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Inaugural Advance Queensland Research Fellows and PhD Scholars

Fifty-four Queensland scientists and researchers have received more the $10 million through the Advance Queensland initiative.

Their projects will help drive innovation and collaboration in new and existing industries and solidify the state’s capability and reputation as a global science and research leader.

Recipient Advance Queensland Award Project Title University or Research Organisation Partners
Mr Troy Meston Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander PhD Scholarship, $120,000 An indigenous journey through the 21st century educational landscapes of new metrics The University of Queensland
  • Australian Council for Educational Research
Miss Samantha Aird PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Impacts of Long-Term Marine Resource Use on the GBR James Cook University
  • Lizard Island Research Station
  • Australian Museum
  • Queensland Museum
Miss Megan Arnold PhD Scholarship, $45,000 New prophylactic drugs for malaria Griffith University
  • Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) Switzerland
  • CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering
Miss Nadia Campagnolo PhD Scholarship, $45,000 The Association between Diet and Inflammation in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Griffith University
  • National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases
  • Menzies Health Institute Qld
  • Stakeholder groups such as CFS/ME support groups in QLD and NSW as well as clinical experience with a  leading Allergist and a NCNED CFS/ME Dietician
Mrs Rena Louise Cruz PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Advanced 3D biofabrication approaches for the treatment of microtia Queensland University of Technology
  • Hear and Say
Miss Rebecca Garrad PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Pastures as tools for pest suppression The University of Queensland
Miss Bettina Glasl PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Microbial indicators for water quality and environmental stress assessment James Cook University
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
Dr Johanna Lynch PhD Scholarship, $45,000 'Sense of safety': a new way to see mental health? The University of Queensland
  • Integrate Place
  • Mental Health Professional Network
  • Adults Surviving Child Abuse
  • Mediros
  • Headspace
  • Australian Society Psychological Medicine
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Mr Nicholas McCarthy PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Breathing fire: understanding the meteorology of pyro-convection in bushfires. The University of Queensland
  • Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • New South Wales Rural Fire Service 
Mr Alastair Robertson PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Up-scaling the production of novel agricultural enzymes to industrial scale Queensland University of Technology
  • Bioproton
Mr Saira Sanjida PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Role of antidepressants in cancer risk and treatment outcomes Queensland University of Technology
  • Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
Mrs Rebecca Stockwell PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Hospital environments and the spread of cough aerosols QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Prince Charles Hospital
Mr Eric Wu PhD Scholarship, $45,000 Development of a 'Smart' heart assist device The University of Queensland
  • Prince Charles Hospital
Dr Cass Hunter Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship, $240,000 Transforming hidden data: An integrative information system for Torres Strait CSIRO
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority
  • Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
Dr (Maria)
Fernanda Adame
Research Fellowship, Early-career,  $180,000 Cost-effective restoration of wetlands that protect the Great Barrier Reef Griffith University
  • Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Dr Nasim Amiralian Research Fellowship, Early-career,  $180,000 Advancement and Commercialisation of Spinifex Nanocellulose Enhanced Rubber Products The University of Queensland
  • Derby Rubber
  • Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation
  • Cook Medical
Dr Zoe Bainbridge Research Fellowship, Early-career,  $180,000 Identifying sources of fine sediments to protect the GBR James Cook University
  • Griffith University
  • NQ Dry Tropics
  • TropWater
  • Dept Science, Information Technology and Innovation
  • Dept Environment and Heritage Protection
Dr David Blondeau-Patissier Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Satellite Detection of Marine Pollution in the Great Barrier Reef CSIRO
  • Dept Science, Information Technology and Innovation
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Dr Mariam Darestani Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Water purification  pipes for irrigation using poor quality water resources Queensland University of Technology  
Dr Kameron Dunn Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000

Transforming Queensland’s agricultural and petroleum waste products into advanced composites.

Southern Oil Refinery
  • Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Dr Jason Edwards Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Novel approach to reduce productivity losses from injuries and illnesses Queensland University of Technology
  • Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
Dr Farhad Fatehi Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Using telemedicine for improving diabetes management in Queensland The University of Queensland
  • Australian E-Health Research Centre CSIRO
Dr Sergio-Andres Galindo-Torres Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Pushing the boundaries of current numerical geotechnical modelling capabilities The University of Queensland
  • Golder Associates
Dr Natassia Goode Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 A proactive approach for reducing medication errors in Queensland hospitals University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Sunshine Coast Hospital
Dr Anjali Jaiprakash Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Robotic leg-holding device making keyhole knee-surgery easier and safer Queensland University of Technology
  • Stryker
  • Holy Spirit North Side Private Hospital
  • Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
Dr Muxina Konarova Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Sustainable production of ethanol fuel from waste-gas The University of Queensland
  • Australian Petroleum International Exploration and Development (APIED)
  • Austeng (Australian Engineering Solutions P/L)
Dr Paul Luckman Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Comercial scale production of N-Sorptive Superabsorbent Biopolymers for Sugarcane Fertilizers The University of Queensland  
Dr Philip Mosley Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Psychiatric symptoms after deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Medtronic
  • St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital
Dr Gabriele Netzel Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Managing the detrimental effects of indospicine through rumen metabolism The University of Queensland
  • Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Dr Juan Ortiz Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Maximising GBR resilience by integrating physiology, evolutionary biology, and macroecology The University of Queensland
  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation
  • Dept Environment and Heritage Protection
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Dr Sunil Panchal Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Functional foods for healthy ageing of a growing elderly population University of Southern Queensland
  • Nature Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Nutrafruit Pty Ltd
  • Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network
  • Food development Centre
Dr Hong Peng Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Unlocking Queensland's bauxite ore reserves through process technology innovation The University of Queensland
  • Rio Tinto  Aluminium Ltd
Dr Pradeep Shukla Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Upscaling and developing on-site cyanide plant for gold/base metal mines The University of Queensland
  • Synergen Met Pvt Ltd
Dr Sabesan Sivapalan Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Deep Learning for Large Scale Logo Identification and Semantic Search Queensland University Of Technology
  • See-out Pty Ltd (trading name: TrademarkVision)
Dr Daniel Smith Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 A smartphone-based decision support tool to stimulate cyclone mitigation James Cook University
  • Suncorp Group Limited
  • University of Florida
Dr Yifan Wang Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Reconfigurable mm-wave antenna systems for satellite communications The University of Queensland
  • EM Solutions
Dr Wayne Water Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Making Solar Better: Advanced Electronics for Distributed Energy Storage Griffith University
  • Elevare Energy Pty Ltd
Dr Arnold Wiliem Research Fellowship, Early-career, $180,000 Transforming Queensland Health Care via Digital Pathology The University of Queensland
  • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Dr Pratheep Kumar Annamalai Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Easily deconstructed spinifex nanofibres for enhancement of high-performance construction materials  The University of Queensland
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland)
  • Dugalanji Aboriginal Corporation
  • ARRB Group Ltd
Dr Emma Bolderson Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Targeting genome stability in cancer Queensland University of Technology
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital
Dr Paul Giacomin Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 New therapies for Coeliac Disease: Helminths and their secreted products James Cook University
  • The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation
Dr Alice Hayward Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 MICROpropagator - A Plant Propagation Platform Based on Novel Biomolecules The University of Queensland
  • Queesland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Millwood Holdings Pty Ltd T/A Delroy Orchards
  • Jasper Farms Holdings Pty Ltd
  • Anderson Horticulture Pty Ltd
Dr Shihu Hu Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Energy Positive Domestic Wastewater Treatment The University of Queensland
  • Queensland Urban Utilities
Dr Azharul Karim Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Intelligent microwave assisted convective dryer for agricultural products Queensland University of Technology
  • Agridry
Dr James Kesby Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Establishing therapeutic links between early dopamine function and schizophrenia The University of Queensland
  • Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
Dr Li Li Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Engineering nanohybrid platforms  for oral vaccination combined with animal feed The University of Queensland
  • Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd
Dr Yah Leng Lim Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Compact terahertz laser imaging system for early skin cancer detection The University of Queensland
  • Micreo Ltd
Assoc Prof Bernadette McCabe Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Process improvement of energy and value extraction from agro-industrial waste University of Southern Queensland
  • Oakey Beef Exports, NH Foods Australia
  • Meat & Livestock Australia
  • Churchill Abattoir
  • Wiley
Dr Yateendra Mishra Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Maximising renewable energy penetration through smart inverter deployment and control Queensland University of Technology 
  • Statcom Solutions Pty Ltd
Dr Natalie Prow Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Development of a vaccine for chikungunya virus QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Sementis
Dr Paul Shaw Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Development of a luminescence-based sensor for the detection of explosives The University of Queensland
  • Arborescent Pty Ltd
Dr Darrell Strauss Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Development of cost effective, large-scale nearshore nourishment for Queensland beaches Griffith University
  • City of Gold Coast
Dr Chengyuan Xu Research Fellowship, Mid-career, $300,000 Early Detection of Crop Stresses in Tropical Protected Cropping Systems Central Queensland University
  • Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Perfection Fresh Australia Pty Ltd

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Last updated
10 February, 2017

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