IMPACT7 PRESENTERS

IMPACT7 PRESENTERS

Lucie Bland
Lucie
Bland
JOSHUA CHU-TAN
JOSHUA
CHU-TAN
GEOFF DOHERTY
GEOFF
DOHERTY
James Eggleston
James
Eggleston
Samuel Evans
Samuel
Evans
Jinghua Fang
Jinghua
Fang
Lisa-ann Gershwin
Lisa-ann Gershwin
Katie Hammer
Katie
Hammer
Mike Hodgkinson
Mike
Hodgkinson
Pascal Perez
Pascal
Perez
Megan Phillips
Megan
Phillips
Mian Li Ooi
Mian Li
Ooi
Sharon Ricardo
Sharon
Ricardo
Veena Sahajwalla
Veena
Sahajwalla
Yin Xiang Setoh
Yin Xiang
Setoh
Bryn Sobott
Bryn
Sobott
MICHELE TRENTI
MICHELE
TRENTI
Anthony S. Weiss
Anthony S.
Weiss
Alasdair Wood
Alasdair
Wood
 
 
 
 
 

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Lucie Bland
Lucie
Bland
JOSHUA CHU-TAN
JOSHUA
CHU-TAN
GEOFF DOHERTY
GEOFF
DOHERTY
James Eggleston
James
Eggleston
Samuel Evans
Samuel
Evans
Jinghua Fang
Jinghua
Fang
Lisa-ann Gershwin
Lisa-ann Gershwin
Katie Hammer
Katie
Hammer
Mike Hodgkinson
Mike
Hodgkinson
Pascal Perez
Pascal
Perez
Megan Phillips
Megan
Phillips
Mian Li Ooi
Mian Li
Ooi
Sharon Ricardo
Sharon
Ricardo
Veena Sahajwalla
Veena
Sahajwalla
Yin Xiang Setoh
Yin Xiang
Setoh
Bryn Sobott
Bryn
Sobott
MICHELE TRENTI
MICHELE
TRENTI
Anthony S. Weiss
Anthony S.
Weiss
Alasdair Wood
Alasdair
Wood
 
 
 
 
 

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Lucie Bland

Research Fellow, Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University

Lucie Bland holds a BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Imperial College London. Lucie completed her first postdoc at The University of Melbourne and now works as a Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology.

Lucie’s work focuses on assessing risks to biodiversity with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and Red List of Ecosystems protocols. She is interested in ecosystem modelling, risk analysis, and global conservation policy.

In 2015, Lucie was a member of the team awarded the Australian Museum Eureka Prize in Environmental Research. Furthermore, she was a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards. Lucie also owns a business providing academic editing services to researchers aiming to improve the dissemination and impact of their research.

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Joshua Chu-Tan

PhD candidate, Australian National University

Joshua Chu-Tan is a PhD candidate with the Natoli Group at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University (ANU). Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science with First Class Honours from ANU in 2014. Josh’s work focuses on the role of microRNA and their potential for use as a gene therapy for age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world.

In 2016, Josh won both the people’s choice and first prize in ANU’s ‘3 Minute Thesis’ (3MT) contest, and also received first prize in the Asia-Pacific 3MT. Josh was also a finalist for the Young Innovator of the Year at the annual Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany. Currently, in addition to finalising his PhD, Josh is a blog contributor and intern writer/editor at Nature.

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Geoff Doherty

Senior Biotechnologist, Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec) and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

Dr Geoff Doherty is the Senior Biotechnologist at Ethanol Technologies Limited (Ethtec) and is Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. As a molecular microbiologist, Geoff has worked in a variety of roles in both academic and industrial settings. Geoff is currently leading Ethtec’s development of a novel yeast platform for the production of biorenewable fuels and chemicals.
James Eggleston

Senior Analyst, Power Ledger

James Eggleston is a Senior Analyst in the Business Development team at Power Ledger, a federally funded Doctoral Researcher at CUSP Institute and a Board Member at the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA). At Power Ledger, James works on project implementation of blockchain applications for electricity trading, asset management and asset ownership fractionalisation. At CUSP Institute James’ research is focused on blockchain applications within smart cities and the underpinning utility sectors. At the CCWA James brings to the board expertise in strategic planning for innovations within smart cities and infrastructure at a policy level.
Jinghua Fang

Materials Scientist, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Jinghua Fang is a materials scientist based at the University of Technology Sydney as a DECRA Fellow. Her work focuses on functional nanocomposites fabrication and applications. Her passion is to find solutions to complex challenges that will leave the world a better place for the next generation. Jinghua secured an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship in 2007 and completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne. In 2011, she joined the CSIRO on an OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2016, she was awarded a prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.
Samuel Evans

Co-founder, Diffuse Energy

Dr Samuel Evans is a lecturer in mechanical engineering at the University of Newcastle. He has experience in both conventional and renewable generation and has worked across private industry, public utility, and academia. Samuel’s research focuses on small-scale wind generation for use in both urban environments and remote off-grid sites. Samuel is passionate about translating research into real world impact, and has recently co-founded Diffuse Energy. Diffuse Energy have developed wind turbine technology that is twice as efficient compared to other products on the market.
Lisa-ann Gershwin

Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin has been researching jellyfish for more than 25 years, and is a recognised expert in jellyfish bloom dynamics, evolution, taxonomy, toxinology, beach safety, and open ocean ecology. She has published more than 70 peer reviewed scientific papers, written two best-selling popular science books (and a third just submitted!), given two TEDx talks, and discovered more than 200 new species (including one species of dolphin!). She joined CSIRO in 2011 as a research scientist. Her current projects include innovations for jellyfish safety, jellyfish management for the tourism and fishing industries, and ecology of deep-sea jellyfish.
Katie Hammer

Project Manager, Project Manager, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

Katie Hammer is a researcher with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Katie is interested in taking an action research approach to drive strategic planning process with stakeholders wanting to transition to more liveable, sustainable, and resilient future cities. Her role with the CRC involves managing and providing research and analytical support to Integrated Research Project 1 – Water Sensitive City Visions and Transition Strategies. Katie currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mike Hodgkinson

CEO, Capricorn Power

Mike Hodgkinson is a commercially-focused cleantech executive, with a breadth of experience and success in capital raising, startups, joint ventures and alliances, and growth. As GM of Solar Systems and as Commercial Director of RayGen, Mike built several utility scale Concentrating Solar PV plants. As a co-founder of Orbian - a Citigroup trade finance corporate venture - he successfully built a team of 120 across New York and London as well as a platform that now settles over $30 billion per annum.
Pascal Perez

Director of SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong

Senior Professor Pascal Perez is a world leader in participatory modelling of complex socio-technical systems.

He is currently Director of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, overseeing research in infrastructure-related fields such as water and energy efficiency, future transport and mobility, smart cities and communities, or infrastructure system engineering and logistics. As Director he is responsible for SMART’s academic governance and for establishing strategic scientific partnerships in Australia and beyond.

Pascal was the catalyst behind the regional Digital Living Lab, a ‘smart communities’ initiative, funded by the University of Wollongong, aiming to offer a public and free-to-air Internet of Things network across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions in order to encourage the creation of problem-driven and community-oriented smart solutions with local startups, SMEs, Councils and associations.

Pascal is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the national Scientific Committee of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. In 2002, he received an ARC-International Linkage Fellowship to develop social modelling research at the Australian National University.

Pascal has published over 150 refereed articles and book chapters. In 2006, he co-edited the book Complex Science for a Complex World with his colleague David Batten.

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Megan Phillips

Environmental Biologist, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Megan Phillips endeavors to progress our understanding of the key issues contributing to changes in Australian landscapes, including the challenges of investigating and managing complex, human-caused ecosystem disturbance. She completed a Bachelor of Environmental Biology from 2005 - 2008, followed by a Doctorate of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences in 2009 - 2012. Megan completed an Associate Lectureship at UNSW in 2012 and became a Lecturer at UTS in 2016. She has published research findings in local and international journals, including Nature, PLOS ONE, and Austral Ecology, in order to contribute to a growing body of knowledge in botanical science and environmental restoration.
Mian Li Ooi

PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide

Dr Mian Li Ooi is currently in her final year of her PhD with the University of Adelaide. Her PhD focuses on finding novel antimicrobial agents for the treatment of recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis. Mian has completed her Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Tasmania and a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health through the University of New South Wales. She currently works as a service Otolaryngology registrar with the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network and a clinical tutor for medical students through the University of Adelaide.
Sharon Ricardo
Sharon Ricardo

Professor and Research Group Leader, Monash University

Professor Sharon Ricardo is a Research Group Leader in the Monash Biomedical Discovery Institute at Monash University. She has an established reputation in stem cells and organ development applied to development of novel therapies to prevent and reverse kidney disease. As head of the Kidney Regeneration and Stem Cell Laboratory her lab is producing high-impact research aimed at developing new stem cell-based therapies in combination with repair and growth factors that may offer alternatives to renal replacement. Her discoveries, that have led to the first induced pluripotent stem cell lines from human kidneys and novel patented proteins aimed at kidney regeneration, have resulted in translational research evidenced by seven granted international patents.
Veena Sahajwalla
Veena Sahajwalla

Director of Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, SMaRT@UNSW

Australian Research Council Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and innovator who is revolutionising recycling science. Veena is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ Veena recently launched the world's first e-waste microfactory.

As a materials scientist and engineer and founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, she is producing a new generation of green materials, products and resources made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Numerous international and national honours have recognised Veena’s research and leadership; in 2018 she has elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2017 Veena has received PLuS Alliance Prize for Research Innovation and awarded the prestigious Jubilee Professorship by the Indian Academy of Sciences.

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Dr Yin Xiang Setoh
Yin Xiang Setoh

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland

Dr Yin Xiang Setoh obtained his PhD in Virology at The University of Queensland in 2012. Yin Xiang then joined the laboratory of Prof. Alexander Khromykh at The University of Queensland, where he is now a senior postdoctoral researcher.

Yin Xiang’s research interests include viral and host determinants of virulence and pathogenesis for a range of mosquito-borne flaviviruses - such as the West Nile virus and Zika virus - and the development of flavivirus vaccines and diagnostics based on chimeric insect-specific flaviviruses. Yin Xiang is also interested in the development of an Ebola vaccine and therapeutics based on self-replicating RNA (replicon) of the flavivirus Kunjin.

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Bryn Sobott
Bryn Sobott

Innovation and Engagement Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Dr Bryn Sobott is an Innovation and Engagement Fellow at The University of Melbourne. Bryn is a co-inventor of several award-winning devices designed to reduce health inequity in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). As the principal investigator on multiple Saving Lives at Birth grants, Bryn is currently leading a pilot study of FREO2 Siphon, aimed at reducing childhood pneumonia in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda. Bryn is a co-founder of FREO2 Foundation Australia, a not-for-profit designed to reduce health inequities in LMICs.
Michele Trenti
Michele Trenti

Principal Investigator, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Michele Trenti is an astrophysicist with a broad range of research interests spanning from the formation of stars and galaxies in the infancy of the Universe to high energy phenomena such as Gamma Ray Burst explosions and tidal disruptions of stars by black holes. Michele received his PhD in 2005 from Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy) and, after traveling around the world, he is now an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at The University of Melbourne.

Michele has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has strong experience leading astronomical observations from space. In fact, Michele is among the most successful users of the Hubble Space Telescope, as measured by observing time awarded as Principal Investigator (primarily for the multi-year Brightest of Reionizing Galaxies "BoRG" survey). As a keen fan of the Star Trek Universe, with SkyHopper Michele now aims at developing a cubic spacecraft.

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Anthony S. Weiss

McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology Founder, Elastagen

Professor Anthony S. Weiss is the McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology, the Leader of the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine Node at the Charles Perkins Centre, and a Professor at the Bosch Institute at the University of Sydney.

Anthony has pioneered research into human tropoelastin (the protein building-block that gives tissue its elasticity) and discovered how to assemble it into synthetic elastin biomaterials that accelerate and improve the repair of scars and wounds. This work over two decades has made Anthony a world leader in this field, and his patented biomaterials inventions recently led to one of the largest commercial transactions in Australian healthcare history.

Anthony is the inventor of forty-three awarded patents and serves on ten Editorial Boards. Furthermore, Anthony is a Fellow of nine societies. Anthony was recently awarded the Order of Australia to honour his contributions to the field of biotechnology in his roles as an academic, researcher, author, mentor and executive.

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Alasdair Wood
Alasdair Wood

Co-Founder of MyoFab, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University

Alasdair Wood is a keen muscle biologist starting his training in a molecular exercise physiology lab in Aberdeen, Scotland. He left the highlands for an opportunity to study for his PhD in a translational research lab headed by Prof. Kate Bushby, in Newcastle, England. Subsequently moving to Australia to work under the mentorship of Eureka prize-winner and Director of ARMI, Prof. Peter Currie, Alasdair has spent the last eight years modelling muscular dystrophies in human cells and zebrafish.

He currently manages a collaborative project with Macquarie University that centres on novel pathways in muscular dystrophy. As a finalist in Monash University’s start up competition in 2016, winning $20K and entrepreneurial training in the accelerator programme, Alasdair also has a keen interest in entrepreneurial ventures.

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