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Higher Degree Research Office

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Dept of Biological Sciences

Dr Andrew Allen


Biodiversity, macroecology, ecological theory, community ecology, physiological ecology

Dr John Alroy


Biodiversity, extinction, macroecology, macroevolution, and palaeobiology.

Dr Leanne Armand

Marine phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean and along the Australian Coast, including research into:
o modern community variation monitoring using annual sediment traps (along the Antarctic coast, Kerguelen Island and in the East Australian Current),
o environmental ecology (modern and palaeo),
o palaeoceanography and palaeoclimatology (e.g. deciphering past sea-surface temperature and sea ice cover around Antarctica, the role of ENSO),
o Community composition with respect to iron and silica availability,
o and taxonomy and the use of FlowCAM methodologies for future diagnostic assessments.

Professor Brian Atwell


Plant biology experimentation aimed at understanding gene responses to stresses such as temperature and oxygen, as well as rising CO2 levels, primarily using rice and eucalypts.

Associate Professor Andrew Barron


Neurobiology / Neuroethology

Dr Linda Beaumont


Biological impacts of climate change, conservation and biodiversity

A/Prof Luciano Beheregaray

I work with phylogeography (i.e. the analysis of population history using DNA data), conservation genetics (i.e. the use of genetic knowledge to preserve threatened species) and phylogenetics (i.e. the reconstruction of the tree of life) on a variety of organisms, especially aquatic animals.

Dr Melanie Bishop

02 9850 4075

Estuarine and coastal ecology

Associate Professor Glenn Brock


1. Invertebrate/protist palaeobiology: animal evolution, palaeoecology, biogeography, taxonomy, biostratigraphy, functional morphology 2. Foraminifera and benthic invertebrates from reef systems

Associate Professor Culum Brown


Whilst I supervise projects in a range of vertebrate behavioural ecology areas, I'm primarily interested in fish

Dr Ken Cheng


animal behaviour

Dr Jennifer Clarke-Mackessy


Animal Communication

Associate Professor Jennifer Donald


Genetics, in particular human genetics, linkage analysis, population genetics, and behavioural genetics

Dr Rachael Dudaniec


landscape genomics, ecology, evolution, conservation biology, population genetics.

Dr Daniel Falster


How does evolution shape the structure and function of ecological communities? We use data and models to understand how competition for resources influences the character and diversity of forest communities worldwide.

Professor Michael Gillings


Projects in genetic diversity of microorganisms, invertebrates fish, molecular evolution, prospecting for novel genes, horizontal gene transfer, antibiotic resistance and discovery.

Professor Simon Griffith


Sexual selection and the evolution of mating systems and cooperative breeding in birds

Professor Robert Harcourt


The focus of this research area is foraging, reproductive and behavioural ecology of seabirds and marine mammals such as dolphins and fur seals; population dynamics and social evolution. We are particularly focused on improving our understanding of how warm-blooded animals cope with environmental extremes as they forage and breed in the marine environment. the ecological basis of conservation; species recovery plans; wildlife monitoring; interactions between fisheries and marine vertebrates and managing human impacts on marine vertebrates such as sharks, seals, and whales. A small sample of recent work includes developing conservation strategies for grey nurse and wobbegong sharks and studies on whale and dolphin stock structure.

A/Prof Nathan Hart

(02) 9850 6952

Sensory neurobiology

Professor Marie Herberstein


Behavioural ecology of invertebrates such as insects and spiders.

A/Prof Grant Hose


River and groundwater ecology, invertebrate ecology, ecotoxicology, impact and risk assesment

Professor Lesley Hughes


Impacts of climate change on biodiversity; evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions

Professor Jean Joss


Vertebrate evolutionary development and endocrinology

Dr Darrell Kemp


Evolutionary Biology, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Color signals

James Kohen

Ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, fire ecology and conservation bioloogy

Dr Matthew Kosnik


palaeoecology, taphonomy, time-averaging, marine molluscs, historical baselines for measuring community change, marine conservation biology, soft-sediment communities.

Robert Lanfear


Evolutionary biology, genomics, phylogenetics

Dr Siu Fai Lee

Genetic adaption in insects. Genetics and genomics. Genetic marker development and utilisation.

Professor Michelle Leishman


Plant ecology, vegetation response to climate change, invasion biology, restoration ecology

Dr Graeme Lloyd



Associate Professor Joshua Madin

02 9850 8667

Coral Reef Processes
Ecology and Evolution
Ecological Informatics
Mathematical Modelling

Associate Professor Belinda Medlyn


Mathematical modelling of forest ecosystems and their responses to climate change

Dr Ajay Narendra


visual ecology, insect neurobiology, animal navigation, neureothology

Dr Ross Peacock


forest ecology, vegetation mapping and spatial prediction, rainforest climate adaption, forestry

Dr Benjamin Pitcher


My research focuses on the sensory ecology of marine birds and mammals. In particular I am interested in how animals use sensory cues in foraging and recognition tasks.

Associate Professor Irina Pollard


Bioscience ethics - subject coined and developed by me - facilitates free and accurate information transfer from applied science to applied bioethics.

Dr Fleur Ponton


nutritional ecology
symbiotic relationships

Dr Michelle Power

9850 6974

Parasitology. Host - parasite interactions with emphasis on protozoan parasites of wildlife.

Professor Iain Prentice

02 9850 4227

biosphere dynamics, biosphere-climate interactions, global carbon cycle

Professor David Raftos

61-2-9850 8402

My laboratory studies how marine animals cope with environmental stressors like climate change, pollution, temperature and salinity fluctuations, competition and infection. We're showing that marine invertebrates have novel systems to maintain homeostasis in the face of environmental stress, and that these systems can be exploited to provide innovative solutions to problems in aquaculture, fisheries and environmental management. The main focus of our research is the relationship between infectious disease and the immune system.

Dr Julia Raftos

9850 6275

Physiology. Investigation of the regulation of metabolic pathways in human erythrocytes. Experimentation using whole and lysed erythrocytes and analysis with detailed and comprehensive mathematical models

Dr Alexandra Ralph


Animal behaviour, ecology, chemical ecology, conservation, terrestrial mammals, invasions, novel species interactions, predator-prey interactions, plant-herbivore interactions

Dr Andres Rigual Hernandez


Phytoplankton taxonomy

Dr Carolynn Smith


Animal Behaviour, Communication, Conservation. Working with Regent Honeyeaters and Asian elephants.

Associate Professor Adam Stow


My research themes include conservation, evolutionary and ecological genetics. Questions involve both vertebrate and invertebrate organisms in a range of marine and terrestrial environments.

Professor Phillip Taylor

(02) 9850 1311

Behaviour and ecology of terrestrial invertebrates, especially insects and spiders. Mating systems, mate choice, post-copulatory processes, mechanisms of contest resolution. Also environmentally benign management of insect pests through releases of sterile males.

Dr Emma Thompson

Assessing the impacts of environmental stressors on the Sydney Rock oyster in both laboratory-based exposures and field trials. Particular stressors include contamination and CO2 using techniques such as proteomics, ELISAs and fast throughput assays.

Emeritus Prof Mark Westoby



A/Prof Martin Whiting


Behavioural ecology

Associate Professor Jane Williamson


Marine ecology; impact of ocean acidification on marine invertebrates in response to climate change; plant herbivore interactions; aquaculture

Professor Ian Wright


Comparative plant ecology & ecophysiology

Dr Melanie Zeppel


Plant physiology, tree water use, ecohydrology, ecophysiology, drought mortality, sap flow, altered timing of precipitation
Dept of Chiropractic

Mr Peter Bull


Medical Imaging and Radiation Science
Clinical Chiropractic

Dr Roger Engel


Chiropractic, Osteopathy

A/Prof Goran Strkalj


Biological anthropology, human variation, race, history of biological anthropology

Associate Professor Peter Tuchin


Occupational Health Safety, Headache, Migraine, Insomnia, Neck pain neck

Associate Professor Subramanyam Vemulpad


Medical Microbiology; Rapid diagnostics; Complementary and Alternate Medicine; bioactive substances from traditional medicinal plants; ethical partnerships with Traditional Knowledge owners

Dr Stephney Whillier


pain and endocannabinoids
Mental health
Nutrition and diabetes mellitus II
Dept of Computing

Dr Peter Busch


Knowledge management, organisational learning, knowledge capital, social network analysis, information systems design, databases

Associate Professor Franck Cassez


static analysis, program verification, real-time systems

A/Prof Stephen Cassidy


Multimedia annotation, semantic web, collaborative software, web development, language resources, data management, query languages for linguistic data.

Professor Robert Dale


Natural language generation, reference and anaphora, intelligent text processing, information extraction, automated grammar and style checking, the semantics of typography, spoken language dialogue systems.

Associate Professor Christophe Doche



Associate Professor Mark Dras


Language technology: processing human language via computers, such as in machine translation.

Dr Leonard Hamey


Computing/pattern recognition: computer vision and machine learning, image processing, artificial neural networks

Associate Professor Michael Hitchens


Computer Games, including story in computer games, user experience and the relationship between player and avatar
Computer Security, including access control, trust and security in distributed systems

Professor Mark Johnson


Computational Linguistics
Machine Learning

Professor Michael Johnson


Category theory (mathematics), including applications to computer science, data modelling, information systems and systems interoperations using formal methods.

A/Prof Manolya Kavakli-Thorne


Design Cognition, Design Computing, Visual Cognition, Human Computer Interaction, User Interface Design, Ubiquitous Systems, Virtual Reality Engineering, Computer Games Design.

Associate Professor Leszek Maciaszek


software engineering, databases, enterprise information systems, business process management, services computing

Professor Bernard Mans


Algorithms, Graphs, Distributed Computing, Mobile Networks, Theoretical Computer Science, Wireless and Mobile Networks, Vehicular networks, Dynamic graphs and networks.

Professor Annabelle McIver


The analysis of complex computing systems for performance, safety-critical aspects and security.

Dr Diego Molla-Aliod


Computational linguistics, information extraction, question answering, natural language processing, named entity recognition, bioNLP

Associate Professor Abhaya Nayak


Artificial Intelligence (Knowledge Representation and Reasoning)

Professor Mehmet Orgun


Intelligent systems

Professor Josef Pieprzyk

+61 2 94567596

Cryptography, Cryptanalysis, Computer Security, Information Privacy, Authentication, Cryptographic Protocols, Multiparty Computations, Web Security, Watermarking, e-Commerce, e-Voting Protocols, Formal Verification Techniques.

Professor Deborah Richards


knowledge acquisition, Knowledge based systems, knowledge management, agent-based systems, virtual reality, education

Dr Rolf Schwitter

(Controlled) natural language processing, knowledge-based question answering, knowledge representation, automated reasoning

Dr Rajan Shankaran


Network security

Professor Igor Shparlinski


Theoretic Computer Science, Cryptography, Number theory

Associate Professor Anthony Sloane


Software design and development, programming language design and implementation, language processor generation, and programming environments and tools.

Dr Stephen Smith

Green IS, Identity Crimes, IS Security

Dr Ron Steinfeld



Professor Vijay VARADHARAJAN


Computing, Information Technology, Computer Systems and Software Engineering ---
Information Security, System Security, Cyber Security, Internet Security

Professor Dominic Verity


Mathematics (General Category Theory, Higher Category Theory, Homotopy Theory, Algebraic Topology) and Computer Science (Programming Language Theory and Implementation).

Associate Professor Yan Wang


trusted computing, service computing, social computing, security, e-commerce, P2P, mobile agent

Professor Jian Yang


web service technology, business process management, security and trust management in collaborative business
Dept of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Dr Juan Afonso


Geophysics, Probabilistic Inversion, Numerical Methods, Geodynamics, Thermodynamic-Thermomechanical simulations

Dr Elena Belousova



Professor Simon Clark


Experimental high pressure mineral physics, synchrotron radiation, neutron, diamond and multianvil cells, resistive and laser heating.

Associate Professor Nathan Daczko


Structural geology and tectonics, metamorphic petrology and thermobarometry, evolution of plate boundary zones, integration of geological and geophysical data, geochronology, and field mapping

Associate Professor Kelsie Dadd


Physical volcanology, geochemistry and tectonics of the Lachlan and Thomson Fold Belts, eastern Australia. Learning and teaching in the earth sciences.

Dr Richard Flood


Granite genesis, regional geology and the New England Fold Belt

Professor Simon George


organic geochemistry, petroleum, bioremediation, astrobiology, fluid inclusions, geology

Professor William Griffin


Geology: Evolution of the lithospheric mantle, the origin of diamonds and the genesis of the continental crust; development of in-situ microanalytical methods for major elements, trace elements and a range of radiogenic and stable isotopic systems; integration of geochemical, geological, tectonic and geophysical data; collaboration with the minerals exploration industry to apply knowledge of lithosphere structure and composition to brownfields and greenfields targeting.

Dr Heather Handley


Island arc petrogenesis; magmatic evolution; subduction zone inputs; geochemistry; U-series isotopes

Professor Dorrit Jacob


Geochemistry, Biomineralisation, Mineralogy

Dr Mark Lackie


Palaeomagnetism. Rock Magnetism. Gravity. Seismics of Ice Sheets.

Associate Professor Craig O'Neill


Geodynamics, geophysics, planetary science.

Professor Suzanne O'Reilly


Earth Sciences.
Geochemistry, Petrology, Tectonics and Geophysics.

My research aims to understand the composition and architecture of the inaccessible deep Earth by integrating information across the discipline boundaries of geophysics, geochemistry geology and geodynamics and in particular, how deep Earth processes have shaped the surface that we live on, and provide large-scale controls for the distribution of economic deposits.

Associate Professor Norman Pearson


Petrology and geochemistry of the deep crust and lithospheric mantle; development and application of new geochemical analysis techniques

A/Prof Sandra Piazolo

02 9850 4407

Structural Geology, Precambrian Geology, Microstructures, Fluid-Rock interaction, Deformation studies

Associate Professor Tracy Rushmer


Earth Science-experimental petrology/rheology

Dr Bruce Schaefer

9850 8363

Isotope geochemistry, planetary geology

Professor Simon Turner


Earth Sciences, Petrology, Geochemistry, U-series isotopes

Associate Professor Yingjie Yang


Geophysics, Seismology,Tectonophysics
Dept of Environment & Geography

Ken Cussen

Classical moral theory Liberalism, especially Kant, Bentham and Mill Applied ethics Environmental ethics European philosophy, especially Nietzsche
Dept of Environmental Sciences

Associate Professor Paul Beggs

+61 2 9850 8399

Climate change, climate impacts, human health, biometeorology, allergens, pollen, fungal spores, allergic disease, asthma, heat-related disease, vector-borne disease, water-borne disease

Dr Deanne Bird

02 9850 8334

Human geographer / social scientist working in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Dr Michael Chang

+61 2 9850 8158

Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Dr Kei-Wai Cheung


Tropical meteorology, tropical cyclone, numerical weather and climate prediction, monsoon variability, dynamical systems, climate change impacts, extreme events, risk analysis

Dr Peter Davies


Environmental science and planning.
Expertise lies in the integration of science to policy or evidenced based decision making.
This draws on over 15 years experience as a senior manager in local and state government.

Dr Grant Edwards


Environmental Science, climate science, atmospheric mercury, climate change, air-surface exchange, micrometeorology, Argicultural and industtrial air pollution, patmospheric particulate matter, boundary layer meteorology

Dr Emilie Ens


I currently work in the multi-disciplinary space around cross-cultural ecology, Indigenous natural and cultural resource management, plant ecology and invasion biology. I currently co-supervise two PhD students from external Universities who are conducting cross-cultural fire and wetland ecology research in Indigenous Protected AReas in northern NSW.

A/Prof Patricia Fanning


Landscape evolution and environmental change; geoarchaeology; human-environment interactions in the past

Associate Professor Ian Goodwin


Environmental and coastal geoscience, climatology, environmental hazards, paleoclimatology and paleoceanography, earth system archives using ice cores, corals and sediments; earth system processes, sea- level change, coastal response and climate change in the Australasian, Antarctic and South-West Pacific regions.

Dr Alana Grech


1. Spatial predictions of species distributions,
2. Cumulative impact and risk assessments in geographical information systems (GIS), and
3. Conservation planning in Indigenous land- and sea-scapes.

Dr Katharine Haynes


Social dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

Dr Paul Hesse


environmental history, Quaternary (last 2 million year) climate change history and processes, geomorphology, aeolian processes, sedimentology

Dr Christina Magill


Natural hazard risk assessment
Probabilistic tephra dispersal modelling
Impacts of volcanic eruptions

Professor Peter Nelson


energy and the environment; trace pollutants in the atmosphere; mercury; combustion generated pollutants; biomass and bio-oils

Dr Timothy Ralph


Geomorphology, hydrology, sedimentology and soil development, river and wetland evolution, aquatic ecology and palaeoecology, aquatic ecosystem function, environmental change

Dr Ram Ranjan

+61 2 98507989

Discipline: Environmental and Resource Economics
Expertise: Economics of Mitigating and Adapting to-- Climate Change, Water Scarcity and Invasive Species.
Socio-Economic and Ecological Resilience

Professor Vladimir Strezov


Energy and environment, renewable energy; biomass technology; waste to energy conversion; energy and sustainability; trace elements from energy utilisation

Professor Mark Taylor


Environmental Science: contamination in mining and smelting environments - especially lead [urban locations, aerosols, dusts. soil, sediments], environmental and human health implications, urban river health and condition, environmental law and science to policy issues.

Associate Professor Kira Westaway


Geochronologist and Quaternary Scientist - establishing chronologies and reconstructing palaeoenvironments for archaeological sites in Asia/Australasia
Dept of Mathematics

Associate Professor Michael Batanin


Category theory, algebraic topology, operads, higher categories.

Dr Sophie Calabretto


Applied Mathematics, fluid mechanics, rotating flows, transition to turbulence, hydrodynamic stability, boundary-layer theory, high Reynolds number flows, dynamical systems.

Emeritus Prof William Chen


Irregularities of distribution and discrepancy theory

Professor Jim Denier


Applied Mathematics, applied mathematical modelling, fluid mechanics, transition to turbulence, biological fluid mechanics, hydrodynamic stability, boundary-layer theory, compressible flows, high Reynolds number flows

Professor Xuan Duong


My research field is harmonic analysis and partial differential equations, more specifically, singular integrals and function spaces.

Dr Richard Garner


Category Theory

Dr Christopher Green



Dr Stuart Hawkins


Computational mathematics

A/Prof Stephen Lack


Category theory, algebra, topology

Dr Adam Sikora


Linear Partial Differential Equations and Harmonic Analysis, Analysis, Lie groups: singular integrals, spectral and Fourier multiplier theorems, Bochner-Riesz summability, functional calculi and spectral analysis of elliptic and sub-elliptic differential operators, spectral analysis of operators with periodic or almost periodic coefficients, Riesz transforms, semi-groups of operators and heat kernels, wave equation.

Professor Paul Smith



Dr Olena Vynogradova


Applied Mathematics: rigorous methods for solving integral and series equations, ordinary and partial differential equations, special functions and integral transforms; mathematical modelling of scattering from open structures with edges, of canonical and of arbitrary shape, with applications to the study of resonant phenomena, antenna design, radar cross-section modification.
Dept of Molecular Sciences

Dr Morten Andersen


Protein Chemistry

Dr Louise Brown


Structural biology, protein engineering, nanotechnology (nanodiamonds), spectroscopy including NMR and fluorescence.

Dr Louise Brown


Structural Biophysics: Using novel single probe spectroscopy methods to determine protein structure. Correlating protein structure with function and disease effects.

Dr Nicole Cordina

9850 6953

Protein NMR
Protein structure
Nanodiamond functionalisation and characterisation

Dr Alfonso Garcia-Bennett


Chemistry, Materials Science, Characterisation of Porous Materials, Nanomedicine, Electron Microscopy

Dr Karl Hassan

+61 (0)298508206

Antibiotic resistance
Membrane transport proteins

Professor Paul Haynes


The focus of our laboratory is applying protein identification and characterization by mass spectrometry to solving problems in plant biology

Dr Ian Jamie

02 9850 8293

Atmospheric Chemistry
Chemical Ecology
Insect Attractants and Pheromones
Chemistry Education

A/Prof Joanne Jamie

02 9850 8283

Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemist. Research focuses on the following areas: Working in partnership with Indigenous people on traditional medicinal plant knowledge for cultural preservation and drug discovery; Understanding the structure, function and inhibition of the medicinally important human enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase to rationally develop potent inhibitors; Understanding age-related nuclear cataract and human lens chemistry using synthesis and biological models.

Chemical education: Research project explores the Indigenous Science Education Program to understand the key factors for effective engagement of Indigenous students in science.

Dr Paul Jaschke


Synthetic Biology and Virology.

Professor Peter Karuso


The full spectrum of natural products chemistry, with particular emphasis on chemical biology, biomimetic synthesis of marine natural products and fluorescence

Dr Heinrich Kroukamp

Yeast molecular biology and biotechnology

Dr Fei Liu


Supervise PhD, Masters, and Honors students in organic/biological chemistry and chemical biology/drug discovery

Associate Professor Guozhen Liu


Electrochemical and optical sensors, interface chemistry, stimuli-responsive nanoparticles, in vivo device, single cell analysis

A/Prof Bridget Mabbutt


My structural biology group focuses on protein structures implicated in microbial adaptation; RNA-binding proteins; methods of structural genomics

Dr Sophie Mazard


microbial genomics,
molecular microbiology
marine cyanobacteria

Dr Roy McBurney



Dr Matthew McKay


Quantitative mass spectrometry in proteomics and small molecule analysis

Dr Christopher McRae


Analytical chemistry/geochemistry with special interests in chromatography, flow injection analysis and instrument design.

Dr Mehdi Mirzaei

Quantitative Proteomics/Plant biology

Professor Mark Molloy


Biological Chemistry with expertise in proteomics for biomedical applications.
Translational cancer research
Cell signaling

Professor Helena Nevalainen


Development of fungal expression systems; Proteomics and fluorescent imaging of filamentous fungi; Fungal molecular physiology and biotechnology.

Emeritus Prof Brian Orr


Molecular and optical physics; high-performance lasers, nonlinear optics and photonics; trace chemical analysis; biophotonics; spectroscopic sensing, imaging and nanoscience

Dr Martin Ostrowski


Microbial Oceanography
Marine Biochemistry
Microbial Genomics

Professor Nicolle Packer


Determination of the structure and function of protein glycosylation(glycomics) in many systems, including microbial pathogenesis and cancer.

Dr Lindsay Parker

9850 8269

Biomedical imaging, biological cell and tissue staining, advanced techniques in applied microscopy, neurobiology research- sympathetic control of blood glucose and blood pressure, neuroinflammation in chronic pain, neural mechanisms of methamphetamine addiction

Professor Ian Paulsen


Microbial Genomics
Molecular Microbiology
Systems Biology

Dr Anahit Penesyan


Microbial Interactions
Study of Microbial Communities- Biofilms
Microbial Ecology
Microbial Genomics

Dr Andrew Piggott


- Discovery and development of next-generation antibiotics
- Natural product mode of action
- Biodiscovery and structure elucidation of natural products
- Chemical biology using natural product probes

Professor Shoba Ranganathan

02 9850 6262

Bioinformatics including computational structural biology, comparative genome sequence analysis, transcriptome analysis (EST and alternative splicing), immunoinformatics (immunogenic epitope prediction, using structural bioinformatics), systems biology of host-parasite interactions, network prediction of subcellular localization, biodiversity informatics of Australia aboriginal medicinal plants, chemoinformatics.

Dr Thomas Roberts


I specialize in plant biochemistry and molecular biology, particular that related to discovering functions of proteins including serpins. I also work on the effects of plant growth conditions on the production of peanut allergens and on the mechanisms by which plants cope with an energy crisis (such as occurs during anoxia caused by flooding).

Dr Bhumika Shah


Periplasmic binding proteins
Structure biology
Protein chemistry

Dr Anwar Sunna

9850 4220

My expertise is in gene cloning and expression, protein-carbohydrate and protein-protein interactions. In the last years my work has focused on developing new molecular capture and rapid detection techniques for environmental pathogens. Recently, I have developed new techniques for immobilization of proteins to solid matrices and functionalization of nanoparticles.

Junior Te'o

I have a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology: Sequencing, cloning and expression of thermophilic genes in E. coli. In the last 17 yrs, I have been working on developing Trichoderma reesei as an expression host for the production of industrially important genes/enzymes/molecules. During this time I have supervised numerous postgraduate students from Honours to PhD level. My other research interests/focus include the development and manipulation of different sustainable and renewable microorganisms such as Euglena, oleaginous yeasts, algae, etc for the production of a wide range of biomolecules using synthetic biology, system biology and controlled fermentation techniques, etc.

Dr Sasha Tetu


Microbial Ecology
Mobile Genetic Elements

A/Prof Andrew Try


Applications in chemistry where chirality is a central feature. These include liquid crystal design, asymmetric synthesis and separation science.

Dr Thomas Williams

Synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, systems biology

Professor Robert Willows


Enzyme purification and functional analysis. This includes: assay development, structure function studies and recombinant protein production.

Dr Danny Wong


Development and applications of electroanalytical chemistry to clinical, medical, biotechnoloigical and environmental diagnostics

Dr Xiaoxue Xu


Inorganic chemistry & materials

Dr Run Zhang


Molecular probe and luminescence imaging;
Responsive nanosensors for biological systems

Dr ben herbert


stem cells
Dept of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Dominic Berry


Quantum information theory with an emphasis on quantum algorithms, as well as quantum measurement theory.

Associate Professor Gavin Brennen


Physics: Quantum Information Theory, Atomic/Molecular and Optical Physics, Topologically ordered matter

Dr Robert Carman


Physics/Plasmas,Optics,Atomic Physics, Computational Physics

Dr Russell Connally


The chemistry, photophysics and applications of time-gated luminescence (TGL). Synthesizing luminescent dyes, attaching these dyes to antibodies/nucleotides for the identification of pathogens using TGL microscopy.

Professor David Coutts


Lasers physics and applications including solid state lasers, optical vortex beams, propagation in multimode optical fibres and astrophotonics.

Dr James Cresser

612 98508913

open quantum systems, non-Markovian master equations, quantum Brownian motion, quantum trajectory methods

Professor Judith Dawes


My research interests include solid-state lasers, photonics and photonic crystals, applications of lasers in medicine, dentistry and communications, and plasmonics.

Dr Joanne Dawson


Astronomy & Astrophysics

A/Prof Orsola De Marco



Dr Wei Deng

Dr. Wei Deng's current research interests are mainly focused on in vivo biological applications of metal nanostructures, including synthesis and bioconjugation of nanoparticles, nanoparticle-based drug delivery, in vivo gene silence, photodynamic therapy and bioimaging.

PhD scholarships for international Candidates

Dr James Downes


Experimental condensed matter physics: organic semiconductors, magnetic semiconductors, synchrotron based soft x-ray spectroscopies.

Associate Professor Alexander Fuerbach


Generation of femtosecond laser pulses and its applications in micro fabrication and medicine. Nonlinear pulse propagation in fibres.

Associate Professor Alexei Gilchrist

+61-2-9850 4443

quantum information science, open quantum systems, quantum optics, quantum tomography.

Professor Ewa Goldys


Ewa's expertise spans the fields of biophotonics, optical characterisation, ultrasensitive detection of analytes, biosensing, bioimaging. materials synthesis and characterisation and cathodoluminescence. Present projects belong at the interface of materials science, photonics and biotechnology, drawing on her earlier achievements in materials science and ultrasensitive optical characterisation.

Dr Simon Gross

02 9850 5021

Optics, Photonics, Lasers, Astrophotonics

Dr Luke Helt


Nonlinear quantum optics: the study of the generation and manipulation of non-classical states of light.

Dr Michael Ireland

(02) 9850 8901

Astrophysics and developing novel optical/photonic instrumentation for astrophysics, in particular in the search for and the direct detection of extrasolar planets. Also fundamental stellar astrophysics (young and evolved stars).

Dr Lianmei Jiang


Microfluidic-based biosensors, droplet microfluidics, single cell analysis, rare cell isolation and analysis in microfluidics.

Dayong Jin


flow cytometry, lanthanide bioprobes, silica nanoparticles, cytology, fluorescence microscopy, semiconductor light sources and detectors, nanomaterials,
rare earth

Professor Deborah Kane


Bio-optics, light/material interactions, photonic sources (lasers and incoherent), nonlinear dynamics and chaos, nitride growth diagnostics, cultural heritage conservation

Dr Varun Kumaraswamy Annayya Chetty Sre


Nanomaterials, Biofunctionalisation, Biomolecular Labelling, Microscopy

Dr Jon Lawrence


Astrophotonics: design and development of integrated spectrometers for astronomical instrumentation, characterisation of direct laser written devices for astronomy. Antarctic astronomy: the PILOT 2.5 m Dome C optical/infrared telescope, PLATO the robotic Antarctic site testing observatory.

Dr Andrew Lee


Solid state laser development
Terahertz (THz) sources and technology

Dr Douglas Little


Physics, Photonics.

Dr Yiqing Lu

9850 8190

Optoelectronic engineering;
Analytical biotechnology;
High-throughput instrumentation;
Luminescence techniques.

Dr Richard McDermid


Galaxy Evolution

Professor Richard Mildren


Physics of laser and light sources. Multi-wavelength and wavelength agile lasers. Raman and diamond lasers. High power lasers. Medical applications.

Associate Professor Gabriel Molina-Terriza


Quantum Optics
Spatial properties of light

Dr Matthew Owers



Professor Quentin Parker

Wide-field astronomical surveys, planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, low surface brightness galaxies, Galactic archaeology, fibre-optic instrumentation

Professor Helen Pask


Projects are available for exchange scholars, Hons, MSc and PhD programs in the areas of solid-state Raman lasers, Terahertz generation and Raman spectroscopy.

Dr Robert Pfeifer

+61 410 171 649

Condensed matter physics:
- Tensor network algorithms: MPS, MERA, DMRG.
- Anyons: Theoretical and numerical study.

Professor James Piper

61 02 9850 8645

Solid-state lasers primarily on diode-pumped lasers and related thermal engineering, mid-infrared solid state laser materials, solid state Raman lasers, and novel self-frequency-doubling laser materials. High-precision ultra-violet laser micromachining of polymers, metals and ceramics using high-pulse-rate uv lasers

Professor David Spence


Photonics, short-pulse laser physics and applications

Dr Lee Spitler


My research seeks to improve our understanding of how galaxies form and evolve through cosmic times. Galaxies are made up of observable objects (e.g. stars, dust and gas), so they provide an important way to understand the fundamental characteristics of the Universe we live in.

Dr Jan Staff

9850 6373

numerical astrophysics
high energy astrophysics

Professor Michael Steel


The study of light generation and propagation in exotic waveguides, optical fibres, periodic structures and magnetic or non-reciprocal systems.

Integrated photonic devices for creating and manipulating quantum states of light.

Associate Professor Daniel Terno


Quantum information, in particular detection and estimation, entanglement Open systems Canonical quantum gravity

Dr Joshua Toomey


Semiconductor lasers, nonlinear dynamics and chaos

Professor Jason Twamley


I study quantum information science, how we can use quantum science to perform computation, simulation, ultra precise measurements and other interesting tasks.

Dr Xavier Vidal


Optical characterisation and Light-Matter interactions
Optics and Photonics
Nonlinear optics

Associate Professor Thomas Volz


Solid-state quantum optics, quantum photonics, and atomic physics

Professor Mark Wardle


Theoretical astrophysics, magnetohydrodynamics, shock waves, star and planet formation, jets, accretion discs, black holes, the Galactic centre, astrophysical masers

Professor Michael Withford


Miniaturisation engineering, laser physics and photonics

Dr Daniel Zucker

+61 (0)2 9850 4442

Resolved stellar populations, nearby galaxies, dwarf galaxies, stellar streams, Galactic archaeology, galaxy structure and evolution, astronomical surveys

Associate Professor Andrei Zvyagin


Discipline: Physics, Optics; more specifically, Optical Biomedical Imaging
Expertise: Biophysics
Dept of Statistics

Dr Kenneth Beath


Mixture Models
Longitudinal Data
Latent variable models

Dr Ayse Bilgin


Applied Statistics, Education Research

Dr David Bulger


Quantum algorithms for optimisation; stochastic optimisation

Dr Thomas Fung

+ 61 2 9850 4769

The Variance Gamma (VG) and related models
Tail dependence
Semiparametric Generalised Linear model for time series data

Dr Petra. Graham

+61 2 98506138


Professor Gillian Heller


Generalized linear modelling, latent variable modelling, functional data analysis

Dr Nino Kordzakhia


Pricing of financial derivatives under stochastic interest rate. Risk management of energy markets. Robust statistics.

Associate Professor Andrzej Kozek


Mathematical Statistics, Nonparametric Statistics, Stochastic Finance, Stochastic aspects of gambling and investing, Computational Statistics, Theory and Applicatons.

Dr Kehui Luo


Medical and health statistics; Survival analysis.

A/Prof Jun Ma


Medical imaging, particularly PET and SPECT; statistical inversion methods; missing values and EM related algorithms, survival analysis, recurrent events analysis

Dr Maurizio Manuguerra



Professor Ian Marschner


Biostatistics; Clinical Trials; Epidemiology; Computational Statistics

Associate Professor Peter Petocz


Pedagogical research in statistics and other disciplines, including contribution of professional dispositions such as creativity and sustainability to learning.

Dr Tania Prvan


Nonparametric statistics
Computational statistics
Applied Statistics

Professor Barry Quinn


Time Series Analysis; Signal Processing. The estimation of frequency.

Dr Georgy Sofronov

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Professor Graham Wood


Bioinformatics, Traffic accident modelling, Stochastic global optimisation
Environmental Sciences

A/Prof Kirstie Fryirs


Fluvial geomorphology, river management, sediment budgets and tracing, River Styles, sedimentology, landscape evolution, integrative river science

Dr Shari Gallop


Coastal oceanography and morphodynamics

Professor Damian Gore


I am a geologist/geomorphologist specialising in contaminant geochemistry and contaminated site remediation. To help with research questions in these areas I use analytical X-ray methods (EDXRF, TXRF, XRD) and LIBS extensively.

Professor Neil Saintilan

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Coastal geomorphology, wetland ecology, wetland hydrology, river and wetland management.

Dr Kerrie Tomkins


Environmental Earth Sciences, Environmental Management

Dr Shuaifei Zhao


Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Membrane Separation, Water Treatment, Gas Separation
School of Engineering

Dr Mohsen Asadnia

+61 2 9850 9528

Bioinspired sensory systems
Chemical sensing

Dr Ediz Cetin

+61 2 9850 9103

- Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) detection and geo-localization
- Fault-tolerant SRAM-FPGA based reconfigurable circuits for aerospace applications
- Adaptive techniques for RF impairment mitigation for communications transceivers and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receivers
- Sampling techniques for multi-mode communications and GNSS receivers
- Software-defined-radio.

Dr Shaokoon Cheng

9850 9063

Engineering design,
MASS and HEAT transfer,
Computational fluid dynamics,
Finite element analysis,
Biomedical devices,
Magnetic resonance imaging

Professor Yves De Deene


Quantitative biomedical imaging
Three dimensional radiation dosimetry
Optical CT scanning
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS)
Medical physics
Hardware and software of MRI
Hyperpolarized gas MRI

Dr Sammy Diasinos


Computational Fluid Dynamics
Wind Tunnel Testing

Professor Eryk Dutkiewicz

+61 2 98509129

Telcommunications, wireless communications and networking, LTE networks, Cognitive Radio Networks, Wireless Medical Body Area Networks

Professor Karunanayake Esselle


Antenna, Electromagnetic and Microwave Engineering, with applications in wireless communications and biomedical systems. Theoretical analysis methods, design, development and testing.

Dr Gengfa Fang


Wireless Communications and Networking for medical healthcare; Broadband cognitive wireless networks; Security of Wireless networks.

Professor Stephen Hanly

wireless communications; information theory; communication networks

Dr Raheel Hashmi


Antennas for microwave and millimetre wave applications;
High-Gain antennas and arrays;
Device integrated antennas for bio-medical, wearable, and sensor applications;
Periodic structures and frequency selective surfaces;
Wireless telemetry components and systems;
Electromagnetic Band Gap (EBG) resonator antennas;

Dr Raheel Hashmi


Antennas for microwave and millimetre wave applications;
High-Gain antennas and arrays;
Device integrated antennas for bio-medical, wearable, and sensor applications;
Periodic structures and frequency selective surfaces;
Wireless telemetry components and systems;
Electromagnetic Band Gap (EBG) resonator antennas;

Professor Michael Heimlich


RF/microwave/mm-wave circuit design and modelling. transistor and sensor modeling, high performance analog ICs, Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and CAD for high speed/frequency and photonics applications. Wireless applications and characterization of circuits and materials. Antennas and propagating structures

Associate Professor Jahangir Hossain

9850 1098

Hybrid Microgrids, Smart grids, Renewable Energy Integrations, Electric Vehicles, Battery Energy storage systems, Transactive Energy Management, Voltage and Transient Stability, Robust Control of Power Systems, Cyber Secured Power Systems and Applications of Power Electronics in Power Systems.

Dr Md Huda


Energy Optimisation and Renewable Energy
Solar thermal techonologies
E-waste recycling and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Minerals Processing and extractive metallurgy
Industrial Process modelling and sustainability
Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Modelling of high temperature processes
Engineering Educational Research

Dr David Inglis


micro and nano fabrication for life sciences: microfluidics for cell separation, microfluidic fundamentals and phenomena and nano fluidics for bimolecular concentration and separation

Associate Professor Stuart Jackson


Optics - especially fibre optics
Lasers - especially fibre lasers
Spectroscopy - mainly of rare earth doped glasses
Mid-infrared - sources, nonlinear optics and detectors

Dr Yijiao Jiang


Photocatalysis, Heterogeneous catalysis, In situ spectroscopic techniques, Reaction engineering, Environmental engineering

Dr Sourabh Khandelwal


Semiconductor Device Modeling and Circuits. GaN based RF and Power electronics applications, FInFETs, FDSOI and emerging electronic technologies.

Dr Yinan Kong


Digital Arithmetic
The Residue Number System (RNS)
VLSI and FPGA Technology
IC Design and Embedded Systems
DSP and Image Processing Circuit
Cryptographic Circuit

Agisilaos Kourmatzis

Department of Engineering
Research Group: Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering

Professor Candace Lang


MEchanical Engineerin
Materials Engineering

Dr Ruth Oliver

Magnetic resonance imaging, image processing, machine learning

Professor Anthony Parker


Microwave transistor measurement and modelling. Nonlinear broadband techniques for radio integrated circuits. Gallium Nitride, Gallium Arsenide, HEMT and FET integrated circuit technology.

Associate Professor Sam Reisenfeld


Telecommunication Systems Engineering, Satellite Communication Systems, Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks, Modulation and Coding, Synchronization, Multiple Access, Signal Processing, Software Defined Radio

Professor Graham Town


Electrical engineering.
Electromagnetics (DC to optical) - guided wave optics and photonics, RF and microwave, terahertz technology.
Broadband lasers and applications - multiwavelength fibre lasers, etc.
Integrated electronics and photonics.
Energy technology - energy efficiency, AC/DC-DC/AC conversion, solar energy, photovoltaics, wide bandgap switching devices and circuits.
Distributed power systems - electric vehicles, energy storage and management.

Associate Professor Rein Vesilo


Communications network performance, queueing theory, heavy-tailed distributions, long range dependence, resource allocation

Dr Wei Xu


Mechanical Engineering/Materials Engineering

1. 3D printing/additive manufacturing of titanium alloys for advanced structural applications including orthopaedic implants
2. Low modulus biocompatible beta-type titanium alloys
3. Design and development of nanostrucutred metallic alloys and composites
4. Solidification and solidi-state phase transformation of metallic materials.
Science Administration

Dr Anne-Louise Semple


Geography and PACE (learning through participation)