Faculty of Science and IT
School of Design, Communication and IT
In her career as an award winning communications and public relations practitioner, Dr Melanie James used academic research to inform her strategies and campaigns. As an academic, she draws upon her extensive professional experience to guide her research.
World-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic Professor Mario Minichiello joined the University of Newcastle to help foster national and international collaboration.
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Laureate Professor Aitken is a global authority on reproductive biology. Supported by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), his research offers a solution to unsustainable population growth.
The research of Dr Hannah Power focuses primarily on the study of coastal processes and the geomorphology of sandy beaches.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Dr Ian Grainge is interested in all aspects of how bacteria pass on their genetic information, from DNA replication to chromosome segregation and accurate cell division.
Professor Eileen McLaughlin is researching the mysteries of conception. She produced her first test tube baby in 1983, just five years after the world's first IVF birth. More recently her focus has been the fertility prospects of older women.
Dr Zamira Gibb is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of equine fertility enhancement who works closely with industry to improve reproductive outcomes.
Biologist Professor Chris Grof's love of plants has developed into a quest to engineer a viable biofuel that could reduce Australians' reliance on fossil fuels. Director of the Centre for Plant Science, Professor Grof has taken a lead role in a research project to develop sorghum as a biofuel.
Professor Adam McCluskey is the Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Chemical Biology. He is involved in research resulting in four key drug discovery areas being pursued: epilepsy, kidney disease, cancer, and anti-viral.
Associate Professor Rob Atkin is making an important contribution to the development of better and potentially greener industrial liquids.
Spanning all levels of biological organisation, Dr Xiao Yang's research into intricate antibiotic-disease relationships is helping to combat the spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria.
Dr Mark Baker has picked up the pace of sperm cell research by harnessing the power of proteomics.
Associate Professor Silvia Frisia's work within Earth Sciences employs cutting edge technologies to attempt to reveal more about the history of the earth and also the history of humans.
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
A pioneer of experimental mathematics, Professor Borwein's work as the Director of the Priority Research Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) has placed the University at the cutting edge of this field.
Condensed Matter Physics
Designing revolutionary innovations such as solar paint and needle-free glucose tests has put Professor Paul Dastoor at the forefront of the emerging field of organic electronics. His advances are set to improve the environment and lives of communities around the world.
School of Psychology
Associate Professor Jennifer Bowman's primary research interest is the relationship between behaviour and heath, in particular the modification of lifestyle factors to enhance health and well-being.
Associate Professor Scott Brown's reasearch focusses on applying mathematical modelling techniques to the understanding of higher-order cognitive processes (mostly memory and decision-making).
Dr Juanita Todd's studies into auditory brain responses could lead to earlier diagnosis and improved treatment of schizophrenia.
A cognitive scientist who uses mathematics and computing as a way of studying and exploring the human mind, Andrew's latest work is at the cutting edge of international research on rapid choice.
Dr Mark Rubin's research focuses on social group processes, including social identity, stereotyping, prejudice, and social exclusion.