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The Research Office supports all researchers from early career onwards with  applications, ethics, grants, contracts, commercialisation partnerships and publishing.

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MaryAnne Aitken - Director

Executive Director

MaryAnne Aitken

As the Executive Director of the Research Office, I am responsible for leadership and management of the Research Office. My teams include: Strategic Partnerships, Grants, Consulting and Contracts,  Ethics, Bio Safety and Integrity and Research Performance.

Office of Director

Office of the Director

  • Research Office management
  • Special Projects

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Eve Merton - Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships

Eve Merton

  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Research Focus Area Development.

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Deepa Balakrishnan


Deepa Balakrishnan

  • Strategic and Collaborative Bids
  • ARC
  • NHMRC.

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Amanda Smith

Consulting and Contracts

Amanda Smith

  • Consultancy and Research Contracts
  • Processes
  • Policies
  • Tools and Templates.

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Barbara Doherty - Ethics and Integrity

Ethics, Biosafety and Integrity

Barbara Doherty

  • Animal Ethics
  • Biosafety
  • Biosecurity
  • Defence expert control
  • Human Ethics
  • Research Integrity

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Research Performance

Research Performance

Alistair Duncan

  • Research Performance
  • International Rankings
  • ERA
  • Research Master

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La Trobe Animal Research and Teaching Facility

La Trobe Animal Research and Teaching Facility

Christine Findlay

  • Infrastructure and Services
  • Training
  • Compliance
  • Animal Health and Welfare

Contact the La Trobe Animal Research And Teaching Facility Team