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Newcastle Business School
Dr Brendan Boyle specialises in the areas of international human resource management, the management of multinational corporations and international business strategy.
Dr Hao Tan's international business research is looking to satisfy intrigue about the energy system powering the world's largest developing economy, as he provides information and insight into the industrial dynamics in China's energy sector and their implications to global business and economics.
International Labour Law
Tim Connor's research focuses on the relationship between voluntary and state-sanctioned governance of employment rights.
International Business History
Professor Gordon Boyce is a recognised authority on institutional and organisational performance in an international context, with specific reference to systems that support organisational decision-making, negotiating, and inter-firm learning.
Internationally-renowned organisational behaviour expert, Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell is helping to form a new generation of inter-professional healthcare teams.
Dr Saravanamuthu's primary area of research is in developing holistic and emancipatory accountability and decision-making tools that create change from the conventional pursuit of economic returns to more sustainable interaction with nature.
Associate Professor Kevin Lyons' research focuses on the Hunter as a regional tourism destination and the visitor economy it generates.
Newcastle Law School
Torts and Workplace Law
Associate Professor Neil Foster's main research interests are Torts (civil liability for wrongs) and Occupational (Workplace) Health and Safety Law.
Kcasey McLoughlin is an early career researcher and social commentator who probes the notion of gendered difference in Australian law.
Dr Amy Maguire's research relates to the collective human right to self-determination, with particular focus on Indigenous peoples in Australia and Irish nationalists in the North of Ireland.
School of Creative Arts
Art history and theory
Dr Kit Messham-Muir is an art theorist and museologist in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle whose current research focus is the psychological and emotional dimensions of visualising war.
Creative Arts, Media And Communication
Professor Frank Millward explores the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making, and how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.
Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies
Dr Gillian Arrighi is interested in the circus, the role of children in the entertainment industry, and the arts/health nexus, particularly the impact creative engagement has on everyday life. Her research investigates the social significance of the growth of community-based circus and circus skills groups since the 1970s.
Music endangerment is not just a research field for Dr Catherine Grant; she is an activist and interventionist for communities that are suffering the cultural loss of their music traditions.
As Professor of Music in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, Professor Richard Vella, is investigating the economic and cultural value of Australian music exports.
Associate Professor Rosalind Halton is an accomplished harpsichord player and foundation member of the baroque ensemble Chacona. She specialises in bringing to performance little-known and often previously unheard works from the vast catalogue of cantatas and serenatas by Italian Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti.
For the Torres Strait Islander (TSI) community, music helps to articulate the concepts and embodied experiences of their lives. Despite its significance to the culture, there is a fragmented and under-developed approach to the documentation and cultivation of music.
Visual Arts And Crafts
The idea of making a material transform into something else holds an ongoing fascination for internationally recognised textile artist Brett Alexander.
School of Education
Comparative and international education
Dr Tom Griffiths's research centres on comparative educational analyses, including historical and contemporary explorations of policy and practice in context, linked to a world-system level theoretical approach to systems of mass education, their structure, curricula and development.
Curriculum And Pedagogy
Dr Zsuzsa Millei's research examines the way in which constitutions of ‘the child’ and childhood in pre-compulsory education shift in concert with the changing problematizations about the government of population and individuals.
Professor Allyson Holbrook of the Research Training and Transformational Knowledge program looks at the huge intellectual and emotional changes that occur in PhD candidates and what affect these have on their thinking and attrition rates.
A lost culture of frozen people is discovered underwater in the Pacific Ocean. They were frozen in time on the edge of a catastrophic environmental disaster, a crisis that scientists and archaeologists of the future grapple to fully understand. The history of these people had been erased. Who were they, these people of Ardus Unda? What happened to them? Can they be restored to life? Can we learn from their past to inform the present and the future?
Early Childhood Education
Associate Professor Linda Newman's far-reaching research in early childhood education is expanding the Faculty of Education and Arts' international footprint.
Facilitating the acquisition of globally relevant knowledge, beliefs and skills, Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds is seeking to refine the focus of Australian primary school education.
Equity in Education
International league tables in tertiary education provide useful comparisons about rankings and research outputs – but how do universities perform when it comes to providing equal access?
Equity in Education
Dr Rachel Buchanan works at uncovering and addressing the equity implications of the increased deployment of educational technologies in all levels of education.
Equity in Higher Education
Dr Erica Southgate explores the factors that create disadvantage in higher education and creates real world solutions to address them.
Human Movement And Sports Science
Professor Philip Morgan’s research program is tackling the obesity epidemic. His work focuses on the impact of school and community based interventions to prevent or treat obesity in child, adolescent and adult populations.
Human Movement And Sports Science
The University of Newcastle's (UON) Professor David Lubans is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow who is delivering a range of innovative school programs designed to upskill teachers in physical education and re-engage teens.
Human Movement and Sports Science
Professor Ron Plotnikoff is Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition which has an interdisciplinary approach to understanding physical activity and nutrition relating to population health strategies for chronic disease prevention, treatment and wellbeing.
There has been a massive drop in the number of advanced mathematics students in the last decade, accompanied by poor results across all school years. Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez believes this has significant implications for Australia's ability to produce the next generation of engineers, physicists, chemists and software engineers – the innovators we need to skill Australia into the future.
Dr Kathryn Holmes, a former high school mathematics teacher, is helping to provide the next generation of teachers with the expertise and confidence to embrace the digital technology that is revolutionising education.
Mentoring using the familiar and effective mantra 'work hard, play hard,' Dr Drew Miller is seeking to promote and produce holistic, evidence-based physical education programs for children and adolescents across the country.
Associate Professor Michael Arthur-Kelly's research focuses on the needs of individuals with multiple and severe disability. Communication intervention and behaviour support are two main strands of this research, informed by behaviour state assessment.
Leading a new era of teacher education and professional development, pedagogy expert, Professor Jenny Gore, is building a world-class model of education excellence that helps support both teachers and students and is influencing government and educational bodies across Australia.
School of Humanities and Social Science
Dr Sally Hewat, a University of Newcastle (UON) speech pathologist who specialises in the treatment of stuttering, is working to establish speech therapy in Vietnam – where, as a profession, it doesn't exist.
Professor Germov is a sociologist and widely published author with research interests spanning the social origins of food and alcohol habits, public health nutrition, sociology of obesity and workplace change. His recent work focuses on the historical sociology of wine.
Drugs, violence and laziness – if you believe everything you hear in the media, young people have a lot to answer for. However, sociologist and Newcastle Youth Studies Group co-convenor, Dr Steven Threadgold, is ardent about uncovering the entire picture and contributing to a better understanding of the next generation.
Under the guidance of Professor Gray, the University of Newcastle was the only university in Australia to receive a '5' rating for social work research in the "Excellence in Research for Australia" (ERA) rankings which are administered by the Australian Research Council.
Linguistics researcher Dr Michael Franjieh is working to revitalise language and assist literacy levels by documenting some of Vanuatu's most severely endangered languages.
Dr Nancy Cushing is an environmental historian who is examining the underlying beliefs and aims that led, by the end of the colonial period, to a typical Australian diet based around the heavy consumption of beef and mutton.
In today's globalised world, with the increasing movement of peoples across borders and continents, could violent practices and mentalities move with them? Dr Matthew Lewis, a post-doctoral researcher with the Centre for the History of Violence, sheds light on this issue in his comparative study of British policing in Ireland and Palestine after the First World War.
Documenting small, regional languages can help them to not only survive, but thrive.
A love of language has taken Dr Åshild Næss to unexpected places.
Dr Caragh Brosnan is a researcher in the sociology of health and illness. Her focus is on health care and its value to society, but more fundamentally, the moral and principled human decisions that lie behind the science that governs our health and wellbeing.
The story of Professor Lyndall Ryan from Newcastle's Centre for the History of Violence began while documenting the history of Tasmania's convict system.
When it comes to language, how well do we actually understand the structure of syllables and words? Dr Mark Harvey's 2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project aims to determine this through the documentation of a severely endangered Indigenous language.
Dr Maguerite Johnson is interested in how stories from Antiquity console us and connect us as humans through the falling in love, the heartbreaks, the sorrow and the celebrations.
Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds is on a quest to unearth the real story of Australia's nuclear ambitions
As unlikely as it sounds, literary scholar Professor Hugh Craig has enhanced his appreciation of Shakespeare through statistical analysis.
Dr Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the murky world of child sexual abuse within the church culture.
Associate Professor is a leading expert on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Literature, the principal English-speaking scholar on the immortalized French writer Boris Vian and is paving the way forward in the field he calls Fetishism Criticism, a discourse which recognizes that two opposing narratives can co-exist while actually refuting each other.
Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Professor Roland Boer.
Daniela Heil's anthropological expertise is helping to understand the impact of cultural differences on the health of indigenous communities.
Dr Trisha Pender is leading the charge in the expanding world of research into early modern women's writing.
The University of Newcastle's Head of English, Dr Jesper Gulddal, has always been fascinated by travel adventure stories, but gone are the days when fictional characters were footloose and fancy free to navigate a plot's twists and turns on a whim.
Dr Terry Leahy, a University of Newcastle sociologist, is behind a film documenting a permaculture project in Zimbabwe that has changed lives and boosted food security.
Dr Rebecca Beirne has devoted her academic pursuits largely to media studies and the representation of queer women in popular culture
Associate Professor Victoria Haskins' study of Indigenous domestic service policies across two countries is filling a gap in the historical narrative.
Bronwyn Hemsley's research is helping bypass speech difficulties through the use of mobile technologies and e-health solutions.
For Dr Julie McIntyre, wine represents history in a glass. "It's a way of being able to travel in time. Each glass of wine is a fascinating and very complex encapsulation of the climate, land and work of people at particular points in time," said McIntyre.
Associate Professor Kim Cheng Boey artfully juggles creative writing and the research demands of an academic career.
Professor Hilary Carey's research into the anti-Transportation movement provides new insight into an important aspect of Australia's colonial history.
A dedicated team of Newcastle linguists is committed to studying the practical, scientific and cultural significance of dying local languages.
Looking at Christianity through the lenses of theology, history and cultural theory, Dr Christina Petterson's critical text-based study is seeking to evaluate its influence on the switch from feudalism to capitalism and other evolving socioeconomic structures
Professor Dennis Foley is equally proud of his contributions as a researcher, an international networker and a teacher.
Associate Professor Ros Smith examines the contribution of female writers to the culture of the early modern era.
Professor Philip Dwyer and his team are leading a fundamental rethinking of violence in the modern world.
Professor Alison Ferguson is a speech pathology researcher whose specialty is communicative interaction. She explores novel communication strategies for people who have lost speech and language function.
Professor Lisa Adkins' research interests are in feminist theory and the sociology of gender; social and cultural theory; and economic sociology (especially the sociology of post-industrial economies and the new political economy).
- School of Architecture and Built Environment
- School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- School of Engineering
Director - NIER
Dr Alan Broadfoot is the Director of the world-class Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), established to address rapidly emerging issues in the energy and resources sector. Providing practical and viable benefits to industry, the community and the economy, NIER is advancing research in clean energy production, energy efficiency and the minimisation of carbon emissions through its research.
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Dr Jamie Mackee's research has focused on the resilience of cultural heritage and how our historic built environment might be less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
In 2007, Professor Michael Ostwald became the only current architectural academic in Australasia to receive a Doctor of Science – the highest degree an academic can earn in a university anywhere in the world.
Dr Tessa Morrison has reconstructed unbuilt utopian cities from 1460-1900 to analyse the interconnection of architecture and political philosophy.
Professor Peter Davis took up the role of Chair of Construction Management in early 2014. He has equal long-term experience in industry and academic research and teaching.
Dr Graham Brewer's research is characterised by his interest in three key areas relating to innovation: innovation by individual firms; innovation across project teams; and the sociological influences on innovation.
Dr Jason Von Meding's recent research has focused on the barriers that non-government organisations (NGOs) face in disaster recovery and the reduction in overall project success that arises from lack of competency in essential areas
Professor Mark Taylor's primary research focus is the history and theory of the modern architectural interior with an emphasis on cultural and social issues.
Landscape architect Professor SueAnne Ware describes herself as a 'design activist'. As landscapes are often in public spaces, she believes that landscape architects share a responsibility for setting the political, social and environmental agenda.
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
With expertise in data security and privacy in data mining, Professor Ljiljana Brankovic has had a long-term interest in the growing problem of protecting an individual's personal data.
Associate Professor Regina Berretta has long been interested in the crossover of the disciplines of computer science, mathematics and health, particularly where computer science has a key role to play in health innovation.
Control Systems, Robotics And Automation
Esteemed electrical engineer Laureate Professor Graham Goodwin and his research group are masters of control.
Control and Systems Theory
Professor Rick Middleton is Director of the Priority Research Centre for Dynamic Systems and Control. His theoretical work is primarily focused on Control and Systems Theory, with diverse applications from mine planning optimisation, through metal forming processes and robotics.
Software engineer Dr Shamus Smith is an expert in virtual environments and human-computer interaction.
Information Based Medicine
Professor Pablo Moscato is one of Australia’s most cited computer scientists. He has been working in Evolutionary Computation since 1988, and in heuristic methods for Operations Research problems since 1985.
Pairing powerful computer technology with applied mathematics, Dr Luke Mathieson's data analyses are a welcome, revolutionary step toward personalised patient car.
Dr Yuen Yong's research interests include the design and control of nanopositioning systems, high-speed atomic force microscopy, finite-element analysis of smart materials and structures, sensing and actuation, and robot insects.
Dr Andrew Fleming's research includes optical nanofabrication, nanopositioning control systems, high-speed scanning probe microscopy, micro-cantilever sensors, and metrological position sensors.
ARC Fellow Professor Reza Moheimani's research includes developing nanotechnology capable of creating maximum memory on the smallest piece of technology, allowing people to carry huge amounts of information on a tiny portable device.
Optimization and Data Mining
Dr Alexandre Mendes is the Deputy Head of the Newcastle Robotics Lab. His research interests are concentrated in Optimization and Data Mining.
Protecting information - cryptography
In a digital age where information privacy is key, Associate Professor Sarah Johnson is developing next generation quantum key distribution (QKD) technology which has the potential to protect companies from espionage attacks and guard a country against cyber-terrorism.
School of Engineering
Bulk Solids Handling
With a global reputation as an authority on pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling, Engineering Professor Mark Jones and his team have delivered more than 3,500 bulk solids handling projects for over 1,000 companies across 40 countries.
Passionate and inventive, Dr Kalpit Shah is seeking to develop economic, safe and sustainable ways of using raw materials and energy.
ARC Laureate Professor Scott Sloan is the Director of the University’s Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling and also leads the ARC Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Sloan is an expert in soil stability analysis.
Professor Daichao Sheng's research expertise covers the areas of unsaturated soil mechanics, computational geomechanics, cold region geotechnics and geo-environmental engineering.
Dr George Kouretzis is working towards bridging the gap between research, engineering applications and public benefit, particularly in the area of onshore pipeline networks, the circulatory lifelines of modern society.
Dr Olivier Buzzi's research interests are in rock mechanics, rock joints, expansive soils and unsaturated soil mechanics.
Dr Anna Giacomini, Principal Researcher in the University's Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling, is committed to innovating, promoting and improving safety in mining and civil environments.
Material engineers Dr Heber Sugo and Professor Erich Kisi have received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity.
Material engineers Dr Heber Sugo and Professor Erich Kisi have received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity.
Dr Thomas Fiedler is driving the development of new-generation cellular materials with that are light, strong and multi-functional.
Professor Irina Belova is recognised as one of the world's leading authorities on the theory of mass and heat transport in materials.
Mineral Separation Process (Reflux Classifier)
Professor Kevin Galvin developed the Reflux Classifier, an industrial machine that separates fine particles on the basis of either density or size, saving the global mining and minerals processing industry billions of dollars.
Mineral Separation Process (The Jameson Cell)
Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson is a chemical engineer and inventor of the Jameson Cell, a revolutionary mineral processing technology that contributes more than three billion dollars to the national economy every year.
Emeritus Professor Terry Wall is the first Australian to win the esteemed Percy Nicholls Award for Notable Scientific or Practical Contributions in the Field of Solid Fuels
Professor Bob Loo's research focuses on defining the link between fundamental iron ore and metallurgical coal properties and their performance in the ironmaking process, the formulation of ore and coal blends for effective sintering and coking, and the evaluation of new deposits.
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi is working with the Government and industry to solve global energy challenges through world-leading research in renewable energy and low emissions coal technologies. This will mean a cleaner environment – and save industry millions.
Risk Assessment in Infrastructure
Professor Mark G. Stewart is Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability and an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow. He has over 25 years of experience in probabilistic risk and vulnerability assessment of infrastructure and security systems that are subject to man-made and natural hazards.
Professor Rob Melchers’ research on marine corrosion is leading the way towards safer, more resilient offshore engineering and construction. The corrosion of steel in marine environments is a big issue for the water industry worldwide, in particular the corrosion of mooring chains and wire rope for offshore platforms.
Director - HMRI
The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) has a strong tradition of cultivating young research talent, which its Director, Professor Michael Nilsson is keen to continue.
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Balance and the Vestibular System
Professor Alan Brichta's primary research interest is balance and the vestibular system. His recent research has focused on the efferent branch of the vestibular system – the pathway by which the brain can modulate inner ear sensitivity.
Balance and the Vestibular System
Dr Rebecca Lim is primarily interested in balance and the vestibular system. She also has a strong background in auditory (hearing) research, which involves neighboring regions in the inner ear and brain stem.
Neurobiology of stress
Dr Rohan Walker is advancing a scientific premise that could transform treatment for mood disorders.
Neuroscience - Stroke
Delivering cutting-edge treatments to patients is a key motivation for neurology expert Dr Neil Spratt.
Immunology and Microbiology
Acutely aware of the burden presented by progressive and disabling chronic airway conditions, Laureate Professor Paul Foster is working to cement a universal, scientific understanding of breathing's pathological spinoff – breathlessness.
Professor Phil Hansbro is an internationally recognised research leader in the study of respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD, aka emphysema) and infections and is developing interests in lung cancer.
Cancer Cell Biology
Dr Kathryn Skelding's research focuses on understanding cancer cell biology, specifically how cancer cells proliferate, metastasise, and develop resistance to chemotherapeutics.
Biochemistry And Cell Biology - Cancer
Dr Nikki Verrills' research into a key signalling switch in cancer cells could provide an important breakthrough in treatment.
Information Based Medicine
Professor Rodney Scott's research interest is in inherited forms of cancer. His research focuses on the identification of genes associated with with inherited forms of cancer and better defining these inherited entities such that more appropriate intervention strategies can be developed
Oncology and Carcinogenesis - Melanoma
One of the world’s most eminent researchers in skin cancer, Professor Xu Dong Zhang is a driving force in mapping the molecular pathways of melanoma.
Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Dr Nikola Bowden uses next-generation genetic profiling techniques to unlock the mysteries of melanoma.
Oncology And Carcinogenesis - Breast Cancer
Dr Kelly Avery-Kiejda hopes to improve diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer sufferers by identifying new biomarkers for the disease.
Neuroscience - Schizophrenia
Dr Murray Cairns believes tiny molecules in the brain may be the key to understanding the causes of a perplexing neuropsychiatric disorder.
Neuroscience - Schizophrenia
Associate Professor Paul Tooney regards his research into schizophrenia as one piece of a complex puzzle that spans many disciplines.
Nutrition And Dietetics
Professor Manohar Garg is one of the University's leading Health and Nutrition researchers and has recently been heralded as a revolutionary in his field with two important industry honours.
Nutrion and inflammation in respiratory diseases
Turning familiar anecdotes into effective antidotes, Associate Professor Lisa Wood's nutritional biochemistry research is proving there are crucial links between what we eat and how we breathe.
Immunology and Microbiology
Dr Malcolm Starkey is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow who is using transgenic animal technology to investigate – and manipulate – the immunological mechanisms underpinning the onset and progression of multiple chronic illnesses.
School of Health Sciences
Life pathways of children
Professor Alan Hayes is a distinguished national and international academic researcher in the life pathways of children and the role of families in sustaining development, fostering resilience and reducing vulnerabilities across life. He has had a particular focus on prevention and early intervention and effective policies to support families through the life-course.
Support for fathers
Dr Richard Fletcher is building support systems for new fathers using text, internet and peer-designed video to deliver information to dads on their mobile phones and to locate and link dads with depression or anxiety to treatment.
Medical Radiation Science
Radiation Therapy Cancer Treatment
Associate Professor Shane Dempsey attempts to improve radiation therapy cancer treatment by evaluating new and advanced clinical practice methods. He was a leader in establishing a multi-university Australian approach to national radiation therapy clinical practice assessment standards for students, and he is active in health professional curriculum design and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Dr. Stanwell is an active clinical researcher in the area of mild traumatic brain injury and sport-related concussion. He has published and presented extensively on sport-related concussion and other neurological disorders (stroke and chronic pain).
Nutrition and Dietetics
Diet quality and healthy lifestyle
Nutrition and Dietetics Professor Clare Collins is breaking new ground with her innovative approach of translating complex diet quality data predicting the risk of disease and death, into web-based tools and practical healthy lifestyle programs that people of all ages can access.
Nutrition and dietary assessment methods
Dr Tracy Burrows shows there's no 'one size fits all' approach to mainstream nutrition, combining psychology, medical radiation imaging, and biochemistry in the hunt for more effective dietary assessment methods and treatment
Occupational Health and Safety
Environmental and occupational health
Award-winning, multidisciplinary researcher ranked in the Top 5% worldwide at ResearchGate.com (2014) and ranked among the Top 25 researchers at the University of Newcastle (ERA, 2012). Research interests include: Occupational Health, Public Health, Hazard Assessment, Risk Factor Evaluation, Epidemiology, Bibliometrics and Research Utility, Tropical Health, Student Health and Medical History.
Workplace injury management and mental health
Associate Professor Carole James research interests centre upon work; specifically in the areas of functional capacity evaluation, ergonomics, work and mental health and workplace injury management. Her experience as a practicing occupational therapy clinician within occupational rehabilitation informed her research directions.
Paediatric sensory modulation disorders
Professor Shelly Lane has clinical and research expertise in paediatrics, specifically striving to understand the interplay between physiologic responses and behavioural manifestations of sensory modulation disorders. She speaks nationally and internationally, and has authored multiple manuscripts, chapters and books.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Associate Professor Alison Lane has over 20 years of experience in paediatric occupational therapy practice, health service management, research and teaching. The focus of her research is the sensory-motor basis of ASD. She has identified specific sensory subtypes within ASD that relate to distinct neural profiles and patterns of challenging behaviour.
Associate Professor Jane Taylor's research expertise are in forensic odontology including identification techniques, disaster victim identification and age assessment.
Neck pain and cervicogenic dizziness
Professor Rivett is an internationally recognised leader in Physiotherapy research. His main research interests are in neck pain and cervicogenic dizziness, the benefits and risks of manual therapy and spinal manipulation, clinical reasoning and clinical prediction rules, and innovations in allied health professional education.
Professor van Vliet's research interests are in the recovery of upper limb motor control after stroke, evaluation/development of physiotherapy intervention for stroke patients, and motor skill acquisition.
Health and well-being of stroke survivors
Associate Professor Coralie English is passionate about improving the health and well-being of stroke survivors through physical activity. Her research program focuses on the role of exercise, physical activity and task-specific intensive training in stroke recovery and long-term survivorship.
Associate Professor Snodgrass' research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that define and modulate musculoskeletal pain, investigating treatments for patients with chronic pain that improve movement dysfunction and induce neuroplasticity.
School of Medicine and Public Health
Optimising choice, dose and timing of medicines for a particular patient are the focus of Professor Jennifer Martin's clinical work and research career.
Behavioural Science - Childhood Obesity
Dr Rebecca Wyse is a behavioural scientist with the career objective of reversing increasing population rates of childhood obesity. Her applied research involves settings-based interventions in schools and childcare services to facilitate healthy behaviours in the people within them.
Behavioural Science - Chronic Disease
Dr Luke Wolfenden's research into the modifiable risks of chronic health conditions and injury is helping the community to improve their overall wellbeing.
Behavioural Science - Smoking cessation
Associate Professor Billie Bonevski is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow and Behavioural Scientist whose smoking cessation programs are being implemented by Cancer Councils across the nation.
Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology
Professor Peter Gibson is a world leading authority in asthma, respiratory physician at the John
Hunter Hospital and co-director of the Priority Research Centre for
Asthma and Respiratory Diseases.
Clinical researcher Dr Geoff Isbister courts controversy as he challenges time-honoured beliefs about the treatments given to envenomed patients.
Professor Nick Talley is a neurogastroenterologist, a specialist in unexplained gut disorders affecting nerves and muscles such as irritable bowel syndrome, severe indigestion and slow stomach emptying, conditions which affect millions of people.
Mental Health and Substance Use
Professor Amanda Baker is a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle. An award winning innovator, she specializes in the treatment of co-existing mental health and substance use problems.
Working on eight ground-breaking research projects, internationally renowned researcher Conjoint Professor Chris Levi is on a medical mission to cure stroke.
Oncology and Carcinogenesis - Breast Cancer
Professor John Forbes AM is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of breast cancer prevention and treatment, with a number of pioneering breakthroughs credited with saving millions of women's lives over his 40 year career.
Public Health and Health Services
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher is an internationally recognised cancer care and health behaviour expert. His latest ground-breaking research aims to reshape thinking surrounding death and chronic illness, so that end-of-life preparations are as thorough as preparing for the birth of a child.
An emerging leader in the field of reproductive medicine, Dr Jonathan Paul has been internationally recognised for his work on targeting therapeutic nanoparticles to the muscle cells of the uterus.
Dr Jodie Simpson's pioneering research has changed the focus of asthma treatment and promises new relief for many who suffer from the disease.
clinical science - neurology & psychiatry
Professor Brian Kelly believes mental illness is not the sole domain of psychiatrists and psychologists but the responsibility of many in the health system.
Dr Chris Williams is an HMRI Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Hunter New England Population Health and the University of Newcastle's School of Medicine and Public Health in the field of musculoskeletal pain.
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Leading the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sally is a global nurse academic of more than 20 years whose sustained research agenda has made a recognised impact on nursing education, mental healthcare policy and service delivery across Asia.
Associate Professor Vanessa McDonald is examining respiratory problems from multiple perspectives, concentrating on the pathophysiological components, functional and psychosocial needs of individual patients.
Professor Tracy Levett-Jones is working towards evidence-based curricula redesign to ensure future health professionals are equipped to provide safe, effective and person-centred care.
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.
Tenacious and audacious in equal measure, Dr Mark Baker is seeking to crack the genetic code of male infertility.
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.
Associate Professor Rob Atkin is making an important contribution to the development of better and potentially greener industrial liquids.
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.
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.
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.
Supported by computational modelling and a handful of advanced data analysis strategies, Professor Colin Waters' insights into the inner workings of solar-terrestrial events are helping to safeguard several space-based assets and technologies.
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).
Social psychologist dr stefania paolini aims to understand the complex decision making processes involved in engaging with 'otherness' .
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.