook three years of postdoctoral study at the Harvard Medical School. One of the highlights was her…

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Dr Naomi Rogers

University of Sydney Naomi’s main research interest is in the effects of circadian disruption and sleep loss on physiological and neurobehavioural functions. She is currently studying the effects of circadian disruption using jet lag as a model and sleep restriction in people who already experience sleep disturbance due to other medical disorders such as obstructive…

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Dr Tracey Rogers

Zoological Parks Board NSW and University of Sydney Tracey focuses on the impacts of climate change on the Southern Ocean ecosystem, using the leopard seal, an Antarctic apex predator, as an indicator of large-scale changes. Tracey’s post-doctoral career includes the appointments of Research Biologist and Director of the Australian Marine Mammal Research Centre, Zoological Parks…

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Mr Simon Walsh

University of Technology Sydney Simon has practised as a forensic biologist, supervising and reporting for criminal cases and providing expert testimony on over 50 occasions. Simon has worked extensively with the implementation and operation of DNA database technology.  Simon supports State and Territory laboratories in casework involving complex evidence interpretation in his role on the…

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Dr Stefan Williams

University of Sydney Stefan’s research centres on the development of autonomous robotic systems for a variety of application domains. Among his most significant contributions to this field is his development of the Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping algorithm in reef habitats. This algorithm allows an autonomous system to build a map of an environment while using…

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Dr Rob Brooks

University of NSW Rob focuses on the effects of evolution on complex suites of traits, particularly those that make an individual attractive to members of the opposite sex. Rob uses laboratory animals like crickets and guppies to understand how evolution shapes all animals. Recent research includes a study of the costs of being attractive, such…

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Dr Janette Burgess

University of Sydney Janette’s research focuses on the area of lung diseases, particularly asthma. Janette has established a molecular biology group which currently consists of seven full time researchers involved in studies aimed at identifying differences between cells from asthmatic and non-asthmatic lungs, as well as trying to determine what causes asthmatic cells to react…

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Dr Brendan Burns

University of New South Wales Brendan heads an astrobiology research group at the University of New South Wales. This group is considered to be a world leader in the study of modern stromatolites – ‘living rocks’ that provide insights into early life on earth. Brendan’s research on the Shark Bay stromatolites provided valuable insight into…

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Dr Dominic Dowling

University of Technology Sydney Dominic endeavours to devise methods to improve the seismic resistance of adobe-mudbrick houses. His specific focus is on simple, affordable and effective solutions suitable for application in developing countries. In 2002 he undertook a research study focused on the damages to adobe housing and the process of reconstruction. Later, he co-ordinated…

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