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 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.

Professor David Day FAA

Secretary Science Policy, Australian Academy of Science

Professor David Day is Professor of Plant Biology at Flinders University in South Australia, and a chief investigator in the ARC Research Hub 'Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture'. He has held several senior managerial positions at the Australian National University (Head of School), University of Western Australia (Chair of Biochemistry), the University of Sydney (Executive Dean of Sciences), and Flinders University (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Research). Professor Day was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2013 for his research into plant mitochondria and symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

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.

Emeritus Professor Michael Barber AO FAA FTSE

Treasurer, Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Michael Barber is a former Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University and a former senior executive in CSIRO with a long involvement in Australian science policy. Since 2016 he has been a member of an expert panel convened by the InterAcademy Partnership to improve science policy advice in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. He is chair of the National Computational Infrastructure, Australia’s peak high-performance computational service and co-chair of the Academy’s study on big data in research, funded by the ARC’s Learned Academy Special Project program. Professor Barber was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1992.

Professor Marilyn Anderson AO FAA FTSE

Member of Council, 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.

Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb AC FAA FTSE

Member of Council, 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.

Professor Wendy Hoy AO FAA

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Wendy Hoy is recognised internationally for her research in chronic disease in high risk populations and for service to medical research in the field of chronic disease, through her promotion of health service reform and advocacy for Indigenous health in Australia and the USA. Professor Hoy directs the Centre for Chronic Disease at the University of Queensland, NHMRC CKD Centre for Research Excellence, and the CKD.QLD Collaborative. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015 and is the Academy’s representative in the global alliance of the Health in All Policies program.

Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop AO FAA

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop is Professor of Physics in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. She is a Director of Quantum Science Laboratory and was previously the Head of School of Mathematics and Physics. She also leads a program in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems. Professor Rubinsztein-Dunlop was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 for her achievements in laser physics and nano-optics. She is also a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and of the Optical Society (OSA). 

Professor Frances Separovic AO FAA

Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Frances Separovic is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. She became the first female Professor of Chemistry (2005) and Head of School (2010) at The University of Melbourne. Professor Separovic developed solid-state NMR techniques to determine the structure and dynamics of molecules in biological membranes. Professor Separovic is an IUPAC Distinguished Women of Chemistry/Chemical Engineering (2017), and was inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2018. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2012.

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 Ivan Marusic FAA

Member, 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 Bob Williamson AO FAA FRS

Member, 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.

Professor Carola Vinuesa FAA

Member, Australian Academy of Science

Professor Carola Vinuesa has revealed how our immune system produces high quality, long lasting antibody responses. This has significance for understanding immune responses to pathogens and autoimmune diseases. Her team identified T-follicular helper (TFH) cells as an independent cell subset and demonstrated how failure to limit these cells causes rogue selection of B cells and diseases such as lupus and type-1 diabetes. Carola unearthed cells and molecules that control TFH cells, shedding light on pathways to autoimmunity, and providing a rationale for new approaches to treatment. Professor Vinuesa was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015.

Professor Lyn Beazley AM FAA FTSE

Member, 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 Louise Ryan FAA

Member, 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.

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