Career track fellowships announced

Friday 10 August 2018

Four researchers from Mater Research have been selected as Career Track Fellows for 2018. 

The four Career Track Fellows, Dr Linda Gallo, Dr Mitchell Sullivan, Dr Cameron Snell and Dr Sandra Richardson, will receive additional mentoring, leadership training and support to help them fast-track their progress to fully independent researchers. This scheme has been very successful in the past, with the very first Career Track Fellow awarded in 2015 to Dr Sumaira Husnain, who is now a Mater Research group leader. 
Associate Professor Allison Pettit said the new appointments were well deserved.

“These appointments recognise that these researchers are emerging as independent researchers and is designed to enhance their leadership capabilities and help progress them to full independence. Please join with me in congratulating them on their appointments,” said Associate Professor Allison Pettit

The 2018 recipients are:

Dr Linda Gallo, Senior Research Officer in the Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Renal Group; supervised by Professor John Prins and Professor Karen Moritz. Dr Gallo’s recent research has focused on metabolic, cardiovascular and kidney health.

Dr Mitchell Sullivan, Research Fellow in the Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Renal Group; supervised by Professor Josephine Forbes. Dr Sullivan has a keen interest in the role of the blood-sugar storage molecule glycogen and the role this molecule plays in diseases such as diabetes, Lafora disease, and Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease.

Dr Cameron Snell is an Anatomical Pathologist in Mater Pathology, supervised by Dr Rohan Lourie. Dr Snell is a Betty McGrath Fellow, his research interests are in developing novel clinical tests that can predict responses to targeted therapies in cancer.

Dr Sandra Richardson is a Senior Research Officer in the Genome Plasticity and Disease Group; supervised by Professor Geoff Faulkner. Dr Richardson’s research interests are in understanding how mobile DNA mutations that occur in germ cells and early embryos impact development and fertility, particularly as females age.

These positions are awarded for a two year period.