About us

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

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Research Policies and Procedures

Research Performance

Executive Director

Alistair Duncan

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

Office of the Executive Director

  • Research Office management
  • Special Projects

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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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Ethics, Biosafety and Integrity

Dr Heidi Gaulke

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

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Research Impact

Dr Wade Kelly

Dr Wade Kelly

  • Developing Research Impact at La Trobe
  • Engagement and Impact enquiries

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Research Performance

Deepa Balakrishnan

Deepa Balakrishnan 2018

  • Research Performance
  • International Rankings
  • ERA
  • Research Master

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