Directors of Graduate Research (DGRs) and Graduate Research Coordinators (GRCs)

The role of DGRs and GRCs

The Director of Graduate Research (DGR) is a School level role. The responsibility of the role includes:

  • Conducting approvals on behalf of the Head of School
  • Chairing School scholarship rankings
  • Reviewing and recommendation of examiner's reports
  • Ensuring that progress and hurdles are met
  • Reviewing problems, grievances and initiating show-cause procedures
  • Managing any school level funding schemes for graduate researchers
  • Representing GRCs on key committees
  • Organising school Three Minute Thesis (3MT) heats

The Graduate Research Coordinator (GRC) is a departmental or discipline focused role. The responsibility of the role includes:

  • Being aware of departmental knowledge of HDR policy
  • Providing pastoral care for student cohort
  • Reviewing enquiries and applications
  • Assessing scholarship rankings and recommendations
  • Ensuring milestone meetings take place
  • Ensuring department provides induction and intellectual environment
  • Promoting opportunities such as RED programs and industry internships

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce - DGRs




La Trobe Business School

Gordon Boyce

La Trobe Law School

Emma Henderson

School of Education

Dorothy Smith

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Nicola Stern

School of Humanities and Social Sciences (deputy)


College of Science, Health and Engineering - DGRs




La Trobe Rural Health School

Brett Gordon

School of Allied Health

Jodie McClelland

School of Applied Systems BiologyJanet

School of Cancer Medicine

John Mariadason

School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Marcel Jackson

School of Life Sciences

John Morgan

School of Molecular Sciences

Adam Mechler

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Yvonne Wells

School of Psychology and Public Health

Maarten van den Buuse

Regional Graduate Research Liaison

CampusName Email
Albury-Wodonga CampusDr Jennifer
Mildura and Bendigo CampusDr Evelien
Shepparton CampusDr Lucinda

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce - GRCs





Accounting and Data Analytics

Accounting and Analytics

Balachandran Muniandy

Archaeology and History


Keir Strickland

Archaeology and History


Timothy Minchin

Archaeology and History (Bendigo)


Ruth Ford

Communications and Media


Nasya Bahfen

Creative Arts and English


Juliane Roemhild

Creative Arts and English

Media Arts

Felicity Collins

Creative Arts and English

Theatre and Drama

Kim Baston

Creative Arts and English (Bendigo)Visual ArtsJacqueline

Education (Bundoora)


Donna Starks

Education (Bundoora)


Education (Bendigo)


Margaret Robertson

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing Andrew

Finance and Economics


Jing Zhao

Languages and Linguistics

Classics and Ancient History and Greek Sudies

Rhiannon Evans

Languages and Linguistics

European LanguagesLaura Tolton

Languages and Linguistics

Asian LanguagesYangbin

Languages and Linguistics


Management, Sport and Tourism


Jennifer Laing

Outdoor Education (Bendigo)


Ruth Lawrence

Politics and Philosophy

Philosophy, Gender Studies

Dirk Tomsa

Social Inquiry (Bendigo)


Julie Rudner

Social Inquiry

Social Inquiry, Sociology and Anthropology

Anthony Moran

College of Science, Health and Engineering - GRCs





Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences


Mathew Lewsey

Australian Institute for Primary Care in Ageing


Yvonne Wells

Australian Research Centre for Sex Health and Society


Christopher Fisher

Biochemistry Suresh
BiochemistryDeputy memberRobyn

Bouverie Centre


Peter McKenzie



Evan Robertson

Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) George

Community and Clinical Allied Health

Orthoptics, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Tanya Serry

Community and Clinical Allied Health

Occupational Therapy

Leeanne Carey

Community and Clinical Allied Health

La Trobe Rural Health SchoolNerida

Community and Clinical Allied Health

Social Work and Social Policy

Margarita Frederico

Computer Science and Information Technology


Abdun Mahmood

Dentistry and Oral Health

 Brett Gordon

Ecology, Environment and Evolution

 Susan Hoebee

Ecology, Environment and Evolution




Song Wang

Genetics Adam Hart

Judith Lumley Centre


Touran Shafiei

John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research Tshepo

La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science


Adam Mechler

Mathematics and Statistics


Marcel Jackson

Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre


Ewen Silvester

Nursing (general) Bev Copnell

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre

 Philippe Chouinard

Pharmacy and Applied Science Rod



Narelle Brack

Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology

Physiology and Anatomy

Bert De Groef

Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology


Karla Helbig

Psychology and Counselling

Clinical Neuropsychology

Philippe Chouinard

Psychology and Counselling Lynette

Public Health


George Liu

Public Health (professional doctorates only)


Sally Fawkes

Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport


Maryam Zoghi

Adam Semciw

Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

Podiatry, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Exercise Science

Karl Landorf

Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

Dietetics and Human Nutrition


Rural Nursing and Midwifery


Brett Gordon

School of Cancer Medicine


John Mariadason