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Sydney Society of Fellows

The Sydney Society of Fellows was the first of its kind in Australia
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The society epitomises our commitment to research and scholarship of the highest calibre.

University of Sydney Fellowships aim to attract outstanding early-career researchers who contribute to and enhance our research strengths and culture.

We recruit 10 new fellows every year who are selected internationally, on the basis of merit and potential.

Recipients of University of Sydney fellowships receive a full salary and a significant research allowance for the first three years, and become lifetime members of the Sydney Society of Fellows.

Fellows are affiliated with a faculty and a centre relevant to their expertise.

Applying for a fellowship

Applications are encouraged from any discipline, faculty or research area.

A particular objective of the 2017 round is to attract talented recent doctoral graduates who can contribute to our whole-of-University multidisciplinary initiatives. They include:

  • Charles Perkins Centre
  • Brain and Mind Centre
  • Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • China Studies Centre
  • Sydney Southeast Asia Centre
  • Cancer Research Network
  • Sydney Environment Institute
  • Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosafety
  • Sydney Centre for Translational Data Science.

Society of Fellows events

On August 23 2016 the Society had the pleasure of hosting Professor Eva Jablonka, who talked about her work on epigenetics, summarized in ‘Evolution in Four Dimensions’. 

Sydney Society of Fellows

Dr Xianghai An

School of Aerospace, Mechatronic and Mechanical Engineering
Fellowship Year: 2014

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Dr Alyson Ashe

School of Life and Environmental Science
Fellowship Year: 2014
Research Interests: I study epigenetic regulation of gene expression– the interplay between the environment that an organism encounters during its lifetime, and the expression patterns of its genes. Importantly, these environmental signals can sometimes get passed between generations (Darwin was wrong!), and I am trying to understand how this occurs.
Biography/About Me: I completed my undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Sydney, and my PhD at the University of Sydney and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research when the lab moved. After a couple of years in Brisbane I moved over to Cambridge, UK, where I spent four years as a postdoctoral research fellow.

During my PhD I developed my fascination with the area of epigenetics – I kept up this interest but broadened my horizons by learning all about a new model organism (the nematode worm C. elegans) and the world of RNA molecules during my postdoctoral work.

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Dr Karina Aveyard

Media and Communications
Fellowship Year: 2015
+61 2 9351 3284

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Dr Thomas Bourguignon

School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Fellowship Year: 2015
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Dr Theerthankar Das

Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Sydney Medical School 
Fellowship Year: 2015

Dr Ros Gloag

School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Fellowship Year: 2014
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Dr Catherine Ingram

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Fellowship Year: 2014 
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Dr Wendy Imlach

Fellowship Year: 2013

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Dr Jennifer Kent

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Fellowship Year: 2015
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Dr Julie Leask

School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
Fellowship Year: 2012
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Dr Haitao Li

Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship Year: 2014

Research Interests:

  • Structure and surface properties’ influences on photocatalytic performance of the materials.
  • The preparation of carbon- or silicon-based device and their applications.

Dr Haitao Li joined the Laboratory for Catalysis Engineering Lab in 2016 as a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He is interested in the nanomaterial design and synthesis for sustainable energy applications. 

Dr Maïa Ponsonnet

School of Literature, Arts and Media, Linguistics Department
Fellowship Year: 2016
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Dr Nic Scott

School of Physics/Sydney Institute for Astronomy
Fellowship Year: 2015
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Dr Marco Tomamichel

Faculty of Science, School of Physics
Fellowship Year: 2014

Research Interests:
My research is in quantum information theory and cryptography, with a focus on theoretical questions that arise when the size of the available quantum devices is limited. 

Biography/About Me:
I received a Master of Science degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at ETH Zurich, and a doctorate in Theoretical Physics also from ETH Zurich. Since then I have worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore.

In 2016 I received an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship to work on Information Processing with Small Quantum Computers. I remain in the School of Physics for the duration of my DECRA Fellowship.

Dr Chris F Wright

Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney Business School
Fellowship Year: 2014
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Dr Pengyi Yang

Faculty of Science, School of Mathematics and Statistics
Fellowship Year: 2015

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Past Fellows

Dr John Gillam

Faculty of Health Science
Fellowship Year: 2013

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Dr Adam JL Cook

Faculty of Medicine – Central Clinical School, Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology
Fellowship Year: 2013
Current Position: Toxicologist, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Department of Health

I completed a Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) at the University of Sydney in 2002 and subsequently a PhD under the supervision of Dr Christopher Jolly at the Centenary Institute (Sydney) where I investigated the role of DNA repair proteins in antibody gene class switching and mutation in B lymphocytes. A recipient of La Ligue Contre le Cancer (French Cancer Council) and NHMRC CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellowships, I joined the lab of Dr Geneviève Almouzni at the Institut Curie in Paris in where I turned my attention to the regulation of chromatin dynamics in maintaining genome function and stability. I returned to Australia in 2011 and joined the lab of Prof. David Tremethick at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University (Canberra), to complete a second postdoc. In 2012 I was awarded a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which allowed me to return to the University and Centenary Institute in 2013 to continue my research within the Immune Imaging Laboratory (lab of Prof. Wolfgang Weninger). In 2016 I chose to undertake a new career direction within the Australian Public Service to work in regulatory toxicology at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Dr Mohammad Choucair

School of Chemistry
Fellowship Year: 2013
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