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Dr Tim Roberts

Director

Faculty of Science (Environmental Science and Management)

Career Summary

Biography

Tim Roberts is currently the Director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at the University of Newcastle. He continues to be active in research in the laboratory of his long-time collaborator Associate Professor Hugh Dunstan at the University of Newcastle. He has published some 110 papers. Originally from South Australia, he has traveled extensively since completing his B Sc at the University of Adelaide and his PhD at Flinders University, coming to the University of Newcastle in 1974 and moving to Singapore in July 2006 to set up the University of Newcastle campus in Singapore.

On retiring from his position as inaugural Dean of the Singapore campus he joined James Cook University Singapore Campus as Dean of Research with the goal of establishing a research ethos on the campus. Having completed this task he returned to Newcastle as Conjoint Professor to pursue his research until asked to take over the Tom Farrell Institute Directorship in 2010.

Tim Roberts is an acknowledged expert in the area of chronic pain and fatigue and autism. His group has made significant progress leading to the understanding that these conditions have a common underlying biochemical pathology which relates to the metabolism of the sufferer being in a chronic catabolic state. These findings have reoriented the field to now focus on chronic infection as the primary underlying cause of chronic pain and fatigue; this chronic catabolic state being the host response to this chronic infection. In a study of free-ranging dogs associated with an outback community in the Northern Territory, his group has found this first incidence of Ehrlichia infection (Anaplasma platys) in Australia. .

Research Expertise
Tim Roberts is a scientist interested in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, Dyslexia, chronic infection, sports supplements, amino acid supplements, environmental sustainability, environmental resilience who currently focuses on two areas of research: environmental sustainability and metabolomics of chronic disease: (1) Environmental Sustainability: as Director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment his research focuses on finding regionals solutions for a sustainable future through research projects in conservation and biodiversity, water and soil and social license to bring about sustainable futures. (2) Underlying causation of chronic disease: in association with long time collaborator Professor Hugh Dunstan our multidisciplinary research group is investigating underlying biochemical and microbiological anomalies in polysymptomatic illness.

The premise behind our approach is that all disease has a molecular basis. We thus take a homogeneous population of individuals exhibiting one disease or symptom set and analyse the metabolism of each individual by measuring a myriad of cellular metabolites using gas chromatography in the blood, urine and faeces. When correlation analysis is used to compare the complex metabolic profile of affected individuals with controls we are able to pinpoint the areas of metabolism that are changed. We consistently find that there is a distinct profile obtained that correlates with a particular symptom set. These data then can be used to propose to the clinician treatment options that often are aimed at normalising the metabolism of the individual and further lines of investigation directed at isolating underlying infectious agents.

Our studies initially began with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients. We have since published on rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, dyslexia in the form of scotopic sensitivity and autism. The changes we see in these apparently unrelated disorders are very similar and reflect the catabolic state seen when the body’s immune system is fighting chronic infection. We have developed new approaches to metabolic research by developing a capacity for multivariate analyses of complex biochemical and microbial datasets.

Teaching Expertise
From 1974 until 2006 Tim Roberts taught immunology and general biology in the School of Environmental & Life Sciences. Currently he gives guest lectures in microbiology and environmental science and management

Administrative Expertise
Tim Roberts is currently the Director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at the University of Newcastle. He continues to be active in research in the laboratory of his long-time collaborator Associate Professor Hugh Dunstan at the University of Newcastle. He has published some 100 papers. Originally from South Australia, he has traveled extensively since completing his B Sc at the University of Adelaide and his PhD at Flinders University, coming to the University of Newcastle in 1974 and moving to Singapore in July 2006 to set up the University of Newcastle campus in Singapore. On retiring from his position as inaugural Dean of the Singapore campus he joined James Cook University Singapore Campus as Dean of Research with the goal of establishing a research ethos on the campus. Having completed this task he returned to Newcastle as Conjoint Professor to pursue his research until asked to take over the Tom Farrell Institute Directorship in 2010. Tim Roberts is also an education consultant with experience in offshore campus development and control, alumni, and postgraduate education.

Collaborations
Tim Roberts's laboratory has continuing projects on the biochemistry of autism in collaboration with Professor Tiny Reichelt of University of Oslo, Norway; with Dr Wang of the Mothers and Childrens Hospital of Hunan Province, Changsha, CHINA; and Professor Garth Nicolson, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA. In the area of environmental sustainability he collaborates with Dr Charles CC Lee of the Singapore Campus of the University of Newcastle, Singapore. Industry partners include The Crucible Group.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Biological Science), Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Adelaide

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Environment
  • General Biology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Sustainability
  • metabolic profiling
  • ticks

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified 60
060501 Bacteriology 20
110106 Medical Biochemistry: Proteins and Peptides (incl. Medical Proteomics) 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Director University of Newcastle
Faculty of Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/2010 - 1/12/2014 Director University of Newcastle
Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
Australia
1/10/2008 - 1/01/2010 Dean of Research James Cook University
JCU Singapore Campus
Australia
1/07/2006 - 1/08/2008 Dean University of Newcastle
UoN Singapore Campus
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2006 Deputy Dean of Faculty of Science & Information Technology

Administrative

University of Newcastle
Faculty of Science
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 60
Total funding $2,959,876

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20171 grants / $134,670

Early engagement - Tertiary success: Sustainability meets Statistics and STEM$134,670

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team Associate Professor Peter Howley, Doctor Tim Roberts, Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1601034
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20163 grants / $83,000

Ongoing researcher and technical support for Year 2 of the research project: "Can amino acid supplementation reduce fatigue in CFS patients? A randomized double-blind placebo-based trial."$60,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Benjamin Dascombe, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500976
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Landslip Erosion Control Demonstration Project $15,000

Funding body: Waterkeeper Alliance

Funding body Waterkeeper Alliance
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Upper Hunter Waterkeeper Alliance
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1600575
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Hunter Regional Landcare Scholarship Post Graduate Project 16/18$8,000

Funding body: NSW Local Land Service Hunter

Funding body NSW Local Land Service Hunter
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Regional Landcare Facilitator Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1601371
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

20155 grants / $163,051

Can amino acid supplementation reduce fatigue in CFS patients? A randomized double-blind placebo-based trial.$90,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Benjamin Dascombe, Doctor Tim Roberts, Doctor Margaret MacDonald, Doctor Diane Sparkes
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400814
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Bees as Monitors of Biodiversity Ravensworth$49,871

Funding body: Glencore Ravensworth Complex

Funding body Glencore Ravensworth Complex
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts, Doctor Steven Lucas, Mrs Danielle Lloyd-Prichard
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501040
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

MR2016 - Sixth Minded Land Rehabilitation conference, Singleton NSW$9,090

Funding body: NSW Trade & Investment

Funding body NSW Trade & Investment
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme NSW Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP) Conference Sponsorship Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500513
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

CE2015 - Clean Energy Conference$9,090

Funding body: NSW Trade & Investment

Funding body NSW Trade & Investment
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme NSW Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP) Conference Sponsorship Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500515
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Smart Future Cities 2015 Conference and Expo$5,000

Funding body: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Funding body NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Sponsorship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500784
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20145 grants / $184,915

Susceptibility to significant sweat facilitated loss of amino acids in association with fatigue$99,370

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Benjamin Dascombe, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300910
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

The metabolic response of Staphylococci to environmental stressors$47,500

Funding body: Gideon Lang Research Foundation

Funding body Gideon Lang Research Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mr Marcus Crompton
Scheme Scholarship Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1400684
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Biodegradation of modified polystyrene$30,000

Funding body: Rema Industries & Services Pty Ltd

Funding body Rema Industries & Services Pty Ltd
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts, Doctor Steven Lucas, Mr Michel Lefebvre, Conjoint Associate Professor Minh Nguyen
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1400783
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Assessment of the pollination services for the threatened species Grevillea parviflora subspecies parviflora by the native social stingless bees Tetragonula cabonaria.$5,795

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding body Lake Macquarie City Council
Project Team Mrs Danielle Lloyd-Prichard, Doctor David Guez, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400798
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

Bees as indicators of biodiversity$2,250

Funding body: Amateur Beekeeper's Association of NSW (Inc)

Funding body Amateur Beekeeper's Association of NSW (Inc)
Project Team Mrs Danielle Lloyd-Prichard, Doctor Tim Roberts, Doctor David Guez
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400686
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

20131 grants / $80,060

Nutritional supplementation using amino acids in prostate cancer radiotherapy patients experiencing significant fatigue: A model for CFS.$80,060

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Chris Wratten, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200771
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

20112 grants / $559,455

An Integrated Education & Research Program for Donaldson Trust Lands 2011$460,096

Funding body: Donaldson Conservation Trust

Funding body Donaldson Conservation Trust
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1100695
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

The evaluation of altered metabolism associated with the development of significant fatigue in prostate cancer patients receiving radiotherapy: Stage two$99,359

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100819
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

20103 grants / $242,869

The Role of Lewis Phenotype and ABH Secretor Status in Relation to Nasal Carriage of Staphylococcal Species in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:A Pilot Study$99,910

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Diane Sparkes, Doctor Margaret MacDonald, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190483
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

The evaluation of altered metabolism associated with the development of significant fatigue in prostate cancer patients receiving radiotherapy$99,359

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Professor Jim Denham, Doctor Chris Wratten, Doctor Colin Tang, Doctor Anne Capp, Doctor Tim Roberts, Doctor Diane Sparkes, Doctor Margaret MacDonald
Scheme Medical and Scientific Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000674
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

The metabolic response of Staphylococci to environmental stressors$43,600

Funding body: Gideon Lang Research Foundation

Funding body Gideon Lang Research Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Scholarship Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1000756
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20092 grants / $142,000

Technical laboratory support for existing CFS research programs$82,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts, Doctor Margaret MacDonald, Doctor Diane Sparkes
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0189306
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Development of a new clinical diagnostic/bioassay for chronic fatigue syndrome$60,000

Funding body: Queensland Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry

Funding body Queensland Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts, Professor Hugh Dunstan
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G0189934
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20072 grants / $140,000

The evaluation of altered metabolism in patients who develop chronic fatigue following cancer radiotherapy (ongoing study)$120,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Doctor Diane Sparkes, Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts, Associate Professor Surinder Baines, Doctor Chris Wratten, Conjoint Professor Jim Denham, Doctor Margaret MacDonald
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188042
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Characterisation of microbial and chemical contaminants, bioreaction and water quantity dynamics in rainwater harvesting systems to optimise design$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187184
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20063 grants / $232,000

The Importance of Small Colony Variants (SCV's) of toxin producing Coagulase-negative Staphylococci in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome$105,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts, Professor Hugh Dunstan
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0186782
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Impacts of surfaces and storages on the constituents in harvested water$92,000

Funding body: BlueScope Steel

Funding body BlueScope Steel
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186366
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

The evaulation of altered metabolism in Chronic Fatigue patients following cancer radiotherapy and the efficacy of amino acid supplementation (STAGE TWO)$35,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts, Associate Professor Surinder Baines
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186783
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

20055 grants / $170,079

The evaluation of altered metabolism in chronic fatigue patients following cancer radiotherapy and the efficacy of amino acid supplementation$46,000

Funding body: TOP Nutrition

Funding body TOP Nutrition
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0185886
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

The production of bacterial virulence factors and the detection of bacterial pathogens$41,079

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185690
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

The regulation of haemolysin production in coagulase negative staphylococci and the development of modulators of bacterial virulence$40,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185519
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

The evaluation of altered metabolism in chronic fatigue patients following cancer radiotherapy and the efficacy of amino acid supplementation$35,000

Funding body: The Mason Foundation

Funding body The Mason Foundation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts, Conjoint Professor Jim Denham, Doctor Chris Wratten, Associate Professor Surinder Baines
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185518
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Carriage of potential human pathogens by ticks and other arthropods using polymerase chain reaction technology$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184770
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $3,655

Visit of Prof Karl-Ludvig Reichelt, 28/9/2004 to 19/11/2004$3,655

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Visitor Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184627
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

200310 grants / $448,000

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$335,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0182827
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$35,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Commerce

Funding body NSW Department of Commerce
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0183256
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$12,000

Funding body: Analytical Reference Laboratories Pty Ltd

Funding body Analytical Reference Laboratories Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0183254
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$12,000

Funding body: Great Lakes Council

Funding body Great Lakes Council
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0183257
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$12,000

Funding body: Hastings Council

Funding body Hastings Council
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0183259
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments. $12,000

Funding body: Greater Taree City Council

Funding body Greater Taree City Council
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0184497
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

Ehrlichia and other tick-borne infections in Aboriginal Communities.$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182491
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Determinants of Radiation-induced fatigue in breast cancer patients$9,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Professor Jim Denham, Doctor Chris Wratten, Professor Hugh Dunstan, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182343
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$9,000

Funding body: Midcoast County Council

Funding body Midcoast County Council
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0183258
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

The characterisation of wastewater distribution patterns for the production of decision support systems for pathogenic risk analysis in water catchments$1,500

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding body Hunter Water Corporation
Project Team Professor Hugh Dunstan, Conjoint Associate Professor Phillip Geary, Professor George Kuczera, Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Coombes, Doctor Tim Roberts, Mrs G Calabria, Mr R Iyadurai, Mr S Wilson, Mr B Brooker, Mr D Pensini, Ms A Kaliska, Mr B Petersen, Mr G Carter, Emeritus Professor Ellak Von Nagy-Felsobuki, Mr P Santoro
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183251
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20021 grants / $50,000

The Immunoregulatory Role of the Endogenous Cannabinoid Anandamide$50,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Deborah Hodgson, Doctor Tim Roberts, Conjoint Professor Kenneth Beagley
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181079
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20001 grants / $14,500

Investigation of a Relationship Between Dietary Intake of Cow's Milk Protein and Inflammatory Responses, with a Focus on Asthma.$14,500

Funding body: Queen`s Trust for Young Australians

Funding body Queen`s Trust for Young Australians
Project Team Miss Elizabeth Ellis, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178705
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

19992 grants / $205,507

Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope Facility.$203,107

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor John Aitken, Emeritus Professor John Patrick, Conjoint Professor Christina Offler, Associate Professor David McCurdy, Emeritus Professor Ray Rose, Doctor Tim Roberts, Conjoint Associate Professor Russell Jones, Doctor John Clulow, Emeritus Professor John Rostas, Professor Alistair Sim, Professor Gordon Burns, Conjoint Professor Loris Chahl, DR DAVID KAY
Scheme Large Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0177945
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

2nd World Congress on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Related Disorders Brussels, Belgium.$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0180512
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19971 grants / $8,000

Development of monocional antibodies for use in chronic fatigue syndrome research$8,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0176741
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19962 grants / $1,451

American Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research & Clinical Conferences, San Francisco, USA, 13-16 Oct 1996$1,450

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0176762
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Research into chronic fatigue syndrome.$1

Funding body: Alison Hunter Memorial Fund

Funding body Alison Hunter Memorial Fund
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts, Professor Hugh Dunstan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0176439
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

19953 grants / $15,400

'PhD student support'$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Emeritus Professor Ray Rose, Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175245
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Sundry Donors Account - Rheumatoid Arthritis.$3,000

Funding body: Sundry Donors

Funding body Sundry Donors
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Sundry Donors
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0176063
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

6th International Congress of Reproductive Immunology - Washington DC - from 19 to 23 July 1995$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175512
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19944 grants / $25,264

The evolution, and generation, of new tandem repeat sequences in DNA minisatellite alleles.$10,264

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174838
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Immunological regulation of the placenta in mammalian pregnancy$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174771
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Production of human testis antigens using recominant DNA technology$3,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174836
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

94APP. Fish liver enzyme levels as biological monitors of environmental pollutants.$2,000

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding body Lake Macquarie City Council
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts, Dr Robert Hosken
Scheme Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174616
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

19931 grants / $12,000

Immunological Regulation of the Placenta in Mammalian Pregnancy$12,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0172767
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19921 grants / $10,000

Immunology Of Early Pregnancy$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0174209
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19911 grants / $34,000

The Effect Of Maternal Immunisation With Leucocytes Or Trophoblast On Livestock Productivity.$34,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Tim Roberts
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1991
GNo G0173853
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed13
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Assessment of Biodegradability of Modified Polystyrene Foam Beverage Cups and Lids in Modern Landfill PhD (Environmental Sc), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Metabolomic and Proteomic Responses of Staphylococcus Aureus to Changes in the Environmental Conditions PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 Masters Evaluating an Asymmetric, Microrelief System Designed to Secure Soil, Water and Biocapacity in Eroded, Degraded and Modified Peri-Urban Landscapes M Philosophy (EnvironmentalSc), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Variations in Inorganic and Organic Composition of Roof-Harvested Rainwater: Studies at the Regional and Individual Site Level in Eastern and Southern Australia PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD Microbiocidal Activity of Selected Weak Organic Acids PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD Bacterial and Elemental Loading Patterns in Rainwater Harvesting Systems PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2010 PhD Morphological, Ultra-Structural and Metabolomic Changes Associated with Staphylococcal SPP. Exposed to Environmental Stress Conditions PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2007 PhD Metabolic Homeostasis in a Subtype of Dyslexia PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2007 PhD Biochemical, Immunological, Microbiological and Nutritional Aspects of Autism PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2007 PhD Early Life Determinants of the Effect of the Endogenous Cannabinoid System on Health Outcomes in Adulthood PhD (Psychology - Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2007 PhD Dogs, Dwellings and Disease: A Study of Free - Roaming Dogs in a Remote Aboriginal Community PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2005 Masters Delta Haemolysin Production of Long-term Staphylococcus epidermidis Cultures M Sc (Biological Sc) [R], Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2004 PhD Alterations in Metabolism in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 PhD Thermostable haemolysins from coagulase negative staphylococci PhD (Biological Sciences), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

Electric Vehicle Festival

Charged for Electric vehicle festival

August 14, 2014

The atmosphere in Newcastle is buzzing ahead of this weekend's Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival, hosted by UON's Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment.

Dr Tim Roberts

Position

Director
TOM FARRELL INSTITUTE
Faculty of Science

Focus area

Environmental Science and Management

Contact Details

Email tim.roberts@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7037
Mobile 0418205664
Fax (02) 4921 5033

Office

Room IDC218
Building IDC
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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