Research Fellows

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The research undertaken by Charles Sturt University’s Senior Research Fellows and Research Fellows aligns with many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

2018 Research Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships Awarded June 2018

Over a two year period, these Fellowships represent an investment of up to $3M in our research capacity. The Research Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships are intended to boost research capacity within the University by supporting dedicated research time and providing additional research resources for a number of high-performing individuals.  More information.

Dr Tamara Cumming

Tamara Cumming

Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People, Flourishing Communities

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4 - Quality educationGoal 8 - Decent work and economic growth

Expertise
Early childhood education; early childhood educators; workforce; well-being

Contact
(02) 6388 4365 tcumming@csu.edu.au

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Dr Tamara Cumming

Early childhood educators’ well-being: Local data, international perspectives and multi-disciplinary translations.

Aims:

  • Continue program of research investigating educator well-being holistically.
  • Investigate ways Danish educators use the concept privat, personlig, professionell (private, personal, professional) (Jappe, 2010) to manage emotional demands in their work.
  • Translate findings from Parts 1 and 2 to other human services contexts via collaboration with colleagues in the CSU Workplace Wellbeing Research Unit.

More information:


CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage

Research webpage

Professor Jade Forwood

Jade Forwood

Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3 - Good health and well-being

Expertise
Drug development. Anti-viral. Antibiotic resistance. Cancer drug development

Contact
(02) 6933 2317 jforwood@csu.edu.au

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Professor Jade Forwood

Resilient people through development of molecular therapies

Aims:

  • Pursue a research program in target characterisation and validation for breast cancer therapies using structural, kinetic, biophysical assays and structure-guided mutational analysis.
  • Delineation/validation of virus-host nuclear import receptor interfaces as targets for therapeutic approaches.
  • Develop and test innovative approaches to tackling extensive drug resistance in pathogenic bacteria by co-targeting multiple enzymes of essential pathways.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage
Research webpage

Dr Danielle Ryan

Danielle Ryan

Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 2 - Zero hungerGoal 3 - Good health and well-beingGoal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Expertise
Separation science, chromatography, metabolomics, analytical chemistry

Contact
(02) 6933 3821 dryan@csu.edu.au

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Dr Danielle Ryan

Application of metabolomics to human diseases

Aims:

  • To develop methods for the metabolomic screening of human biological samples from participants with complex diseases specifically Coeliac disease and heart disease to better understand the impact of treatment and monitor patient recovery.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage

Associate Professor Zahid Islam

Associate Professor Zahid Islam

Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Flourishing Communities

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3 - Good health and well-beingGoal 4 - Quality educationGoal 8 - Decent work and economic growthGoal 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructureGoal 11 - Sustainable cities and communitiesGoal 13 - Climate Action

Expertise
Data mining, knowledge discovery, making sense of data, future prediction, data pre-processing, data cleansing, privacy and security, data and knowledge visualisation, decision support systems

Contact
(02) 6388 4214 zislam@csu.edu.au

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Associate Professor Zahid Islam

Resilient communicators

Aims:

  • Increasing his personal and groups’ research output, quality, external funding and impact. He is supporting his colleagues through his current role as the Director of the Data Science Research Unit (Unit) that has five different research groups on Cyber Security, Data Mining, Imaging and Sensing, Machine Vision, and Networking.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage

Research webpage

YouTube Channel

Associate Professor Peter Simmons

Peter Simmons

Research Fellow (2019-2021)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People, Flourishing Communities, Sustainable Environments

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communitiesGoal 12 - Responsible Consumption and ProductionGoal 14 - Life below waterGoal 16 - Peace, Justice and strong InstitutionsGoal 17 - Partnerships for the goals

Expertise
Qualitative social media analysis, justice in communication, policy communication.

Contact
(02) 6338 4521 psimmons@csu.edu.au

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Associate Professor Peter Simmons

Social Media, Policy and Coexistence

Aims:

  • To expand the cases and contexts of use of qualitative social media attitude analysis, and to include cases of human/human conflict (eg road users).
  • To develop more sophisticated approaches to supporting policy makers.
  • To develop insights that help to go beyond description of conflict positions and improve coexistence.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage

Associate Professor Karen Bell

Karen Bell

Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People, Flourishing Communities, Sustainable Environments

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 4 - Quality educationGoal 5 - Gender equalityGoal 10 - Reduced inequalitiesGoal 13 - Climate Action

Expertise
Qualitative research, feminist methodologies, post-conventional approaches, ecosocial perspectives.

Contact
(02) 6933 2179 kbell@csu.edu.au

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Associate Professor Karen Bell

Leading research excellence and community engagement in social work and the human services.

Aims:

  • The overarching aim of the fellowship is to provide dedicated research leadership in the social work and human services discipline. The fellowship is driven by a central research project focusing on international mobility programs – new international partnerships, their sustainability, community engagement and unique educational benefits to students.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage

Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi

Shokoofeh Shamsi

Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Sustainable Environments

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and ProductionGoal 14 - Life below waterGoal 15 - Life on land

Expertise
Veterinary Parasitology, Medical Parasitology, Taxonomy, Diagnosis, Aquatic Animals, Food Safety, Animal Health.

Contact
(02) 6933 4887 sshamsi@csu.edu.au

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Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi

Protecting Australia’s fastest growing primary industry from the spread of harmful parasites

Aims:

    • To identify potentially harmful parasites in aquatic systems;
    • To determine the extent of parasites entering the country, the risk and the main pathways for their spread;
    • To develop advanced diagnostic tools for diagnosis of these parasites;
    • To identify gaps of information to accurately estimate the risks posed by parasites.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage

Research webpage

Associate Professor Lihong Zheng

Lihong Zheng

Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Sustainable environments

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 4 - Quality educationGoal 5 - Gender equalityGoal 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructureGoal 11 - Sustainable cities and communitiesGoal 13 - Climate ActionGoal 15 - Life on land

Expertise
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, Image processing, wireless sensor networks.

Contact
(02) 6933 2387 lzheng@csu.edu.au

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Lihong Zheng

Plant analysis by machine learning and image processing

Aims:

  • To utilise advanced machine learning and image processing techniques for smart agriculture. By detecting diseases of leaves and identifying the weed variety from captured images, the outcomes will assist growers and advisors to make better decisions and reduce their negative impacts on yields.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage

Dr Melanie Massaro

Dr Melanie Massaro

Research Fellow (2019-2021)

CSU research spheres
Sustainable Environments, Flourishing Communities

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communitiesGoal 13 - Climate ActionGoal 14 - Life below waterGoal 15 - Life on land

Expertise
Conservation biology, behavioural and evolutionary ecology

Contact
(02) 6051 9810 mmassaro@csu.edu.au

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Dr Melanie Massaro

Informed conservation management of threatened island birds

Aims:

  • To develop long-term conservation strategies that facilitate an increase in genetic diversity and population growth of currently threatened island birds.
  • To bridge the gap between scientific knowledge gained through research and the application of this knowledge to solve conservation problems and restore ecosystems.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage

Research webpage

Professor Sharynne McLeod

Professor Sharynne McLeod

Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People, Flourishing Communities

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3 - Good health and well-beingGoal 4 - Quality educationGoal 10 - Reduced inequalities

Expertise
Children’s speech acquisition, multilingualism, communication rights, speech-language pathology, early childhood

Contact
(02) 6388 4463 smcleod@csu.edu.au

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Professor Sharynne McLeod

Resilient communicators

Aims:

  • To support researchers, students/postdocs, professionals, children, families and the public to be effective communicators (by speaking, listening, reading, writing) using evidence-based practices to promote equality, resilience and participation.
  • To promote communication as a human right and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs
VietSpeech (ARC Discovery Grant)

CSU webpage

Multilingual Children’s Speech (ARC Future Fellowship)

Dr Andrew Clark

Dr Andrew Clark

Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Sustainable environments

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 8 - Decent work and economic growthGoal 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructureGoal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Expertise
Phenolic chemistry, wine oxidation, metal-mediation oxidative processes, analytical chemistry, electrochemistry.

Contact
(02) 6933 4181 aclark@csu.edu.au

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Dr Andrew Clark

Consolidating the future of wine chemistry research at CSU/NWGIC:
Development of a track record in applied wine aging and stability studies.

Aims:

  • To provide improved understanding of the underlying chemical mechanisms relevant to wine aging, and thereby promote more efficient wine production approaches.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage
Research webpage

Professor Shane Raidal

Professor Shane Raidal

Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Sustainable environments

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3 - Good health and well-beingGoal 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructureGoal 15 - Life on land

Expertise
Veterinary pathology, virology, avian and wildlife diseases.

Contact
(02) 6933 4450  shraidal@csu.edu.au

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Professor Shane Raidal

Innovative Vaccine development

Aims:

    • Development and testing of innovative virus like particle (VLP) vaccine formulations to provide protection against Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD). Vaccines are a major focus of Animal health, contributing also to Agribusiness & agriculture by collaborating with Tréidlia Biovet) as well as Biodiversity and socio-ecological systems by mitigating a key threatening process to endangered birds.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)

CSU webpage

Professor Manoranjan Paul

Professor Manoranjan Paul

Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People, Flourishing Communities, Sustainable environments

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3 - Good health and well-beingGoal 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Expertise
Image Processing, Video coding, Computer Vision, EEG Signal Processing, Digital Health, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence

Contact
(02) 6388 4260 mpaul@csu.edu.au

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Professor Manoranjan Paul

Resilient communicators

Aims:

  • The aim of the fellowship is to develop video/image analytic tools to understand the video content using artificial intelligence as the video has the highest capability to engage with human-being compared with any other media and it consumes more 80% global Internet traffic. The applications of the research in the area of virtual reality, augmented reality, data compression, health, agriculture, security, etc.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
Machine Vision and Digital Health Research Group webpage

CSU webpage

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Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan

Dominic O’Sullivan

Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People, Flourishing Communities

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3 - Good health and well-beingGoal 4 - Quality educationGoal 10 - Reduced inequalitiesGoal 16 - Peace, Justice and strong Institutions

Expertise
Indigenous politics and public policy, human rights, comparative studies in indigenous self-determination, indigenous education and health, public theology.

Contact
(02) 6338 4054  dosullivan@csu.edu.au

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Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan

Comparative Studies in Indigenous Self-Determination

Aims:

  • I will publish a book, several journal articles and book chapters on political theories of self-determination. In 2020 ANU Press will publish my book ‘We Are All Here to Stay’: sovereignty, citizenship and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • I am contributing to public debate through regular radio commentary, occasional television interviews and writing for public audiences through outlets such as the Conversation and Oxford Human Rights Hub.
  • I am helping to add to CSUs research through staff training and mentoring and working with new research groups to develop their research focus and skills.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)
CSU webpage
Linkedin

Professor Oliver Burmeister

Oliver Burmeister

Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020)

CSU research spheres
Resilient People, Flourishing Communities

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3 - Good health and well-beingGoal 10 - Reduced inequalitiesGoal 11 - Sustainable cities and communitiesGoal 17 - Partnerships for the goals

Expertise

Ethical and social impacts of technology; Value Sensitive Design; health information systems; social practices with technology; assistive technology and smart communities to support healthy and active ageing, mental health programs and treatment, and marginalised people groups including Indigenous Australians, LGBTQI+ people, older people, people living in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Bringing together stakeholders to deliver coordinated outcomes, and conduct translational research to bring ethically designed technological solutions to communities.

Contact

(02) 6338 6233  oburmeister@csu.edu.au

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Professor Oliver Burmeister

“Technology is not value neutral, and technologists must take responsibility for the ethical and social impact of their work” (DeepMind).

Aims:

  • Building communities where assistive technology connects people in way which is coherent with their individual values
  • Reducing inequalities and increasing physical and mental health through translational research with different people groups
  • Improving regional and rural Australian communities through smart community technology.

More information:

CSU Research Outputs (CRO)

CSU webpage

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