About the members of the Executive Committee

About the Executive Committee (EXCOM)

Professor John Shine AC PresAA FRS

President, Australian Academy of Science

Professor John Shine was Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research from 1990 to 2011. He is Professor of Molecular Biology and Professor of Medicine at UNSW Sydney. The ‘father of gene cloning’, Professor Shine was the first to clone human hormone genes and the first to sequence the replication of a cancer-causing virus. These and other pioneering discoveries by Professor Shine helped to launch the biotechnology revolution that has transformed medicine and agriculture. Professor Shine was appointed to the board of the biopharmaceutical company CSL Ltd in 2006 and then as Chair from 2011 to 2018. He received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2010 and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1994.

Professor Malcolm Sambridge FAA

Secretary Physical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Malcolm Sambridge is a geophysicist with interests in geophysical inverse theory, seismology and structure of the Earth’s interior, mathematical and computational algorithms and geo-data science. He has served the Academy as Chair of both the Anton Hales Medal committee and the Sectional Committee for Earth and Planetary Sciences, and as a member of the review committee of the National Committee for Data in Science. He has served on many university and discipline review committees. Professor Sambridge was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.

Professor Helene Marsh FAA FTSE

Secretary Biological Sciences, Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Helene Marsh is a conservation biologist who specialises in tropical marine mammals, especially the dugong. She is a past President of the International Society of Marine Mammalogy. Professor Marsh currently chairs the National Threatened Species Scientific Committee, is the Australian Natural Heritage Expert on the World Heritage Committee and a member of the Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel. Professor Marsh was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.

Professor Elaine Sadler AO FAA

Foreign Secretary, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Elaine Sadler currently holds dual appointments as Professor of Astrophysics at The University of Sydney, and as Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) Chief Scientist at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS). From 2014–18, she was the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), and she has previously served as President of Division VIII (Galaxies and the Universe) of the International Astronomical Union (2009–12), and as Chair of the National Committee for Astronomy (2010–2012). Professor Sadler was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010 for her world-leading research in astrophysics and galaxy evolution.

Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AC FAA FTSE

Secretary Science Policy, Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb was Chief Scientist for Australia (2011–2016). Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for higher education, serving as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (2001–2011), Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University (1995–2000), Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Monash University (1993–1995), and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong and Honorary Professor of Biology (1986–1990). Professor Chubb was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2017 for his science advocacy.

Emeritus Professor Hans Bachor AM FAA

Secretary Education and Public Awareness, Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Hans Bachor is a pioneer in the field of quantum optics and technology. He was founding Director of the inaugural ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Atom-Optics and Federation Fellow at the Australian National University. He has fostered many international collaborations and trained and mentored a significant number of research leaders in his field, who are now active in Australia and Europe. He holds the position of Mind in Residence at Questacon and is actively involved in national teachers’ professional development programs. Professor Bachor was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2014.

Professor Marilyn Anderson AO FAA FTSE

Treasurer, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Marilyn Anderson is a Professor of Biochemistry at La Trobe University and Chief Science Officer and Director of Hexima, a biotechnology company she founded with Professor Adrienne Clarke in 1998. Professor Anderson completed her BSc (Honours) at The University of Melbourne and a PhD in biochemistry at La Trobe University in 1976. She has 40 years’ experience in research, the last 20 of which have focused on peptides and proteins produced by plants for protection against insect pests and fungal pathogens. Professor Anderson was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2011.

Professor Suzanne O’Reilly AM FAA

Diversity and Inclusion Spokesperson (Co-opted Member), Australian Academy of Science

Professor Suzanne O'Reilly is an international leader in studies of the properties and evolution of the lithosphere. She is Distinguished Professor of Geology at Macquarie University and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS). Starting her career as a geologist/geochemist with a PhD from the University of Sydney, she became driven to map the nature and distribution of the deep rocks hidden beneath our feet in the vast space of inner Earth. The Decadal Plan for Geoscience was produced under her guidance and she is currently participating in the Women in STEM online initiative. Professor O'Reilly was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2002.

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