2014 Queensland Award Winner

Dr Claudia Vickers

The University of Queensland Research Field: Microbial Metabolic Engineering Dr Claudia Vickers is a synthetic biologist with a focus on metabolic engineering in microbes. She is particularly interested in using biology to replace current industrial practices with sustainable, environmentally friendly approaches. To this end, she uses the tools of synthetic biology to re-engineer microbial metabolism…

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Dr Lara Herrero

Griffith University Research Field: Virology In 2004 Dr Lara Herrero was diagnosed with Ross River Virus, the result of being bitten by an infected mosquito. A decade later Lara’s research focuses specifically on arboviruses such as Ross River and dengue fever in an attempt to prevent others from suffering as she did. Viruses in our…

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Dr Pip Cohen

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/ James Cook University Research Field: Fisheries for Development Dr Pip Cohen’s research addresses the urgent need to improve environmental sustainability and food security in developing countries, particularly via small-scales fisheries. Her work examines fisheries as linked social-ecological systems using interdisciplinary research. For example she uses network analysis…

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Dr Sue-Ann Watson

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies / James Cook University Research Field: Marine Biology Dr Sue-Ann Watson investigates the effects of rising carbon dioxide on ocean animals. Marine invertebrates are essential for ecosystem function and provide significant goods and services to human societies. Sue-Ann’s research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary effects of…

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Dr Vincent Dalbo

Central Queensland University Research Field: Medical and Applied Sciences Dr Vincent Dalbo looks at the healthy aging and disease prevention. As we age our quality of life decreases due to loss of skeletal muscle strength and function. Performing resistance exercise can help older adults avoid this decline but scientists do not know which form of…

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