La Trobe wins seven Future Fellowships

La Trobe wins seven Future Fellowships

09 Sep 2009

The Federal Minister for innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr announced today that La Trobe University has won seven of the first round of 200 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships.  


Dr Hawkins (center) and her team.

‘I am absolutely thrilled that our strategy of focusing on our key research strengths both in our recent LIMS and Future Fellowship applications has proved successful,’ said Professor Tim Brown, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research.

Professor Brown said La Trobe’s seven Fellows is a stunning achievement given the limited number available.
The successful fellows from La Trobe University are:

  • Dr LR Bennett, Compromised fertility in contemporary Indonesia
  • Dr SM Cutts, Improvement of anthracycline chemotherapy by enhancement of apoptotic responses and tumour targeted activation
  • Dr CJ Hawkins, Apoptotic signalling in virally infected and normal cells
  • Prof Dr B Hellwig, Semantic categories: Exploring the history of the Baining languages of Island Melanesia
  • Dr H Puthalakath, Studies on the regulation of the pro-apoptotic protein Bim in mammalian development and cancer
  • Dr C Smith, Molecular Archaeology: Carbon isotope analysis of amino acids as a means to investigate diets, physiology, metabolism and palaeoenvironment
  • Dr KN Truscott, Mitochondrial proteases and their contribution to protein homeostasis

Professor Brown said a key part of our success was the focus La Trobe has on its key research strengths which are in line with Government research priorities.  Five of the seven La Trobe Fellows are in the two areas designated  as areas of high priority, Molecular Sciences and Studies of the Past.

The Australian Government announced the creation of ARC Future Fellowships, to promote research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia.

“I am convinced that Minister Carr’s foresight in creating the Future Fellows scheme and focusing on key research strengths will be vindicated by results which will leave a rich legacy for Australia long into the future,’ said Professor Brown.

The aim of ARC Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers by providing them with adequate resources to fund their work and research over a four year period.
Many congratulations to the successful applicants.




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