Professor Edwina Cornish AO
Method of Appointment
Appointed 10 July 2017 to 31 December 2019 (inclusive)
Re-appointed 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 (inclusive)
- Human Resources Committee
B.Sc (Hons) Biochemistry, PhD - the University of Melbourne
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
Centenary Medal for Service to Biotechnology and University Administration
Professor Cornish’s previous roles include Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University. Amongst her many appointments, she is currently a Director of the CSIRO Board and Member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Council.
Professor Cornish played a key role in building one of Australia’s first biotechnology companies, Florigene Limited, which developed and successfully commercialised the world’s first genetically modified flowers. In 2014 she was made an officer of the Order of Australia, in part for her advances in biotechnology and horticultural genetic modification.