Business and Law
Observing and analysing ordinary human life from multiple angles, Professor Morris Altman is seeking to help explain and predict economic decision-making in the 21st century.
Stacey is an Associate Professor in Marketing and Deputy Head of School Teaching & Learning within the Newcastle Business School.
Anthea has over 15 years qualitative and quantitative research experience working in academic, commercial consultancy and government contexts and is responsible for delivering the Centre's economic indicators program in the Hunter and Upper Hunter.
Associate Professor Brendan Boyle specialises in the areas of international human resource management, the management of multinational corporations and international business strategy.
Recognising ongoing success in the service sectors as fundamental to securing Australia’s prosperity and standard of living, Dr Jamie Carlson is working with firms to aid the design and delivery of compelling consumption experiences that creates value for customers and firms.
Abul Shamsuddin is Professor of Finance and Head of the Accounting & Finance Discipline at the University of Newcastle. He received his Masters and PhD from Simon Fraser University, Canada.
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.
Dr Tamara Young is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism in the Newcastle Business School. Her research is in the multidisciplinary field of tourism studies, with a particular emphasis on critical tourism theory and cultural research methodologies.
Christoph Antons has a background in law, Southeast Asian studies and art history.
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.
Professor Sourdin has published and presented widely on a range of topics including justice issues, mediation, conflict resolution, collaborative law, artificial intelligence, technology and organisational change.
Education and Arts
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.
The Faculty of Education and Arts welcomes Associate Professor Craig Hight, who joins the University of Newcastle (UON) to lead the development, management and delivery of a new suite of creative industries programs and courses.
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.
Dr English's primary research interests lie in the areas of music practices in the 19th century, music and society, Australian music, social Justice and gender studies. She brings a distinct local focus to her work, which developed in her PhD, Music as a Resource for World-Building in Newcastle and its Townships, 1869-1879, which investigated what music afforded Newcastle settler communities in world-building through its effects on body, mind and emotions.
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.
Associate Professor 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.
A/Prof Erica Southgate uses technologies such as virtual reality and designs computer games to enhance learning and 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.
Dr Narelle Eather believes encouraging children to be more active is easier than people think - it's all about giving them the right tools.
Nothing frustrates Professor Terry Lovat more than opening a newspaper to read uninformed commentary about Muslims and the Islamic faith.
Religion, radicalism and revolutionaries all fall under the critical gaze of theologian and writer Professor Roland Boer.
Professor Hilary Carey's research into the anti-Transportation movement provides new insight into an important aspect of Australia's colonial history.
As unlikely as it sounds, literary scholar Professor Hugh Craig has enhanced his appreciation of Shakespeare through statistical analysis.
Professor Philip Dwyer and his team are leading a fundamental rethinking of violence in the modern world.
Professor Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine with an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration and academic leadership. Her research and publishing in the histories of mental health, families, illness, colonial worlds and medical institutions, as well as in law and history has attracted world-wide attention.
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 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.
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.
Professor Victoria Haskins' study of Indigenous domestic service policies across two countries is filling a gap in the historical narrative.
Professor Marguerite 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.
Professor Roger Markwick, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science and founding member of the Centre for the History of Violence believes the way we frame our past is pivotal for our understanding of the present.
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? Associate Professor Mark Harvey's 2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project aims to determine this through the documentation of a severely endangered Indigenous language.
Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds is on a quest to unearth the real story of Australia's nuclear ambitions
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.
Associate Professor Ros Smith examines the contribution of female writers to the culture of the early modern era.
Digging into the past and turning up surprising – and sometimes uncomfortable – truths, Dr Kate Ariotti is seeking to put names, faces and facts to the First World War prisoner of war experience.
Project Director of CSRRF, Dr Michael Askew, coordinates the network's professional, systematic and academically rigorous service to government and industry.
University of Newcastle researcher Dr Hedda Haugen Askland examines the deep-rooted forces behind home, identity and belonging in exile and refugee communities.
Dr Rebecca Beirne has devoted her academic pursuits largely to media studies and the representation of queer women in popular culture
Dr Tamara Blakemore's framework for social work practice is grounded in an understanding of the complex and connected contexts that prompt, facilitate, and constrain the wellbeing of children, families and communities.
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.
An authority on all things American, Dr Kit Candlin is seeking to unearth – and solve – some of its history's most devilish mysteries.
Julia Coffey is a lecturer in sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research is in the field of health sociology, with a focus on youth, the body, and gender.
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.
Linguistics researcher Dr Michael Franjieh is working to revitalise language and assist literacy levels by documenting some of Vanuatu's most severely endangered languages.
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.
Daniela Heil's anthropological expertise is helping to understand the impact of cultural differences on the health of indigenous communities.
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.
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.
Documenting small, regional languages can help them to not only survive, but thrive.
Dr Kathleen McPhillips is looking into the murky world of child sexual abuse within the church culture.
At the heart of a cross-faculty research project under way at Newcastle is the view to improving the quality of life of newcomers to Australia.
A dedicated team of Newcastle linguists is committed to studying the practical, scientific and cultural significance of dying local languages.
Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for the History of Violence, where she is researching the impact of World War Two on the theory and practice of psychiatry
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.
Engineering and Built Environment
Unafraid to resist the status quo, Professor SueAnne Ware is creating spaces that challenge public apathy and disengagement and inspire the adoption of a more humanitarian approach to some of society’s most controversial and pervasive issues.
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.
Associate Professor 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.
Emphasising the importance of effective communication, sustained innovation and seamless technology integration, Associate Professor Thayaparan Gajendran is seeking to create cultures of collaboration in project-based industries around the world.
Associate Professor 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.
Eco-conscious and exceptionally hard working, Dr Patrick Tang is looking to accommodate both structural and functional needs in his research and practical design work on building materials.
Dr Ifte Ahmed has worked extensively as consultant on urban settlements and disaster risk management related projects for many international development agencies. He has supported many of these agencies in programming, evaluation and training activities for urban development and upgrading projects for building resilience.
Dr Marcus Jefferies is expert in identifying and managing risk in the emerging arena of partnerships between the public and privates sectors for the procurement, construction and operation of infrastructure.
Graham Goodwin graduated from the University of New South Wales with B.Sc. (Physics) 1965, B.E. Honours I (Electrical Engineering) 1967 and Ph.D. 1971. In 2010 he was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Field Award and in 2013 he received the Rufus T. Oldenburger Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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.
Professor Burd is an expert in Software Engineering and an IEEE Computer Society Chair. She is currently involved in the re-evaluation and re-design of the Software Engineering program as a teaching and learning mentor.
Professor Andrew Fleming's research includes optical nanofabrication, nanopositioning control systems, high-speed scanning probe microscopy, micro-cantilever sensors, and metrological position sensors.
Professor Sarah Johnson performs research in the fields of signal processing, error correction coding and information theory. The applications of her research include secure and reliable digital communications and biomedical imaging technologies.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Alexandre Mendes is the Deputy Head of the Newcastle Robotics Lab. His research interests are concentrated in Optimization and Data Mining.
Adding to an international, fundamental knowledge base of wireless communications, Dr Duy Ngo is seeking to help commercial sectors capitalise on opportunities for 5G and beyond.
Dr Lawrence Ong is addressing the global demand for faster communications by exploring new protocols for data transmission.
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.
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.
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.
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 Olivier Buzzi's research interests are in rock mechanics, rock joints, expansive soils and unsaturated soil mechanics.
Professor Irina Belova is recognised as one of the world's leading authorities on the theory of mass and heat transport in materials.
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.
Material engineer Professor Erich Kisi has received $515,000 from the Australian Solar Institute to create a new device that converts solar energy directly into electricity.
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.
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.
Professor Daichao Sheng
Professor Daichao Sheng's research expertise covers the areas of unsaturated soil mechanics, computational geomechanics, cold region geotechnics and geo-environmental engineering.
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.
Associate Professor Thomas Fiedler is driving the development of new-generation cellular materials with that are light, strong and multi-functional.
Associate Professor Stockenhuber's main research interest is heterogeneous catalysis and nanoporous materials with a special emphasis on structure- function relationships.
Hearing consumer calls for government, industry and business to resolve issues related to climate change, Dr Dariusz Alterman is searching for ways to help Australia meet its emission reduction targets in 2020 and beyond.
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.
Giving roughly equal weight to experimental and theoretical aspects of geomechanics, Dr Jim Hambleton is digging deep to amplify knowledge about the natural world.
Health and Medicine
Anatomy 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.
A contemporary contributor to understandings of the central nervous system, Associate Professor Chris Dayas is proving – and, at times, disproving – ideas about the brain’s structure and its influence on motivation and emotion.
The primary theme of A Prof Graham's research is spinal sensory coding, a topic he has been focused on since completing his Honours year studying inhibitory synaptic transmission between spinal dorsal horn neurons in 2001.
Anatomy 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.
Dr Doug Smith is investigating the impacts of ageing on the nervous system, with the aim of identifying interventions that will extend healthspan.
Anatomy Neurobiology of Stress
Associate Professor Rohan Walker is advancing a scientific premise that could transform treatment for mood disorders.
Professor Callister’s current research focusses on the role of exercise in the prevention, treatment and management of health disorders including obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, depression, and asthma as well as relationships with immune function and dizziness.
Human Physiology Neuroscience - Stroke
Delivering cutting-edge treatments to patients is a key motivation for neurology expert Associate Professor 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.
Immunology and Microbiology Respiratory Diseases
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.
Immunology and Microbiology
Dr Jay Horvat's preclinical research is cementing a scientific, nuanced understanding of our bodies' harmful and helpful immunological processes.
Immunology and Microbiology
Steven's current research is focussed on characterizing changes in the bone marrow during disease and infection. During a virus infection, an immune response is rapidly induced.
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.
Immunology and Microbiology
Dr Fatemeh Moheimani is investigating how the structure and function of airway epithelium contribute to respiratory disease, with the end goal of developing novel interventions for asthma.
Medical Biochemistry 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.
Medical Biochemistry Biochemistry and Cell Biology - Cancer
Dr Nikki Verrills' research into a key signalling switch in cancer cells could provide an important breakthrough in treatment.
Medical Biochemistry Cancer Cell Biology
Dr Pradeep Tanwar is an ARC Future Fellow, a Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellow and an investigator of the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance. Throughout his research career, Dr Tanwar’s research work has focussed on defining molecular footsteps involved in the pathogenesis of the reproductive tract cancers.
Medical Genetics 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.
Medical Genetics 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.
Medical Genetics Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Dr Nikola Bowden uses next-generation genetic profiling techniques to unlock the mysteries of melanoma.
PHARMACY AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY
NEUROSCIENCE - SCHIZOPHRENIA
Associate Professor 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.
NUTRITION 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.
PHARMACY AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY
Dr Susan Hua's research focus is on therapeutic targeting utilising novel drug delivery platforms in biomedical applications. She is particularly interested in using nanotechnology to study novel mechanistic pathways, as well as to develop more efficient therapeutic delivery systems.
PHARMACY AND EXPERIMENTAL PHARMACOLOGY
Dr Kirsty Pringle is acquiring and sharing critical knowledge about pregnancy and women’s reproductive health.
Proving cancer to be as unique as its sufferers, Dr Craig Gedye’s fastidious, thoughtful and well-executed scientific research is pursuing a tailored approach to patient care, rather than a ‘one-size-fits-none’ mentality.
Dr Wong's research focuses on the effects of bioactive nutrients in human circulatory function and cognitive performance.
Dr Jessie Sutherland's research focus is within the field of reproductive biology, infertility and disease.
Dr Andrew Reid's research is playing a role in the development of new pharmaceuticals, which aim to improve the quality of life for those with respiratory disease.
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
Associate Professor 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
Associate Professor Helen Warren-Forward is a medical physicist. Her core research is to ensure that the rapid advances in imaging systems afford the best patient management with regards to diagnostic outcomes and patient safety.
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
Associate Professor 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 DIETETICS
Associate Professor Surinder Baines' research is in the areas of obesity, diabetes and diet; nutrition and metabolic consequences of cancer; plant-based diets and health; and food microbiology, food safety and consumer practices.
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
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.
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.
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.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR VIV CHUTER
MUSCULOSKELETAL AND VASCULAR PATHOLOGY
Associate Professor Viv Chuter's research focusses on diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and vascular pathology of the lower extremity including lower extremity biochemical function and injury management, foot function in people with diabetes.
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Dr Kelvin Kong, an otolaryngology, head and neck surgeon, is passionate about addressing the disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.
AGEING AND GENDER
Professor Julie Byles is the Director of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing. A key activity of the Centre is the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health which aims to identify biological, psychosocial and environmental factors affecting the health of women from all walks of life.
Professor Walker’s work explores several facets: pathology in the gut in dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome, the relationship between brain and gut health in gastroenterology, coeliac disease and also unique biomarkers in prostate cancer.
DR REBECCA WYSE
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
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.
DR GEOFF ISBISTER
Clinical researcher Dr Geoff Isbister courts controversy as he challenges time-honoured beliefs about the treatments given to envenomed patients.
PROFESSOR JOHN ATTIA
Professor Attia's research expertise includes clinical, molecular, and genetic epidemiology methods. He is also Director of the Clinical Research Design, IT and Statistical Support (CReDITSS) Unit.
PROFESSOR JENNIFER MARTIN
Optimising choice, dose and timing of medicines for a particular patient are the focus of Professor Jennifer Martin's clinical work and research career.
LAUREATE PROFESSOR NICK TALLEY
Laureate 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.
PROFESSOR CHRISTINE PAUL
HEALTH BEHAVIOUR SCIENCES
A/Prof Chris Paul is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow with the School of Medicine and Public Health, Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour and Hunter Medical Research Institute. Her work spans preventive health issues and provision of patient care.
HEALTH BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTIONS
Dr Mariko Carey is a NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellow working within the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour. Key research interests include health behaviour interventions, measurement of patient reported outcomes, multidisciplinary care, systems of care, evidence-based practice and quality of care.
As Director of the Gomeroi gaaynggal Arts Health and Research Programs, Dr Kym Rae creates a link between community and research scientists, working together to facilitate tangible improvements to Indigenous perinatal outcomes.
Dr Gould’s primary research focus is strategies to improve the risks from tobacco smoking for Indigenous Australians. She is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (Australian Public Health and Health Services). The focus of the fellowship is improving cessation strategies for pregnant Indigenous smokers
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.
Dr Emma Beckett is exploring the genetic secrets behind microbiomes and whether you really are what you eat.
Dr Andrew Bivard is an award-winning imaging expert who is working on an HMRI clinical trial of the clot-busting drug Tenecteplase involving 20 stroke centres across Australia, and 50 world-wide.
CONJOINT PROFESSOR CHRIS LEVI
Working on eight ground-breaking research projects, internationally renowned researcher Conjoint Professor Chris Levi is on a medical mission to cure stroke.
Dr Gardner is an early career research clinician, working in a full-time capacity as a Neuropsychologist for the Hunter New England Local Health District in the Neuropsychiatry Service. He is also a Co-Director of the Hunter New England Local Health District's Sport Concussion Clinic, an Executive Committee Member of the Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury, and serves as a member of the Australian Rugby Union's (ARUs) Concussion Advisory Group.
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.
Dr Adam Collison’s research explores why some people develop allergies, while others, who are exposed to the same triggers don’t. His work is focussed on the exposures that occur in the first years of life, including in-utero.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DEB LOXTON
Associate Professor Deb Loxton examines the health and wellbeing of women who have lived with violent partners, and the impact of reproductive health options and choices on women.
Dr Alexis Hure's research expertise are in the areas of fetal growth, breastfeeding, child nutrition, nutrition during pregnancy, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, developmental origins of health and disease and methyl metabolism and epigenetic programming.
Professor Wiggers focuses on population health research, particularly in the area of re-orientating health and other agencies towards the adoption of policies and practices that have a disease prevention and health risk reduction focus. This work has primarily involved research in changing the service delivery practices of agencies with regard to the prevention of obesity, and to reducing alcohol and tobacco related harms.
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.
A self-described 'specialised zoologist,' Professor Roger Smith is keen on understanding the idiosyncrasies, interactions and inner workings of multiple animal species but especially human.
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.
Associate Professor Jodie Simpson's pioneering research has changed the focus of asthma treatment and promises new relief for many who suffer from the disease.
Professor Ulrich (Ulli) Schall investigates cerebral activity to better understand the riddles of the brain.
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
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.
Dean of School
The University of Newcastle's Professor Sally Chan believes the human mind is more important than the physical self.
Falling under the umbrella term of 'multidimensional assessment and individualised management,' Professor Vanessa McDonald's clinical research is helping to engineer a shift in the way patients with long-term respiratory problems are diagnosed and treated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An investigator of indomitable spirit, Professor Brett Nixon is pursuing the mysteries of sperm dysfunction from multiple, linked perspectives.
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.
Tenacious and audacious in equal measure, Associate Professor Mark Baker is seeking to crack the genetic code of male infertility.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Associate Professor 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.
ARC Decra Fellow
Dr Zamira Gibb is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of equine fertility enhancement who works closely with industry to improve reproductive outcomes.
The research of Dr Hannah Power focuses primarily on the study of coastal processes and the geomorphology of sandy beaches.
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.
After studying for her PhD at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Vicki went on to a post-doctoral position at the University of Cambridge. Her current research interests include plasmonic materials and the corrosion of silver nanoparticles.
Since joining UON in 1981, John has collaborated across the University and the globe in a broad range of spheres; from surface and medical physics to science communications.
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.
Professor Scott Brown's research focuses on applying mathematical modelling techniques to the understanding of higher-order cognitive processes (mostly memory and decision-making).
Professor Deborah Hodgson works at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology and immunology, to explore the impact of early life events on long term health outcomes.
By focusing on the interplay between brain, behaviour and environment, Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis' cognitive neuroscience research is helping to craft a clearer picture of how we efficiently and adaptively apply cognitive control processes across the lifespan.
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 Juanita Todd's studies into auditory brain responses could lead to earlier diagnosis and improved treatment of schizophrenia.
Andrea Griffin's research focuses on the cognitive and behavioural processes that allow animals to adapt to short-term and long-term environmental change and variability.
Social psychologist Dr Stefania Paolini aims to understand the complex decision making processes involved in engaging with 'otherness' .
Indigenous Education and Research Indigenous History
Professor John Maynard's journey began with a desire to piece together a family history and has now seen him become one of the world's most prolific and respected voices on Indigenous history.
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Indigenous Education and Research Indigenous Cultural Studies
Reflecting on our country's past and critically thinking about its future, Associate Professor Stephanie Gilbert is seeking to bring disparate communities together through the provision of culturally minded social spaces, literature and tertiary curricula.
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Indigenous Education and Research Social Work
Karen's research contributes to the removal of barriers preventing Aboriginal children from receiving best practice delivery of welfare, health, education, and law services.
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Conjoint Associate Professor Josephine May is an historian of education specialising in the history of Australian education and enabling education.
Research Engagement and Development
Dr. Anna Bennett has a PhD in Sociology and applies sociological theory and concepts to better understand social phenomena. Current research areas include: discourses of equity and participation in higher education, identities and subject positions in higher education, and notions and implications of neoliberalism.
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Dr Barry Hodges is seeking to define and defeat the challenges associated with sustained participation in enabling education programs.
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A big believer in the benefits of tertiary study, Dr Bronwyn Relf is looking to see what works – and what doesn’t work – within enabling education spaces in Australia.
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Controversially putting Corporate Australia under a microscope, Sharlene Leroy-Dyer is looking to magnify racial discrimination and other incidents of employer misconduct in the workplace.
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