Faculty academic on Bulletin smart list
20 June 2007
Two University of Sydney academics and a future Federation Fellow have been named in the 2007 Smart 100 list published in today's Bulletin Magazine.
"The 2007 Bulletin - Bayer Smart 100 is made up of an inspirational cast of individuals whose pursuit of excellence is improving our lives," said John Lehmann, Editor-In-Chief of The Bulletin.
Professor John Chalmers, Senior Director of the University's George Institute is nominated as a finalist in the health and medicine category, for his groundbreaking research into high blood pressure and the prevention of stroke and heart attack.
Dr Joel Mackay from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences is a finalist in the science category for his work on the molecular interactions between genes and proteins. His work on the regulation of genes that make the oxygen-carrying haemoglobin molecule in blood has suggested a novel therapeutic approach to hereditary blood disorders.
Winner of the science category, Dr Peter Waterhouse, is currently working at CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra. Dr Waterhouse was announced as a University of Sydney Federation Fellow in the recent round of funding from the Australian Research Council.
Along with his research associate at the CSIRO, Dr Ming-Bo Wang, Dr Waterhouse is credited with conducting the first practical demonstration in plants of RNA interference, a technology that could be used to protect plants and animals against viral infections.
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