Young Tall Poppy Alumni

Our Tall Poppies cover a wide field of research topics, ranging from developing biomedical devices to modelling the galaxy. Find out what some of them get up to for their research, their impacts and why they are important. Check back regularly for videos or subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Dr Genevieve Steiner
2018 NSW Young Tall Poppy
Western Sydney University

Dr Steiner is developing sensitive and scientifically valid biomarkers to determine which individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) are most at risk.

Dr Luke Davies
2018 WA Young Tall Poppy
University of Western Australia

Dr Davies uses some of the world largest telescopes to explore the factors that affect galaxy evolution and piece together a model for how the simple systems that existed 10 billion years ago have evolved into the complex systems we see today like our own Milky Way.

Dr Erin Walsh
2018 ACT Young Tall Poppy
Australian National University

Dr Walsh is revealing the associations between blood glucose and specific sub-regions of the brain, and the role of related factors such as diet, exercise and adiposity.

Dr Michael Simmonds
2018 QLD Young Tall Poppy
Griffith University

Dr Simmonds is developing novel biophysical approaches to eliminate blood trauma from mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices.

Dr Emma Beckett
2017 NSW Young Tall Poppy
University of Newcastle

Dr Beckett studies gene-nutrient-environment interactions, investigating how what we eat changes the way our genes are switched on and off, and how the genes we have change what we eat, and how we respond to food.

Dr Terese Ubide
2018 QLD Young Tall Poppy
University of Queensland

Dr Ubide has developed a novel laser technology that makes it possible to read volcanic histories on deep crystals carried to the surface by erupting magmas, allowing us to predict how and when the next erupting might occur.

Dr Sean Coakley
QLD Young Tall Poppy
University of Queensland

By using the nematode C. elegans as a model system, Dr Coakley has discovered three genes that provides important insights into how damage due to injury or disease can be prevented or delayed.

Dr Melanie MacGregor
2018 SA Young Tall Poppy
University of South Australia

Dr MacGregor-Ramiasa is developing advanced, nano-scale coatings for application on devices in biomedical and environmental fields.

Associate Professor Emma Thomas
2018 SA Young Tall Poppy
Flinders University

A/Prof’s Thomas’ research focuses on understanding what motivates people to join collective efforts, and she has extended her insights to understand both public support for refugees, as well as the underpinnings of political extremism.

Dr Lewis Mitchell
2018 SA Young Tall Poppy
University of Adelaide

Dr Mitchell’s work focuses on mathematical and statistical techniques for understanding how information moves across social networks.

Dr Benjamin Sparkes
2018 SA Young Tall Poppy
University of Adelaide

Dr Sparkes is developing a quantum memory device to boost the maximum distance of quantum cryptography, to lead to an absolutely-secure means of global communications.

Dr Catherine Attard
2018 SA Young Tall Poppy
Flinders University

Dr Attard uses DNA sequencing technology to improve the likelihood of successful captive breeding and reintroduction programs, which are aimed at saving endangered species