Professor Edwina Cornish AO​

Method of Appointment

Council appointed

Membership Tenure

Appointed 10 July 2017 to 31 December 2019 (inclusive)
Re-appointed 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 (inclusive)

Current Committees

  • Council:
  • Human Resources Committee

Professional Background/experience

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.