Faculty of Science and IT


School of Design, Communication and IT

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Professor Mario Minichiello

World-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic Professor Mario Minichiello joined the University of Newcastle to help foster national and international collaboration.

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School of Environmental and Life Sciences

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Laureate Professor John Aitken

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.

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Associate Professor Rob Atkin

Associate Professor Rob Atkin is making an important contribution to the development of better and potentially greener industrial liquids.

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Dr Mark Baker

Dr Mark Baker has picked up the pace of sperm cell research by harnessing the power of proteomics.

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Professor Chris Grof

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.

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Professor Adam McCluskey

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.

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Professor Eileen McLaughlin

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.

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School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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Professor Natashia Boland

Professor Natashia Boland's research in the field of mathematical optimisation and feasibility is essential for industries as diverse as airlines, telecommunications, robotics, radiotherapy, mining, military deployment and supply chain management.

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Laureate Professor Jon Borwein

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.

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Professor Paul Dastoor

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.

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School of Psychology

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Dr Juanita Todd

Dr Juanita Todd's studies into auditory brain responses could lead to earlier diagnosis and improved treatment of schizophrenia.

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