Professor Katherine Belov appointed to the new role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement).
The University has appointed Professor Katherine Belov to the new role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement).
Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), with a dotted reporting line to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Belov's new role includes responsibility for managing the development and execution of the University’s global engagement strategy.
She will develop the capacity of academic and professional staff to support international student learning and international research collaborations, and to achieve educational excellence in the international arena. She will also promote the University’s position in the international academic and research community, and identify and enable strategic opportunities for partnership and collaboration in research and education.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to establish key international partnerships which span research and teaching and have a whole-of-university appeal," says Kathy, who is stepping down from her role as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
"I am particularly interested in exploring partnerships that focus on solving global challenges and encouraging engagement with industry and local communities. My passion is developing early and mid-career researchers – and I will be looking for ways to best engage our up-and-coming research stars."
A leading geneticist, Kathy's own research focuses on the immunogenetics and genomics of Australasia’s wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, wallabies, platypuses, koalas, frogs, skinks, cats and bats. She has participated in large international sequencing consortia and was an active participant in the opossum, platypus and tammar wallaby genome projects, during which she identified expansions in novel antimicrobial peptide gene families. Kathy is stepping down from her role as View her academic profile to find out more.
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