Our theme leaders encourage shared research, facilitate unusual collaborations and promote common research goals. Learn more about our team and our research model.
Dr Josephine Gwynn is an early career researcher, and has consistently been successful in receiving research funding over her research career, including while undertaking her PhD. She has mentored a number of Aboriginal project officers to complete their diplomas and degrees as well as attain leadership positions in their communities and in both state and national arenas.
Professor Jean Yang is an applied statistician with expertise in statistical bioinformatics. She was awarded the 2015 Moran Medal in statistics from the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of her work on developing methods for molecular data arising in cutting edge biomedical research.
Recently, much of Professor Yang's focus is on integration of multiple biotechnologies with clinical data to answer a variety of scientific questions. This includes developiong various approches and methodolgies in statistical machine learning and network analysis.
Professor David Raubenheimer joined the University in April 2013 as the Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Nutritional Ecology. He is a leading expert in nutritional ecology: the discipline that studies how nutrition-related aspects of an animal’s environment interact with its biology to determine health and fitness. His studies of insects, fish, birds and a variety of mammals have helped develop a new approach to human nutrition-related problems, such as the dietary causes of obesity.
Adrian Bauman is internationally renowned for his work on the epidemiology of physical activity. In recent years, he has shown how reducing sitting could help prevent the development of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is also Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration in the University’s School of Public Health.
The Charles Perkins Centre has the exciting potential to bring researchers from different disciplines together to tackle the challenging public health problems of physical inactivity and obesity. This is urgent and important as we can’t solve these complex problems from the health sector alone.
Paul Griffiths is also the domain leader for Society and environment. As the theme leader for Politics, governance and ethics, Paul leads project nodes in considering the ethical and political dimension of decisions made about the prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Peter Cistulli is the ResMed Chair in Sleep Medicine. He is leading the University's research, clinical, and educational activities in advancing the field of sleep-disordered breathing and its impact on chronic disease management. Chronic diseases, such as chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and diabetes, are the leading causes of mortality in the world. There is growing evidence that sleep-disordered breathing and other disruptors of sleep play an exacerbating role in many of these chronic disorders, and that intervention improves outcomes.
Professor Cistulli has been an active researcher clinician in respiratory and sleep medicine for 25 years, and has worked at the University as Professor of Respiratory Medicine for the last 10 years. He heads the Centre for Sleep Health and Research at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.
Professor Philip de Chazal is the ResMed Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is also the Sleep theme leader. Professor de Chazal leads the University's research and educational activities in biomedical engineering, working across the Charles Perkins Centre and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.