Research Fellowships recipients

Program Period Project Location Partner Amount
Research Fellowships 2016
Nano-pollen encapsulated lysozyme: a safe alternative to antibiotics for livestock


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Process improvement of energy and value extraction from agro-industrial waste

Associate Professor Bernadette McCabe

This fellowship will collaborate with one of Australia's largest processing plants to develop tools and practices that better manage waste streams and biogas process optimisation. The benefits of the research will further increase profitability and reduce environmental impact across Queensland's red meat sector through developing enhanced waste management processes and technologies.


University of Southern Queensland $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Novel antimicrobial stewardship innovations to preserve antibiotics for the future

Associate Professor Jennifer Broom


Queensland Health Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
MICROpropagator - A Plant Propagation Platform Based on Novel Biomolecules

Dr Alice Hayward

This project will develop MICROpropagator - a world-first, non-GM, non-toxic, root-inducing formula to improve clonal propagation of woody crops. MICROpropagator will be made of newly discovered molecules in plants that control root production. It will be tested in an optimised tissue-culture propagation pipeline for avocado.


The University of Queensland $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Supersonic combustion of hydro carbon fuels for high-mach-number axisymmetric scramjets

Dr Ananthanarayanan Veeraragavan


The University of Queensland $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Robotic leg-holding device making keyhole knee-surgery easier and safer

Dr Anjali Jaiprakash

This research will analyse data of a robotic leg-holding device, developed to make keyhole knee-surgery easier and safer. This data will be analysed to develop a vision-based robotic leg-manipulation system for better surgical outcomes.


Queensland University of Technology $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
The value of conservation parks on the Great Barrier Reef

Dr April Hall


James Cook University $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Transforming Queensland Health Care via Digital Pathology

Dr Arnold Wiliem

Investigate ways to transform Queensland health care using digital pathology. Partnering with Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP), this fellowship aims to develop cutting edge Digital Pathology and Telepathology (DPT) to significantly advance the Queensland health care system.


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Intelligent microwave assisted convective dryer for agricultural products

Dr Azharul Karim

This research aims to develop an intelligent intermittent microwave assisted solar drying method, which can be applied to any agricultural products. Theoretical model for IMSD will be developed to investigate quality changes during IMSD. CFD models will be developed to investigate flow and temperature profile inside the drying chamber and silos. This will help to design best shape of the drying chamber/ silo in terms of uniformity of air-flow, heat distribution and product quality. A prototype microwave assisted solar dryer will be manufactures and tested.


Queensland University of Technology $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Stimulating regional tourism through virtual reconstruction of Queensland's WWII heritage

Dr Brent Moyle


University of the Sunshine Coast $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Tropical Pulses for Queensland

Dr Brett Williams


Queensland University of Technology $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Reinvigorating the Queensland oyster industry

Dr Carmel McDougall


Griffith University $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Nano-lateral flow assays for rapid and ultra-sensitive influenza detection

Dr Chang Lei


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Early Detection of Crop Stresses in Tropical Protected Cropping Systems

Dr Chengyuan Xu

This project will develop management practices for model crops blueberry and capsicum, generating knowledge and tools applicable to a broad range of fruit and vegetable crops. The project will deliver an innovative, low-cost crop stress alert tool which will provide critical crop information to growers to optimise productivity. Project outputs will increase productivity and profitability in the model crops, and provide tools and knowledge to support the investment potential of protected cropping systems in Queensland.


Central Queensland University $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
The Personalised Digital Patient: helping children with lower limb deformities

Dr Christopher Carty


Griffith University $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
A smartphone-based decision support tool to stimulate cyclone mitigation

Dr Daniel Smith

This project aims to develop an actionable, research-based approach to mitigation in Queensland and other wind-prone regions of Australia. The benefits to Queensland include stimulation of mitigation action among homeowners, reduction of loss and suffering from severe wind events and insurance premium reductions resulting from enhanced housing resilience.


James Cook University $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Development of cost effective, large-scale nearshore nourishment for Queensland beaches

Dr Darrell Strauss

The project aims to quantify the morphodynamic response to large-scale nourishment of Queensland beaches by developing the process understanding and numerical modelling capability for the dynamic transport of sand under the influence of a range of wave and current conditions in shallow water depths, with a particular focus on the onshore movement of sand.


Griffith University $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Satellite Detection of Marine Pollution in the Great Barrier Reef

Dr David Blondeau-Patissier

This project aims at developing an automated pollution detection system from the synergetic use of advanced optical, thermal and radar sensors from next-generation earth observation satellites


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
More rapid and cost-effective diagnosis of antibiotic-resistant infections

Dr Derek Sarovich


University of the Sunshine Coast $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Testing new technolog in skin cancer prevention

Dr Elke Hacker


Queensland University of Technology $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Targeting genome stability in cancer

Dr Emma Bolderson

Patients presenting with metastatic disease are almost exclusively non-curable. It is vital, that we understand this disease at the molecular level, that we identify new therapeutic targets and biomarkers. It is generally agreed that targeting the genome stability pathways, offer one of the best hopes of tackling cancers. Given the evidence, it is vital that we understand how normal cellular processes protect us from genome instability and how ultimately genome stability functions in cancer and cancer progression. A novel mechanism for cancer treatment has been developed that uses chemically modified DNA molecules targeting DNA repair proteins. This research aims to further characterise these DNA molecules as an effective cancer treatment.


Queensland University of Technology $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Using telemedicine for improving diabetes management in Queensland

Dr Farhad Fatehi

Will implement and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a mobile-based system to automatically capture and transmit clinical data of people with diabetes in Queensland and enable large-scale remote monitoring and management of patients. This system will utilise Bluetooth and mobile technology to improve the labour-intensive jobs of initiation and titration of insulin for people with type 2 diabetes.


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Cost-effective restoration of wetlands that protect the Great Barrier Reef

Dr Fernanda Adame

This project will apply and advance a novel methodology, which incorporates ecological, economic and social factors to determine the most cost-effective restoration projects based on: 1) Restoration should be cheap, feasible and maximise ecological and social returns; 2) Funds should be allocated to wetlands that efficiently trap terrestrial pollutants; 3) Wetlands that deliver additional ecosystem services should be prioritised.


Griffith University $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Managing the detrimental effects of indospicine through rumen metabolism

Dr Gabriele Netzel

Dr Gabriele Netzel will investigate the detrimental effects of indospicine through rumen metabolism. The goal is to deliver an inoculum against the detrimental effects of the plant toxin indospicine on cattle to benefit the beef industry and Queensland's market reputation. This project will investigate this degradation, to identify responsible ruminal microbes, and to develop an inoculum which would enable indospicine to be metabolised.


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Data management, exploration and visualization for smart energy grid

Dr Hina Khan


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Unlocking Queensland's bauxite ore reserves through process technology innovation

Dr Hong Peng

This research will look to unlock Queensland's bauxite ore reserves through process technology innovation.


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Establishing therapeutic links between early dopamine function and schizophrenia

Dr James Kesby

This project will investigate how alterations in dopamine during brain development can lead to schizophrenia-like behaviours and altered brain function in the adult. Using advanced gene silencing techniques in the rat embryo the fellowship aims to manipulate a key developmental factor within dopamine neurons. The translational component of this research will be to identify therapeutic targets for interventions to help prevent the onset of schizophrenia in high-risk subjects.


The University of Queensland $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Development of novel neuroprotectants from Queensland rainforest plants

Dr Jason Cullen


QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Novel approach to reduce productivity losses from injuries and illnesses

Dr Jason Edwards

To research a novel approach to reduce productivity losses from injuries and illnesses. The aim of this research is to provide evidence-based knowledge to underpin future WHS regulatory interventions and policies.


Queensland University of Technology $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Targeting cancer metabolism with therapeutics derived from Queensland biota

Dr Jennifer Gunter


Queensland University of Technology $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Clinical and economic evaluation of novel blood tests for stroke

Dr Joseph Moxon


James Cook University $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
An accurate companion diagnostic predicting patient response to PARP inhibitors

Dr Joshua Burgess


Queensland University of Technology $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Transforming Queensland's agricultural and petroleum waste products into advanced composites.

Dr Kameron Dunn

This project seeks to lay down the initial foundations of an Advanced Carbon Fibre Composite Industry forged from the already existing advantages of local Queensland industries. In the broader context, the project seeks to bridge the divide between the existing Queensland Sugarcane Industry and the Queensland Petrochemical Industry and connect, integrate and equip these Queensland industries with advanced manufacturing capability and knowhow in biorefining.


Queensland University of Technology $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
New horizons with BioClay: Protecting crops from aphids and whiteflies

Dr Karl Robinson


The University of Queensland $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Road monitoring and anomaly detection using microwave based sensors

Dr Konstanty Bialkowski


The University of Queensland $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
CP muscle-movement toolbox: Expand early detection of cerebral palsy

Dr Lee Barber


Central Queensland University $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Engineering nanohybrid platforms for oral vaccination combined with animal feed

Dr Li Li

This project aims to design and make polymer-clay nano-hybrids to load commercial vaccines combined with animal feed to protect livestock against infectious diseases. The major goals of the platform are to safely deliver the vaccine antigens to the intestine and induce a specific long-term protection against a certain disease.


The University of Queensland $300,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Is Queensland's economy resilient to an energy shock?

Dr Lynette Molyneaux


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Engineered design of bulk superconductors for maximum efficiency motors/generators

Dr Mahboobeh Shahbazi


Queensland University of Technology $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Enhancing CSG well production through well bottom-hole pressure control

Dr Mahshid Firouzi


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Treatment impacts on inflammation, subjective symptoms and microbiome in IBD/IBS

Dr Marcus Gray


Queensland Health Metro South Hospital and Health Service $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Water purification pipes for irrigation using poor quality water resources

Dr Mariam Darestani

Freshwater water resources are declining globally. Although other impurities can also harm plants, so often salt is the main issue. Desalination technologies have advanced significantly but still are energy extensive and costly for irrigation. This research aims to develop a cost-effective technology for irrigation. These water purification pipes comprise of hydrogel layer supporting a membrane that faces poor quality water inside the pipes.


Queensland University of Technology $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Female reproduction phenobank and validation herds

Dr Marina Fortes


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Environmentally adaptive antimicrobial surfaces for application in the aircraft industry

Dr Md. Daloar Hossain


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Sustainable production of ethanol fuel from waste-gas

Dr Muxina Konarova

This will develop and commercialise the sustainable production of ethanol fuel from waste-gas using innovative technology to make ethanol in small scale. The process converts syngas, obtained from landfill-biogas, biomass gasification or stranded coal seam gas into ethanol-fuel.


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2017
Exploring opportunities to improve wheat performance to future warmer climates

Dr Najeeb Ullah


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Advancement and Commercialisation of Spinifex Nanocellulose Enhanced Rubber Products

Dr Nasim Amiralian

Look to make further advancement and commercialisation of spinifex nanocellulose enhanced rubber products. This proposal involves the application of a patented Queensland nanotechnology for the reinforcement of ultra-thin and strong condoms and surgical gloves, and more durable compounded rubber materials. In the manufacture of condoms, latex rubber materials are sought that are resistant to breakage, but also have high flexibility to allow for a close fit and improved feel of sensation.


The University of Queensland $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
Development of a vaccine for chikungunya virus

Dr Natalie Prow

To undertake pre-clinical evaluation of the SCV/CHIKV vaccine at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QIMRB) using the CHIKV mouse model of infection and disease developed at QIMRB. CHIKV is related to, but causes more severe disease than, our Ross River virus, and has recently caused the largest global epidemic ever recorded for this virus. Millions of CHIKV cases have been reported, primarily in Africa, Asia, and the Americas (but also Papua New Guinea and several Pacific Islands).


QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute $300,000
Research Fellowships 2016
A proactive approach for reducing medication errors in Queensland hospitals

Dr Natassia Goode

This research aims to apply and evaluate a novel and proactive approach to analysing and redesigning the complex work systems involved in medication delivery. Partnering with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS), the project will analyse: 1) the sub-tasks, people, technologies, information, and the interactions between them involved in tasks associated with medication errors; 2) the network of controls that are used to manage the risks associated with medication delivery; and 3) these analyses will enable a diagnosis of the pathways to failure within the system, and will identify opportunities for system redesign to prevent future errors.


University of the Sunshine Coast $180,000
Research Fellowships 2016
New therapies for Coeliac Disease: Helminths and their secreted products

Dr Paul Giacomin

The project aims to translate this novel therapy into a larger, placebo-controlled clinical trial and study the mechanisms by which worms control the immune response. Identification of the molecules that the worms produce to suppress gluten-induced pathology will allow the development of pill-based medications for CeD, and potentially other autoimmune or inflammatory conditions.


James Cook University $300,000
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