School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Laureate Professor John Aitken

Reproductive Medicine

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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Mr Antony Martin

Project Leader

The CLARITY light-sheet microscope was hand-built by Antony Martin, Will Palmer and Jamie Flynn and it delivers clear, three-dimensional cellular images with unparalleled speed and precision.

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Professor Rob Atkin

Novel Liquids and Interfaces

Professor Rob Atkin is interested in concentrated aqueous and non-aqueous solvents (including ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents) for real world applications such as lubrication, biomass treatment, precious metal recovery, and electrochemical charge storage.

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Dr Hannah Power

Earth sciences

The research of Dr Hannah Power focuses primarily on the study of coastal processes and the geomorphology of sandy beaches.

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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 Erica Wanless


Working with colleagues at the University of Newcastle and beyond, Professor Erica Wanless is leading two projects exploring how particle coatings change behaviours at phase boundaries.

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Professor Brett Nixon

Biological Sciences

An investigator of indomitable spirit, Professor Brett Nixon is pursuing the mysteries of sperm dysfunction from multiple, linked perspectives.

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Associate Professor Mark Baker

Biological Sciences

Tenacious and audacious in equal measure, Associate Professor Mark Baker is seeking to crack the genetic code of male infertility.

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Dr Ian Grainge

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.

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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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Dr Zamira Gibb

Dr Zamira Gibb is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of equine fertility enhancement who works closely with industry to improve reproductive outcomes.

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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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Dr Quan Vuong

Dr Quan Vuong is looking to prove there's much to benefit from understanding natural foods and industrial waste salvage than is currently the case.

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Dr Vincent Candrawinata

From solving complex industry problems to helping the public with functional food supplements, food science researcher Dr Vincent Candrawinata is certainly one to watch.

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Associate Professor Silvia Frisia

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.

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Project Leader William Palmer

The work (PEA-CLARITY) was completed and published in 2015 with acclaim and has since been used by groups all around the world trying to answer fundamental questions in plant biology that was not possible without the third dimension.

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