J G Russell Award


Applications are not sought for this award. Awardees are chosen from the recipients of the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards.


The J G Russell Award is aimed at financially helping talented younger researchers in the basic sciences as a token of the community’s regard for them. It recognises the costs involved in experimental research, and can be used towards the costs of equipment, maintenance, and travel.

Applications are not sought for this award. Awardees are chosen from the recipients of the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards.

These top-up funding awards are valued at $7,000 each and are supported by the generosity of the late Miss J Russell.

For more information contact awards@science.org.au.



  • Dr Giulia Ghedini: towards their DECRA aimed at resolving how entire ecological communities respond to global warming and identify the mechanisms that drive these responses.
  • Dr Yu Heng Lau: towards their DECRA investigating bio-compartmentalised chemistry to control selectivity with bacterial encapsulins.
  • Dr Tatiana Soares da Costa: towards their DECRA identifying novel and smarter herbicide development strategies for effective weed management to sustain our fauna, flora and agricultural industry
  • Dr Qi Wu: towards their DECRA to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) agent that communicates with humans on the basis of visual input, and can complete a sequence of actions in environments by combining computer vision (CV), natural language processing (NLP) and reinforcement learning (RL).


  • Dr Lara Malins: to develop a new synthetic approach to valuable amino acid derivatives and their rapid incorporation into peptide analogues, including promising new antibiotic candidates
  • Dr Tara Clark: to determine the timing and associated drivers behind dramatic changes in coral communities on reef flat environments since European settlement.
  • Dr Jussi Lehtonen: to reconcile and unify alternative methods in social evolution theory.
  • Dr Nengkun Yu: to develop fundamental technology for analysing the big data that arises from quantum physics.


  • Dr Nicole Rijs: to develop ion-mobility mass spectrometry methods to observe the molecular evolution of model self-assembly reactions with high temporal and structural resolution, and interrogate the intrinsic gas phase functionality of the assemblies themselves, including aggregation, inclusion and disassembly behaviours. 
  • Dr Pengyi Yang: to map and model ‘trans-omic’ networks that cut through omic layers using machine learning and multi-omic data integration.
  • Dr Tong Wang: to understand the molecular mechanisms of neuronal communication and how neurons modify their synaptic strength.
  • Dr Brett Hallam: to understand hydrogen passivation mechanisms in silicon solar cells.


  • Dr Kristine Crous: to investigate how, and how much, rainforest tree species will adjust to warmer temperatures.
  • Dr Guohua Jia: to develop innovative colloidal nanocrystal heterostructures to provide the basis for eco-friendly optoelectronic devices and photocatalysis as well as other advanced applications.
  • Dr Jean-Baptiste Raina: to unravel microbiological processes in the ocean to help quantify the ecosystem services carried out by microbes that support our economy and environment.


  • Dr Andrea Giuliani: to study melt inclusions to provide new understanding of the constraints on melting processes and recycling of crustal material in the deep mantle.
  • Dr Sean Hodgman: to develop a quantum simulator using ultracold helium atoms in an optical lattice.
  • Dr Sasha Tetu: to design and validate novel, rapid environmental stress assays, based on gene expression profiling.

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