University welcomes 2011 McKenzie Fellows

September 11 / 69

2011 McKenzie Fellows with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor James McCluksey, Professor John McKenzie, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lyn Yates and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research) Professor Dick Strugnell
2011 McKenzie Fellows with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor James McCluksey, Professor John McKenzie, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lyn Yates and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research) Professor Dick Strugnell

The 2011 McKenzie Fellows were officially welcomed to the University at a lunch with senior staff and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and internationally renowned geneticist Professor John McKenzie, who the fellowships honour.

Established in 2008, the fellowships are post-doctoral awards available to outstanding recent doctoral graduates from universities outside the University of Melbourne. Fellows are selected for their potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary, collaborative research activities within and across faculties. 

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lyn Yates said renewal and capacity-building was essential to maintain the University's position as a research leader. 

"The McKenzie scheme complements other forms of recruiting, and signals strongly to the international community our research commitments and interest in attracting the best scholars of the next generation," she said.

"It provides a select, elite intake of young researchers across the University who not only show exceptional research capacity, but who have the capacity to work with others to build new types of innovative and collaborative research in the future."

The 2011 McKenzie Fellows and their projects are:

Dr Olivier Cabrit, ‘Supercomputer simulations and high fidelity experimental measurements for a quantum leap in understanding of wall turbulence.’

Dr Mark Chou, ‘Understanding 'Democide': why some democracies fail and what we can learn from them.’

Dr Paul Cook, ‘Identifying changes and variation in word meaning using statistics and the Web.’

Dr Mohsen Mesgaran, ‘Can post-invasion evolution explain the niche shift in invasive plants: the roles of genetic variation and climate change’

Dr Francesca Minerva, ‘Controversial choices and conflict of values on the boundary between therapy and enchancement’

Dr Antje Missbach, ‘Heading down-under: migration challenges of conflict refugees in the Indonesian limbo.’

Dr Paul Oliver, ‘Environmental change, evolution and hidden biodiversity in ancient Gondwanan reptiles.’

Dr Phong Tran, ‘In Vitro optimisation and small animal study of bioactive antimicrobial polymeric materials for soft tissue regeneration.’

Dr Hong Vu, ‘Interactions between cyanide species, bacteria and iron oxide minerals.’

 

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