About the members of Council

About Council

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 AO 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 Lyn Beazley AO FAA FTSE

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Lyn Beazley is a distinguished neuroscientist and 2015 West Australian of the Year who has made a major contribution to the promotion and direction of science in Australia. As Chief Scientist for Western Australia (the first female to hold such a state role nationally) she championed gender diversity and science in the classroom through programs such as Microscopes in Schools, in addition to shaping science policy. Lyn is also well known for promoting science and technology in the media and she played a key role in bringing the internationally successful FameLab science communication competition to Australia. Professor Beazley was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019.

Professor Bob Graham AO FAA FRS

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Robert M. Graham, AO, received his medical training and doctoral degree from the University of New South Wales, where he is the Des Renford Professor of Medicine. After 17 years in the US, he returned to Australia as the inaugural Executive Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) from 1994 to 2020. He continues there as head of the Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics Division, as well as maintaining an active practice as a consultant physician in cardiorenal diseases. A Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and Foreign Member, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, his research is reported in over 290 peer-reviewed papers. He is a Fellow, American Heart Association; Life Member, Heart Foundation of Australia (NSW Division) and Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Fellow, National Heart Foundation of Australia, and Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation. Professor Graham was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2002.

Dr John Kirkegaard FAA

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Dr John Kirkegaard is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture and Food, based in Canberra and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and Charles Sturt University. His career has focussed on understanding soil-plant interactions to improve the productivity, resource-use efficiency and sustainability of food production systems. He has led numerous national research programs, is a regular invitee to international forums and advisory committees on agriculture and food security, and was Visiting Professor at Crop Science Department, University of Copenhagen in 2012 and 2019. His team was awarded the Eureka Prize in sustainable agriculture in 2014 for research to improve the water-use efficiency of Australian agriculture. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016, was recipient of the Farrer Medal for distinguished contribution to agriculture in 2017, and is an ISI Web of Knowledge Highly Cited Researcher for Agricultural Sciences in 2018 and 2019.

Professor Ivan Marusic FAA

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Ivan Marusic is an internationally leading figure in the field of fluid mechanics who has made fundamental and seminal contributions across a number of areas, most notably in advancing our understanding of wall-bounded turbulent flows. His research has resulted in the discovery of “superstructures” and uncovering the key role these large-scale motions play in wall turbulence. This in turn has led to new predictive tools based on physical modelling concepts. His research has also pioneered the development of novel analysis tools, experimental methods and instrumentation, which have produced unique datasets vital for our understanding of turbulent flows. Professor Marusic was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2014.

Professor Paul Mulvaney FAA

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Paul Mulvaney is currently Laureate Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. He served as Chair of the RACI Colloid Chemistry Division from 2009-2011 and is a founding member of ACIS, the Australasian Colloid and Interface Society (2013). From 2014-2016 he chaired the National Committee for Chemistry under the Australian Academy of Science and led the group that created the first Decadal Plan for Chemistry. He has published more than 330 scientific articles which has involved a lot of fun with over 150 collaborators. His research focusses on light driven chemistry and nanoscale phenomena. His current role is Director of the new, 7-year ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. This Centre is looking for new materials that can help Australia transition to a sustainable energy future. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciencein 2009.

Professor Suzanne O’Reilly AM FAA

Council Observer, 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.

Professor Colin Raston AO FAA

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Colin Raston is a Professor in Clean Technology at Flinders University where he is a Research Leader in the Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He is recognised for seminal contributions to inorganic, organometallic and supramolecular chemistry, and nanoscience, nanotechnology and flow chemistry. This culminated in the development of the vortex fluidic device as a high shear thin film microfluidic platform with diverse applications in chemical synthesis, materials processing and controlling self-assembly processes. It incorporates green chemistry which is an area Professor Raston led the debate and research in Australia in the late 90s. Professor Raston was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2018.

Professor Louise Ryan FAA

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Louise Ryan is an internationally recognized statistician with an outstanding ability to balance deep engagement in applications with fundamental methodological development. She is also well known for her leadership ability and passion for developing young scientists. After 25 years as a faculty member at Harvard University, she returned to Australia in 2009 as Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics. Ryan’s contributions to public health research have been recognized through prestigious awards and election to the US Institute of Medicine. She has also made important methodological contributions in survival analysis and the analysis of correlated and multivariate data. Professor Ryan was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2012.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla FAA FTSE

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’ at the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, where she is Founding Director. Professor Veena is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production. In 2018, Veena launched the world's first e-waste MICROfactorieTM and in 2019 she launched her plastics and Green Ceramics MICROfactoriesTM, a recycling technology breakthrough. Veena is the director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘microrecycling’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Professor Veena has also been appointed hub leader of the national NESP Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub. In 2021, Professor Veena featured in the ABC’s Australian Story. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2018.

Professor Jonathan Sprent FAA FRS

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Jonathan Sprent is a cellular immunologist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. He has worked on various aspects of T cell biology, including thymic selection, immune memory and homeostasis, transplantation immunity and cancer immunotherapy. While in the USA, he was President of the American Association of Immunologists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society UK, Member of the National Academy of Sciences USA, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2006.

Professor Bob Williamson AO FAA FRS

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Williamson is distinguished internationally for his significant and fundamental contributions to human genetics. His early studies and polysomes helped to establish the existence of mRNA in mammalian cells. He led research into the molecular genetics of the thalassaemias and was the first to clone the human globin genes as cDNAs in 1977. This led to gene mapping for thalassaemias, muscular dystrophies and cystic fibrosis as well as identifying the mutations causing Alzheimer's disease and myotonic dystrophy. He has taken a major interest in gene therapy, using liposomes to introduce genes for CFTR in a clinical trial with cystic fibrosis patients in London and studies of gene therapy for ataxia and thalassaemia in Melbourne. He has a major interest in education and ethics as applied to human genetics. He has recently been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society. Professor Williamson was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2001.

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