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Liz Klein

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Jennifer Majersk

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Cayelan Carey

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Bradley Carter

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Jolyon Ford

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Donna Hancox

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Mat Hardy

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Paul Mcgreevy

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Helen Nahrung

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Adelle Sefton-Rowston

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Sandra Shefelbine

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Millicent Sullivan

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Iain Suthers

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Antonio Tricoli

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Amanda Ullman

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Andrew Walter

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Tim White

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Hala Zreiqat

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Hayley Channer

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Bridi Rice

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Susan Harris Rimmer

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Misha Zelinsky

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Nathan Eva

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Jonathon Fanning

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Hayman Lui

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Yee-Fui Ng

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Sara Morón Polanco

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Prasanna Sritharan

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Joel Steele

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Clare Stephens

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Kathryn Willis

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Yazan Arouri

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Kamel Awayda

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James Barrett

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Edward Cliff

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Jordan Cory

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Tristram Dodge

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Anastazja Gorecki

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Michael Gvozdenovic

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William Harrington

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Dean Hayden

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Danielle Hill

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John Kuot

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Michael Lucas

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Jamie Maraj

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Sonya Palmer

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Marlon Perera

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Luis Quijano

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Dr Liz Klein Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionOhio State University
Host InstitutionFlinders University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy (Democratic Resilience), Funded by Flinders University
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2021

Liz is an associate professor in the Ohio State University College of Public Health. She is a behavioral epidemiologist dedicated to tobacco control research. Her research centers around how the relationships between people and their environments can be used to find strategies to reduce tobacco use or promote quitting among youth and vulnerable adult populations. Liz has employed biobehavioral methods to better understand how to help current users quit.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Liz will be using eye-tracking technology to study the potential effectiveness of new stop-smoking images and messages designed for pregnant women and those of reproductive age. She hopes these results will help to build stronger messages and campaigns to promote smoking cessation among this vulnerable population, eventually improving the health of both women and their children.

Professor Jennifer Juhl Majersk MD MS Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionUniversity of Utah
Host InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Multiple Disciplines, Funded by The University of Newcastle
DisciplineVascular Neurology and Telemedicine
Award Year2021

Jenny is a vascular neurologist and the Director of the University of Utah Comprehensive Stroke Center and 6-state Telestroke Network. She also manages a clinical trials network across 3 states. To better serve patients with stroke, she is passionate about improving stroke systems of care, particularly patients in rural areas without readily-available specialty services.

For her Fulbright Scholarship, she plans to learn from Australian telemedicine and stroke trials experts how to use existing telestroke networks to enroll rural patients into acute clinical trials. She also hopes to determine which long-term outcomes measures in stroke trials could be feasibly and accurately conducted over telemedicine platforms, to avoid patients needing to travel long distances for follow-up. Last, she hopes to learn how national policy can shape and improve the efficiency of clinical trials overall, with the ultimate goal to shape trial conduction back in the U.S.

Dr Cayelan Carey Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionVirginia Tech
Host InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEcology
Award Year2021

Cayelan is an Associate Professor of freshwater ecosystem science at Virginia Tech, where she leads a research lab that integrates ecology, engineering, and data science to study lake and reservoir water quality.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Cayelan will collaborate with the Aquatic EcoDynamics research group at the University of Western Australia to develop a water quality forecasting system for Australian reservoirs. Her research aims to improve drinking water management in Australia and the U.S. by providing water utilities with probabilistic forecasts of future water conditions, thereby enabling managers to anticipate and preempt impairment. Cayelan’s overarching goal is to create new forecasting tools that will increase freshwater ecosystem resilience and the security of the water supply in the face of increasingly variable environmental conditions.

Professor Bradley Carter Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Southern Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Louisville/NExScI/University of Colorado/University of California, Berkeley
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineAstronomical and Space Sciences
Award Year2021

Brad is Professor of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, and Director of its Centre for Astrophysics in the Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences. His research interests include stellar astronomy and planetary systems as well as astronomical and space instrumentation.

For his Fulbright Future Scholarship, Brad will work with researchers at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute and the University of Louisville on using stellar activity surveys to advance understanding of the activity extremes of our local star, the Sun. In addition, Brad will collaborate with researchers at the University of Colorado on designing novel compact lightweight instrumentation for future space telescopes, and work with scientists at the University of California Berkeley on the translation of astronomical research techniques into improved space-based remote sensing for early panoramic detection of wildfires and bushfires.

Professor Jolyon Ford Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Berkeley
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2021

Jolyon works on the regulation of responsible business and financial activity. Before re-joining the Australian National University law school in mid-2015, he worked in range of sectors including the federal public service, an intergovernmental organisation, academia, civil society, the private sector and a think-tank. He holds law degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Cambridge, and the ANU. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he became an Australian citizen in 2010.

Jolyon will use his Fulbright award to develop sustained research collaboration and networks with scholars and practitioners around the Centre for Responsible Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The focus of this work is comparative Australian-US perspectives on building effective models for regulating how corporations (and financial institutions) show transparently that they are managing the risk that their global supply chains may potentially contribute to patterns of forced labour and human trafficking (‘modern slavery’).

Associate Professor Donna Hancox Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionQueensland University of Technology
Host InstitutionCenter for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineArts and Social Impact
Award Year2021

Donna is part of the School of Creative Practice in the Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. She is an international leader in creative community engagement and arts-led social change projects. Her research focuses on the potential for arts, culture and creativity to foster healthy and resilient communities, and the co-creation of innovative methods for under-represented groups to share their lived experiences and agitate for positive community-led change. Donna has led research projects collaborating with rural and remote communities, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and First Nations peoples. In 2013 Donna was a Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at Bath Spa University and a 2017 Smithsonian Research Fellow at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Donna’s Fulbright Scholarship will explore large scale collaborations between universities, industry and community partners to progress the role of arts and culture in global public health.

Dr Mat Hardy Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionDeakin University
Host InstitutionUniversity at Albany (SUNY)
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplinePolitical Science/Education
Award Year2021

Mat is a Senior Lecturer in Middle East Studies at Deakin University. As a means of building deeper student understanding of a very complex region of the world, Mat makes significant use of online role plays in his teaching.

With the COVID 19 pandemic having generated a seismic shift towards a greater reliance on digitally delivered higher education, Mat will use his Fulbright Scholarship to create pathways for capitalizing on this change. Building on over 10 years’ of his research into online simulations, Mat’s goal during his time in the U.S. is to create networks with other Political Science academics who utilize role plays in their teaching. This collaboration will develop best practice guidelines for designing and assessing these activities, with a specific focus on how to mitigate gender and other inherent biases in online role-plays and simulations.

Dr Paul Mcgreevy Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of New England
Host InstitutionColorado State University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEquine Behaviour and Welfare
Award Year2021

Paul McGreevy is a veterinarian and ethologist. With expertise in learning theory, animal training, animal welfare science, veterinary behavioural medicine and anthrozoology, he is a co-founder and honorary fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science, an academic group that promotes evidence-based equestrian practice to advance horse welfare and rider safety. Paul and his team recently launched Equine Behavior Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ), an ongoing global database of domestic horse behaviour, designed to reveal how horses’ training and management interact with their behaviour. Beyond immediate and direct research outcomes, E-BARQ promises profound benefits to horse owners, riders and trainers.

Paul will use his time at Colorado State University to ensure that US horses and their humans obtain maximal benefit from the EBARQ initiative.

Dr Helen Nahrung Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of the Sunshine Coast
Host InstitutionUSDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEntomology
Award Year2021

Helen is a Senior Research Fellow at USC’s Forest Research Institute, working in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. She holds an Advance Queensland Fellowship on forest insect invasions, is President of the Entomological Society of Queensland, and Deputy Chair of the national Forest Health and Biosecurity Sub-committee of the Australian Forest Products Association. Her research focuses on understanding insect invasion processes towards their prevention and management: invasive insects cause severe economic and environmental impacts globally, moving accidentally via trade and travel.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Helen will work with leading invasion biologist Dr Andrew Liebhold to examine insect establishments and interceptions between Australia and the United States – an unwanted reciprocal exchange. We hope to use our improved bilateral understanding of insect movement between our respective countries to identify strategies to reduce the likelihood of future damaging invasions.

Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionCharles Darwin University
Host InstitutionAuburn University
Award NameFulbright Northern Territory Scholarship Funded by Charles Darwin University, NT Government and Blackboard Pty Ltd
DisciplineLiterature and Creative Writing
Award Year2021

Adelle is a senior lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Charles Darwin University. Her research project is entitled: Ywrite: a prison arts education program for the Northern Territory and aims to measure the emotional and psychological impacts of prison arts education, particularly the well-being and self-efficacy of incarcerated students. The creative and critical analysis of artwork and creative writing from within prison will assist her in better understanding issues related to mass incarceration, and how to impact prison transformation through the arts. Adelle will use her Fulbright scholarship to teach literature and creative writing across fifteen correctional centres in Alabama under the auspice of Kyes Stevens, who is director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University. Her goal is to develop a state of the art prison education program that addresses literacy and voice poverty through an accessible and online rehabilitation program.

Dr Sandra Shefelbine Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionNortheastern University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMechanical Engineering
Award Year2021

Sandra is a professor at Northeastern University with appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering. Her research examines the mechanical properties of bone and the ability of bone to adapt to mechanical loads. She uses lab experiments, computer models, and clinical observation to understand how mechanical forces affect the musculoskeletal system in health and disease.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, she will work with collaborators at University of Melbourne to assess human motion, specifically in athletes, to detect people at risk of developing a muscle injury or altered bone morphology. She will also explore novel methods for measuring the mechanical changes to cartilage in arthritis and understanding cartilage cell sensitivity to mechanical load. Understanding the fundamental basis for musculoskeletal problems, such as bone deformities, muscle injuries, or arthritis may lead to improved diagnosis and treatment.

Professor Millicent Sullivan Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Delaware
Host InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineChemical & Biomolecular Engineering/Biomedical Engineering
Award Year2021

Millie is the Alvin B. and Julie O. Stiles Professor in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Professor in Biomedical Engineering at University of Delaware. Her work has identified new biomaterials that deliver drug and gene therapies with increased efficacy, specificity, and control. She also investigates new synthetic cell design strategies as a principal investigator in the NSF ProteoCell Project, and she serves as Core Director in UD’s new NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE): the Delaware Center for Musculoskeletal Research.

For her Fulbright project, Millie will develop topical biomaterials that improve wound healing by delivering gene therapies. She will combine new strategies to create collagen-binding DNA nanoparticles, developed in her labs at University of Delaware, with new strategies to produce bioactive wound dressings, developed in collaborating labs at University of Melbourne. Combining these two strategies provides a route to create low-cost yet highly active biomaterials, with long-term potential to improve clinical outcomes

Professor Iain Suthers Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionNOAA Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineOceanography
Award Year2021

Iain is a biological oceanographer, examining how the ecology of plankton influences the survival of the early life stages of fish (i.e. their eggs and larvae). He is passionate about the sustainable use of the oceans and of our fisheries, as the oceans warm and the global population surges on past 7.6 billion people.

For his Fulbright, Iain will focus on the century-old problem in fisheries science of trying to forecast the annual supply of young fish to fisheries. He will use a 75-year archive of data obtained from the coastal ocean off southern California, to investigate the synergistic effects of growth and mortality of larval fish. He plans to visit those at the Chesapeake Biological Station (MD) who developed this modern view of larval ecology; and keen to learn how the U.S. has decommissioned oil and gas platforms to enhance fisheries production.

Professor Antonio Tricoli Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEngineering
Award Year2021

Antonio is Professor of Materials Science at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Sydney, where he leads the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding light-matter interactions over multi-scale interfaces for the design of innovative materials and devices with application in Personalized Medicine and Renewable Energy. He is a founding member and co-chair of the inaugural 2017 ANU Grand Challenge strategic research program “Our Health in Our Hands”, which brings together a large multidisciplinary team of scientists from HASS and STEM disciplines aiming at developing transformative technologies to better manage our health. He is author of more than 100 scientific publications, including book chapters and journal articles. He is recipient of the 2010 HILTI Prize for the most innovative PhD thesis of ETH Zurich, the 2012 Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellowship of the Australian National University, a 2015 Westpac Research Fellowships, a 2016 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Award and a 2020 ARC Future Fellowship.

Antonio will spend his Fulbright Scholarship with the group of Prof Jennifer L. M. Rupp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he will explore the use of neuromorphic design principles for the engineering of future miniaturized biomedical diagnostic technologies.

Professor Amanda Ullman Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland/Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Host InstitutionThe University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePaediatric Healthcare
Award Year2021

Amanda is the inaugural Professor and Chair in Paediatric Nursing, conjoint between the University of Queensland and Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. As a paediatric nurse and researcher, Amanda believes that children should be able to receive medical treatment in hospitals, without harm. Her program of research focusses on the most common invasive procedure in healthcare – the insertion of an intravenous (IV) catheter. Amanda spent many years working in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, supporting critically ill children and families at their most vulnerable. Her goal is to prevent IV associated harm, such as infections and blood clots, for critically ill children, globally.

Within her Fulbright program she will work U.S. experts based at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania to develop novel technologies, practices and tools to improve IV practices across all Australian Paediatric Intensive Care Units, and into the wider healthcare community.

Professor Andrew Walter Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Host InstitutionSchool of International Service (SIS), American University
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineInternational Political Economy
Award Year2021

Andrew’s research explores how politics influences the governance of capital flows at national and global levels. He has worked in international banking and previously held tenured academic positions at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Recently, Andrew’s award-winning research has shown how the accumulation of household wealth over the past century has transformed the management and political consequences of financial crises. His current interdisciplinary research project, supported by the Australian Research Council, explores the nature, causes and consequences of the securitisation of foreign investment in politically sensitive sectors, critical infrastructure and data assets.

Andrew will use his time at SIS in Washington, D.C. to investigate foreign investment policy in the United States and to develop research and policy networks that will be invaluable resources for his research team.

Tim White OAM Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionWestern Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California at San Diego
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineMusic Performance
Award Year2021

Tim is Head of Classical Music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, where he also directs the percussion and orchestral programmes. Tim was Principal Percussionist of the WA Symphony Orchestra for 28 years, and is passionate about contemporary percussion performance practice and education – fields which have grown exponentially in size, imagination and creativity in recent years.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Tim will spend three months at the University of California at San Diego. He will collaborate with the leading international scholar/ practitioner Professor Steven Schick and with UCSD’s red fish blue fish percussion ensemble in an exploration of the roles of expressivity, gesture and theatricality in percussion performance. Tim’s goals are to create new percussion repertoire and performance practices, build links between the USA and Australia in the field of music, release a DVD of newly-commissioned works, and present an international percussion festival (co-directed with Schick) in Perth in 2023.

Professor Hala Zreiqat PhD AM FAHMS FIOR FTSE FAA Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiomedical Engineering
Award Year2021

Hala is a professor of biomedical engineering at The University of Sydney and Director of the Australian Research Centre for Innovative BioEngineering. Hala is a trailblazer in the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering. Her team invented new bioceramics implants with outstanding strength and biological properties, and developed innovative technologies for 3D-printing these ceramics enabling personalized approaches to the repair and regeneration of large bone defects under load.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Hala will spend time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer, a globally recognized pioneer, leader and entrepreneur in the biomedical sciences. She will learn strategies for commercialising and translating medical research into life changing products. Learnings will inform the commercialisation of regenerative medicine research in Australia.

Hayley Channer Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionPerth USAsia Centre
Host InstitutionHudson Institute
Award NameFulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/Industry)
DisciplineInternational affairs
Award Year2021

Hayley works for an independent, strategic affairs think tank, the Perth USAsia Centre. She produces analysis on foreign and defence policy in the Indo- Pacific, with a particular focus on U.S. allies and partners. Her career goal is to support the Australian and U.S. governments to develop international policy that furthers our shared aspirations for the region. Hayley has led a diverse career across government, think tanks, and the not-for-profit sector. Previously, she served as a Ministerial adviser and has also worked for the Department of Defence, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and World Vision Australia.

Hayley’s Fulbright Scholarship will allow her to evaluate Australia-U.S. efforts to partner with the private sector to build critical infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific. Her research will lead to actionable recommendations for the Australian and U.S. governments to better engage industry, forge public-private infrastructure partnerships, and support regional development and economic growth.

Bridi Rice Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionAustralian Council for International Development
Host InstitutionCenter for Strategic & International Studies
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership Funded by The Centenary Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarship Foundation
DisciplineInternational Development, International Relations and Non-Profit Leadership
Award Year2021

Bridi is currently a Director at the Australian Council for International Development and Co-Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy and Defence Dialogue.

Bridi will use her Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership to imagine and model foreign policy think tanks of the future. She will spend four months with a variety of Washington based think tanks, civil society organisations and media outlets exploring two questions: How do think tanks influence policy in the modern era? And, what can be kept from the past, and supplemented with dynamic new ideas for the future, such as artificial intelligence, app development, office-less transnational connections, globally diverse board arrangements and collectively influential big data aspirations? As a Fulbright awardee, Bridi aspires to establish new and diverse connections between the international development and foreign policy communities in Australia and the USA and to learn from the rich history of public policy debate in Washington.

Professor Susan Harris Rimmer Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionGriffith University
Host InstitutionGeorgetown University
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies (Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
DisciplineHuman Rights Law and Public Policy
Award Year2021

As the Director of the Griffith University Policy Innovation Hub, Susan opens the front door to government, industry and community knowledge partnerships with academic talent. The Hub provides insights and analysis that help to shape the future of Queensland, Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Susan will use her Fulbright fellowship to explore how the Ambassadors for Gender Equality in the US and Australian foreign ministries can work together in the Indo-Pacific region to broaden and deepen the Alliance. This is especially in the promotion of the UN Security Council Women, Peace and Security agenda, and women’s economic empowerment within forums such as APEC, ASEAN and the G20.

Susan will use her research focus on diplomacy, international human rights law, strategic studies and public policy to build relationships with the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University and the Future of Diplomacy project in the Harvard Kennedy School.

Misha Zelinsky Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionAustralian Workers' Union and Cbus Super
Host InstitutionAlliance for Securing Democracy (German Marshall Fund)/Center for Strategic Budget Assessments
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-U.S. Alliance Studies (AUSMIN Indo-Pacific Scholarship)
DisciplineForeign Policy and National Security
Award Year2021

Misha Zelinsky is the Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest blue-collar trade union. He is a director of Cbus Super, an industry superannuation pension fund with $60 billion under management. Misha is a lawyer, economist and public policy expert with a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics. He is the host of the foreign policy podcast ‘Diplomates – A Geopolitical Chinwag’ and regularly features in Australian print and electronic media. His book ‘The Write Stuff: Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future’ was released in late 2020.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Misha will research the insidious problem of political warfare conducted against democracies by hostile state actors; including political interference, misinformation, bribery, elite capture, coercive economic practices and even physical attacks with non-official military assets. The project will promote steps that allied democracies must take individually and collectively to safeguard their democratic and public institutions from political warfare – and fight back.

Dr Nathan Eva Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMonash Business School
Host InstitutionUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by Monash University
DisciplineManagement
Award Year2021

Nathan works within the Department of Management at the Monash Business School on Boon Wurrung Country. His research changes the conversation with respect to how people lead, challenging profit-first paradigms of leadership through demonstrating credible follower-first leadership approaches that deliver organisational performance combined with inclusive and supportive workplaces. In addition, he examines non-prototypical leadership development showing that all people can engage in leadership that has profound and lasting positive effects on followers, teams, and communities.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Nathan will collaborate with experts at the University of Illinois to analyse the asymmetrical pressures on and contrasting implications for women and men in engaging in follower-first leadership. Expected outcomes include an examination of the counterintuitive phenomenon where leaders sacrifice their own wellbeing and career progression by putting their followers first. The project should provide significant benefits including the organisational changes required to support leaders in developing the next generation.

Dr Jonathon P. Fanning Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionJohns Hopkins University/University of Pennsylvania
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMedicine
Award Year2021

Jonathon is a specialist anaesthetist, intensive care physician and cardiovascular/stroke researcher who is passionate about improving the quality of clinical care for vulnerable patients in operating theatres and intensive care units.

The Fulbright Scholarship will provide access to cutting-edge infrastructure, world-class expertise and rich datasets that will build on his previous research and allow refinement of brain monitoring strategies in unconscious patients. These strategies allow physiological changes to be detected before any injury occurs. The results generated will advance the development of novel non-invasive technology that will help to personalise and guide clinical care, thereby minimising complications and improving outcomes for patients. Jonathon also hopes to use this opportunity in the US to begin a formal and enduring collaborative partnership, which, in conjunction with current collaborators in the UK and Europe, will create a truly international network of leading experts in this field.

Dr Hayman Lui Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionGriffith University/Ipswich Hospital
Host InstitutionCentre for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineOrthopaedic Surgery/Regenerative Medicine
Award Year2021

Hayman is a young doctor and scientist who is passionate about using regenerative medicine to revolutionise the way we tackle long-standing problems in orthopaedic surgery. As part of her doctoral thesis, she was awarded an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2016 and a BioMedTech Horizons Program Grant in 2018 to develop a scaffold for reconstructing a commonly torn wrist ligament using 3D-printing and stem cells.

As a Fulbright Scholar, she will build on this knowledge and work with top researchers and surgeons at Mayo Clinic, a world-leading hospital in translational medicine. She will investigate the use of tissue-engineering approaches to prevent and mitigate the formation of excessive scar tissue, as seen in debilitating diseases such as Dupuytren’s Disease. Hayman will learn more about Mayo Clinic’s healthcare model and aims to use this to guide her future pursuits in establishing a Centre of Excellence for hand surgery to make cutting-edge translational research accessible to more Australians.

Dr Yee-Fui Ng Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionNew York University
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by Monash University
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2021

Yee-Fui is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre of Justice Innovation at Monash University. She researches at the intersection of public law and politics, focussing on executive accountability.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Yee-Fui will undertake research at New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, focussing on the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project. She will investigate successful policies in the United States and identify optimal and rights-protective strategies for regulating automated government decisionmaking in Australia. Her project will contribute significantly to the accountability, efficiency and robustness of automated government decision making, which is integral to Australia’s system of administrative justice.

Dr Sara Morón Polanco Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionCalifornia Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineGeosciences
Award Year2021

Sara is an Earth-Scientist at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on understanding how and why rivers evolve through time and space. Decoding the dynamic evolution of rivers provides fundamental information to mitigate the risk of natural hazards and to sustainably manage water resources.

For her Fulbright program, Sara will work with Prof. Mike Gurnis at Caltech. She will use the Mississippi and Murray-Darling river systems as natural laboratories and cutting-edge software to unravel the controls and interactions that drive the dynamic evolution of river networks, which in turn will help reveal the deep structure and connectivity of ancient river deposits. The outcomes of her research will significantly advance our understanding of river network evolution, improve our management of groundwater resources and help us prepare for future environmental change.

Dr Prasanna Sritharan Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionLa Trobe University
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiomechanical Engineering
Award Year2021

Prasanna is a computational biomechanist and post-doctoral researcher at the La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, specialising in musculoskeletal modelling and the simulation of human movement. He works closely with clinical researchers, exercise physiologists and sports scientists on a diverse range of projects focussed on advancing our understanding of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, by applying cutting-edge in silico techniques.

Prasanna will use his Fulbright Scholarship to spend four months at the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory at Stanford University, where he was a Visiting Scholar in 2019. There, he will undertake an ambitious and challenging collaborative project combining clinical research, musculoskeletal simulation and data science, which aims to improve the prediction of long-term outcomes for young athletes with femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, a painful and debilitating hip condition associated with sports-related overloading of the developing musculoskeletal system that, without intervention, can lead to early-onset osteoarthritis and joint failure.

Joel Steele Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Technology Sydney
Host InstitutionNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineProteomics
Award Year2021

Joel is an expert in the field of proteomics; this field aims to study the proteins of cells to understand functional biology. His PhD focused on how environmental factors could be leading to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He has performed research collaborations across many institutions such as NSW Department of Primary Industries, the University of Sydney, and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).

Joel’s Fulbright Future Scholarship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Caltech) will be aimed at investigating microbes that can survive on cleanroom surfaces and survive interplanetary atmospheric entry. These extreme condition tolerant microbes have unique biology that needs to be understood. This project will bring together several research groups from Australia and the United States, building enduring relationships that will have an impact on the future of space exploration.

Dr Clare Stephens Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionUniversity of Virginia
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineWater Engineering
Award Year2021

Clare is a postdoctoral researcher at the UNSW Water Research Centre. Her work focuses on the implications of climate change for water resources, specifically the complex interactions between landscape processes and climate that impact the hydrologic cycle.

She will use her Fulbright Scholarship to visit a leading ecohydrology group at the University of Virginia and learn how to better apply advanced modelling tools to simulate the Australian environment under change. This project aims to provide new insights into future shifts in vegetation growth, fire regimes and nutrient cycling across Australia’s unique landscapes, focussing on hydrologic impacts at the spatial scales most useful to water managers. Clare’s time at the University of Virginia will allow her to build valuable networks while enhancing her knowledge of important vegetation processes and adaptive strategies.

Kathryn Willis Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Tasmania
Host InstitutionUniversity of Washington
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMarine Socio-ecology
Award Year2021

Kathryn is a marine socio-ecologist who is particularly interested in how communities can establish best practice conservation management strategies in marine systems, and in doing so, maximise their environmental and social impact. Kathryn recently completed a PhD at the University of Tasmania, where she studied how Australian local governments can effectively manage plastic pollution.

For her Fulbright Scholarship, Kathryn will spend 10 months working with Professor Julia Parrish at the University of Washington. Kathryn will compare how effective different waste management strategies are at reducing plastic pollution in both Australia and the United States. Kathryn’s goal is to then apply this knowledge to establish best-practice waste management strategies in communities around the world and reduce the harms of plastic pollution.

Yazan Arouri Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Adelaide
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEnergy Resources
Award Year2021

Yazan is a current PhD candidate at the Australian School of Petroleum and Energy Resources in The University of Adelaide. He is passionate about improving human life through increasing access to affordable and sustainable energy resources. His research area focuses on developing and implementing optimization techniques for the sustainable and economical field development of natural resources, including oil and natural gas. Yazan’s research has garnered interest and enthusiasm from government and industry bodies, culminating in two prestigious scholarships.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Yazan aims at providing the technological innovations needed to shape the future of the Australian resource industry. Yazan will accomplish this by leveraging knowledge obtained through binational collaborations with world-class researchers in the area of field optimization at Stanford University. Yazan also hopes to forge new avenues for collaboration with his home and host institutions.

Kamel Awayda Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of Rochester
Host InstitutionAustralian National University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiology
Award Year2021

Kamel Awayda is a graduate of the University of Rochester’s Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine, having received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. During his time at the University of Rochester, he became interested in RNA. Kamel’s research focuses on the ability of RNA molecules to be modified by the human protein THUMPD1, and the functional impacts of these modifications.

Kamel will work with Dr Thomas Preiss, a renowned expert in RNA biochemistry at the Australian National University, to better understand the significance of THUMPD1 in the modification of small RNAs. As THUMPD1 has been identified as a candidate gene for disease, he hopes to uncover the mechanism by which a loss of function of this protein leads to negative outcomes.

James Barrett Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionHarvard Law School
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineLaw and Justice
Award Year2021

James is dedicated to the pursuit of justice, particularly as it affects young, socio-economically disadvantaged, and Indigenous Australians. James’s formative experiences in the law and social justice have included his time at the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and as an Aurora Native Title Intern. He pursued his passion for legal theory and constitutional law as Senior Associate to Justice Edelman of the High Court of Australia. He also enjoys teaching, which runs in his family, and has taught law at the Australian National University.

As a Fulbright Scholar, James will pursue a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. James believes that insights gained from his diverse, global classmates and teachers at Harvard University will enhance his ability to contribute to law reform and public life in Australia.

Dr Edward Cliff Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Royal Melbourne Hospital
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNutrition and Obesity Policy
Award Year2021

Edward is a medical registrar at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, with a passion for public health policy, particularly in nutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. An aspiring physician scientist, Eddie completed his MBBS (Hons) at Monash University, and his Bachelor of Medical Science with first class honours at the University of Oxford, studying the physiology of neonatal diabetes. He has previously worked on policy locally, nationally and globally, including on the national executive of the Australian Medical Students’ Association and for NCDFREE, an NGO, in areas from mental health to primary care.

Eddie will undertake a Masters of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to hone his technical public health and policy skills. Eddie hopes to combine this knowledge with his experience treating patients, to research and advocate for improved, evidence-based health policy, in order to better prevent and treat obesity, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.

Dr Jordan Cory Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Royal Melbourne Hospital
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health, Minority Health Policy, and Surgery
Award Year2021

Jordan is a surgical doctor committed to ensuring greater health equity within our society, particularly for Indigenous Australians; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. As an Aboriginal woman, Jordan has a broad construct of health with experience in advocacy, policy, and governance in the not-for-profit sector. Beyond her clinical work in metropolitan Melbourne and in remote outreach, she is passionate about the intersection between surgery and public health; ensuring equitable access to emergency and essential surgical services across the globe. Locally, Jordan is completing research with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in order to better define and ameliorate health inequities experienced by Indigenous Australians.

As a Fulbright scholar, Jordan hopes to translate academic research into effective health policy to improve the health outcomes of First Nations and underserved populations.

Tristram Dodge Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionStanford University
Host InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiology
Award Year2021

Tris is currently a biology PhD student at Stanford University. His research focuses on how hybridization impacts the evolution of species. He is particularly interested in using the latest genome sequencing techniques to understand how contemporary populations of plants and animals are adapting to human-driven environmental change. During his time in Sydney, Tris plans to explore hybridization as a strategy to introduce ancestral immune-gene diversity into endangered species.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Tris is excited to work with some of University of Sydney’s leading conservation researchers. His goal is to learn and apply new genomic techniques to help conserve biodiversity in Australia and beyond.

Anastazja Gorecki Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia/Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science
Host InstitutionJohns Hopkins University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNeuroscience
Award Year2021

Anastazja is a PhD candidate investigating how an altered gut environment may trigger Parkinson’s disease. She has a keen interest in the role that gut health and nutrition have in disease prevention, wellbeing and longevity. As a Fulbright Scholar, Anastazja will visit Assistant Professor Subhash Kulkarni and his team at Johns Hopkins University, experts on the gut and enteric nervous system, and will translate the skills she learns there to her research in Parkinson’s disease.

In the future, Anastazja hopes to utilise such research to shape individual attitudes and facilitate evidencebased health policy changes, and the knowledge, experience and new collaborations that she will gain through the Fulbright Scholarship will be an immense help as she moves towards these goals.

Michael John Gvozdenovic Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineCompetition and Antitrust Law
Award Year2021

Michael is a lawyer with a particular interest in competition and antitrust law. These laws are designed to maintain Australia’s competitive markets and improve Australia’s welfare. After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Economics from The University of Sydney, Michael worked as an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia and in various research positions. He is presently an Associate at an international law firm and a Sessional Academic at Sydney Law School. He has also published various articles, including a forthcoming two-volume edited collection on current issues in competition law.

Michael will use his Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master of Laws at Columbia Law School. He hopes that by understanding how the U.S. regulates, enforces, and adapts to developments in antitrust law, including specifically in relation to digital platforms (such as Google and Facebook), he can better contribute to this burgeoning area in Australia.

William Harrington Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionWi-Sky QLD/James Cook University
Host InstitutionThe Ohio State University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineCommunications Tech and Policy
Award Year2021

William Harrington is a Food Agility PhD at James Cook University, and CEO of Wi-Sky Queensland, a business he founded to help solve connectivity problems in the bush.

William plans to travel to Ohio State University to learn more about cutting-edge technologies that bring better internet to the regions. His goal is to apply this knowledge to his own research with the aim of reducing the digital divide between rural and urban areas in Australia and other countries such as the U.S. and Canada, and to provide tools to help guide telecommunications and social policy.

Dr Dean Hayden Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2021

Dean is a resident doctor with a passion for neonatal, child and adolescent public health. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) and a Diploma of Liberal Arts from Monash University, as well as a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) undertaken at the University of Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Over the past several years Dean has conducted research on the ethics of newborn resuscitation, specifically focusing on the question of how clinicians in resource-poor settings should triage and treat extremely preterm infants. Working with colleagues in the Philippines and the UK, Dean’s research has been incorporated into the development of the first National Consensus Guidelines on the resuscitation of preterm infants in the Philippines – the first guideline of its kind in any low or middle-income country.

As a Fulbright scholar, Dean will study a Master of Public Health at Harvard University, with the aim of further developing his public health and research skills. Upon finishing, Dean will return to Australia and focus his career on enacting systemic change to reduce healthcare inequities and improve outcomes for young and newborn Australians.

Danielle Hill Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian Rivers Institute, Griffith University
Host InstitutionThe Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEcotoxicology
Award Year2021

Danielle is passionate about improving our knowledge of the effects of pollution on aquatic organisms and ecosystems. Understanding the effects of waste from traditional (coal) and alternative (nuclear) power generation is essential to make sure water quality guidelines are suitable for all aquatic life. Danielle’s PhD focusses specifically on amphibians and aquatic insects that go through metamorphosis and may be particularly vulnerable to these contaminants.

In collaboration with researchers at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Danielle will investigate the effects of contaminants on frogs and insects in a field case study. The Savannah River Site provides a unique opportunity to study contamination from multiple sources and will help address critical knowledge gaps in our understanding of the effects these have on an organism throughout their life cycle. This research will help inform remediation practices and water quality guidelines in the United States and Australia to ensure our aquatic ecosystems thrive.

Dr Bethany Holt Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineGlobal Health
Award Year2021

Beth is a doctor who wants to contribute to health equity in Australia and the Asia Pacific by strengthening primary health care systems and improving the social determinants of health. Having graduated with the University Medal in Medicine, she continues to practice clinically in emergency departments across Australia whilst pursuing a public health career. Beth is currently working in philanthropic strategy at the Paul Ramsay Foundation, an organisation with a mission to break cycles of disadvantage and previously worked in public, healthcare and social sector strategy with McKinsey & Co. Her global health experience includes disaster program management with the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, research on health systems and childhood malnutrition in the Solomon Islands, and primary care delivery and health workforce capability building in Timor-Leste.

Beth will undertake an accelerated Masters of Public Health at Harvard, specialising in global health systems. She plans to use the valuable experiences and networks to make a difference to the health of the most vulnerable groups in our community.

John Kuot Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionDepartment of Family Fairness and Housing (Homes Victoria)
Host InstitutionColumbia School of International & Public Affairs
Award NameFulbright Victoria Scholarship/Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy Funded by the Department of Education, Skills & Employment
DisciplineEconomic Policy Management
Award Year2021

John is the Principal Project Engagement Advisor for Homes Victoria and is responsible for leading the Engagement Strategy across the Homes Victoria $5.3 Billion Public and Social Housing development. He also recently finished the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP), a 9-month long program run by Leadership Victoria. John is a former refugee to Australia, co-founder of the youth-led charity organisation South Sudanese Australia Youth United (SSAYU).

As a Fulbright Scholar, John will study MPA in Economic Policy Management at Columbia School of International Affairs (SIPA). The program provides leading policymakers and professionals with the skills to effectively design and implement economic policy in market economies, emphasising the economic problems of developing countries. John hopes to apply this learning to understand the intersectionality of social and economic policy, which will help shape the future of Australian humanitarian policy. John hopes to improve humanitarian migration policy and the economic empowerment of multicultural communities through policy upon his return to Australia.

Michael Lucas Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionGriffith University/University of Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Arizona
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineIndigenous Studies
Award Year2021

Michael is an anthropologist and engineer whose interests and passions has led to his work in remote areas of the Northern Territory and north-west Queensland on Indigenous development projects, including sacred site protection, land use agreements and traditional knowledge intellectual property protection. Michael completed his engineering and anthropology studies at the University of Queensland, where he also served as the President of the Student Union. Michael also completed a Master of Global Development at Griffith University in 2020.

Michael will use his Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a PhD in American Indian Studies focussing on comparative Indigenous social and economic policy. His work will involve researching natural resources agreements within Australia and the United States and designing best practice guidelines on what has worked for First Nations people – what will close the gap, yield true reconciliation, and make a lasting difference to their lives culturally and economically.

Beth Madsen Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionAlaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Anchorage
Award NameFulbright Queensland Scholarship
DisciplineEducation
Award Year2021

Beth is a Murri PhD Candidate from the University of Queensland. She is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education outcomes, and her current research is looking at funding as a form of policy enactment. After teaching in both rural and urban classrooms, Beth is also interested early career teacher training, and enjoys working with the pre-service teacher cohorts at UQ.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Beth will travel to Alaska to research their education policies, practices and outcomes for their First Alaskan peoples. She hopes to also learn how Alaskan Higher Education institutions ‘infuse’ their courses with First Alaskan knowledges, in order to better understand how this could be done in an Australian context with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges.

Dr Jamie Maraj Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2021

Jamie is a dentist who received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Western Australia in 2020. Throughout his time in dental school, Jamie gained a unique insight into how dental care can relieve chronic pain, restore self-esteem and empower people to fully participate in their communities. During this time, he also witnessed how limited access to affordable dental care drives oral health inequality. This fostered a passion for public health and a desire to improve the way in which we deliver dental care in Australia.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Jamie plans to pursue a Master of Public Health, with a focus on health policy at Columbia University. He hopes to gain a greater understanding of the public policy challenges underpinning unequal access to dental care. He eventually aspires to affect large scale policy changes that produce more equitable oral health outcomes in Australia.

Sonya Palmer Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionRMIT University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California Santa Barbara
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineIntegrated Photonics
Award Year2021

Sonya is a PhD candidate of the Integrated and Photonics Application Centre (InPAC) in the School of Engineering at RMIT University. Sonya’s research is centred on the development of precision measurement tools, called quantum sensors, for industries such as health, space and mining. One important application of quantum sensors is atomic clocks for measuring time, but similar approaches can be used to measure magnetic fields, acceleration and gravity. Existing quantum sensors are bulky, complex and non-portable, so Sonya’s research focuses on how integrated photonics can make these systems more portable. Sonya will spend her time at the University of California Santa Barbara under the supervision of Professor John Bowers, a world leader in integrated photonic technology and its commercialisation.

As a Fulbright scholar, Sonya will develop a greater understanding of how to bring academic research through to the commercialisation stage, something she is looking forward to bringing back to Australia.

Dr Marlon Perera Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustin Health, University of Melbourne
Host InstitutionMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineUrology/Surgery
Award Year2021

Marlon is a urological surgeon accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed his medical degree through The University of Melbourne and Urological training in Queensland. Marlon has an interest in uro-oncology and minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He actively participates in clinical research and has recently submitted a PhD (Urology) through the University of Melbourne. Marlon has published extensively in prostate cancer and several publications have been featured in the major authoritative guidelines, including the European Urologic Association (EUA) and the American Urologic Association (AUA) guidelines for the treatment of prostate cancer.

As a Fulbright scholar, Marlon will spend his time at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to progress continuing research in imaging in prostate cancer. Marlon aims to further advance technologies of PSMA PET imaging in advanced prostate cancer.

Luis Quijano Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionLiberty University
Host InstitutionQueensland University of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineFashion and Biotechnology
Award Year2021

Luis is a fashion designer and biotextile researcher embracing interdisciplinary research for a more, sustainable world. Currently, he is an active member of the International Textile & Apparel Association (ITAA) and Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF).

As a Fulbright Future Scholarship recipient, Luis will pursue his PhD studies in Fashion and Biotechnology at the Queensland University of Technology. His current research explores bacterial cellulose as an alternative leather for the textile and apparel industry at the intersection of design and biotechnology. Utilizing experimental methods in synthetic biology and genetic engineering, as well as design methods such as creative-based practice, his thesis focuses on improving and modifying bacterial cellulose so that it can become a commercial, eco-friendly fabric that involves minimal waste in comparison to natural and synthetic fabrics. Luis’ goal is that biomaterials can be developed to create sustainable pathways not only in fashion, but in any industry.

Dr Louis Stevenson Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionRoyal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2021

Louis is an ophthalmology trainee at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital with an interest in public health. After completing his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tasmania he studied a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) at the University of Sydney. Louis’ research interests include epidemiology and clinical ophthalmology and he has published significantly in these areas. Having worked across remote Western Australia with Lions Outback Vision, a mobile outreach ophthalmology service, he has seen the significant inequalities that exist in healthcare across Australia.

He will use his Fulbright Scholarship to study a Master of Public Health with a special focus on health economics. By incorporating these skills with his existing research interests, Louis will strive to optimise the delivery of health services in Australia to achieve a more equitable and sustainable system.

Patricia Sullivan Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionChildren's Cancer Institute/University of New South Wales
Host InstitutionThe Broad Institute of MIT/Harvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBioinformatics
Award Year2021

Patricia is a PhD candidate in Bioinformatics at the Children’s Cancer Institute and the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on developing and applying tools to identify a hard-to-predict class of genetic variants: those that affect splicing. Patricia works with genomic data from patients with rare diseases and paediatric cancers to find the genetic cause behind their disease.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Patricia will be working with the Broad Institute’s Center for Mendelian Genomics to analyse genetic data from their global cohort of rare disease patients. This project aims to deliver a genetic diagnosis for the unsolved families affected by rare disease, providing answers about their disease and potentially enabling personalised treatment.

Srimayi Tenali Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Host InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Award NameFulbright U.S. Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy Funded by the Department of Education, Skills & Employment
DisciplineSustainability
Award Year2021

Srimayi earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2020, where she minored in Energy Studies. Srimayi’s work and interests have centered around sustainable development and the clean energy transition. Her experiences range from directing the annual MIT Energy Conference to developing curriculum for refugee education to sustainability advocacy work in her hometown. Most recently, she worked as a Solar Design Engineer at Nexamp, where she designed large-scale solar arrays and built energy models for grid-connected systems.

Through her Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship, Srimayi is pursuing the interdisciplinary Master of Sustainability degree at the University of Sydney. Srimayi is keen to combine her engineering experience with a broader approach to sustainability and hopes that the Fulbright experience will equip her to work on multinational transformations towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Tandee Wang Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Australian National University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Award NameFulbright ACT Scholarship (funded by the ACT Government)/Fulbright W.G Walker Scholarship
DisciplineAsian American Studies
Award Year2021

Tandee is committed to the critical study of race and ethnicity, particularly in relational, comparative and transnational modes. He graduated from the Australian National University with first class honours and the University Medal in 2020, where his thesis examined Chinese migration at the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Since 2019, Tandee has been a researcher at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), drawing on critical Indigenous scholarship to inform policymaking. His mission is to build the emergent field of Asian Australian Studies, believing that it holds radical potential to transform how we conceive of and address injustice and inequality in Australia and abroad.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Tandee will undertake an MA/PhD program in the History Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specialising in the comparative history of race and ethnicity, and working closely with the Department of Asian American Studies.

Natasha Wood Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionFlinders University
Host InstitutionCenter for Genomic Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBehavioral Epigenetics
Award Year2021

Natasha is a Provisional Psychologist and PhD candidate in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University, South Australia. Her PhD research uses epigenetics (biological mechanisms that modify gene expression without modifying the genetic code) to explore how kinds of childhood stress affect mental health.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Natasha will work with the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She will investigate sensitive periods in epigenetic development and participate in an innovative study investigating the use of baby teeth as epigenetic biomarkers for early life. Her research will contribute to existing knowledge on the developmental origins of disease. Ultimately, she hopes that her research contributes to the development and implementation of both preventative and therapeutic measures, which could alter our approach to managing mental health across the lifespan.

Diana Zhang Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionBoston University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineChemistry/Computer Science
Award Year2021

Diana is completing a PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of one of Australia’s leading analytical chemists, A/Prof. Alex Donald. Her PhD is on developing more sensitive and accurate analytical methodologies and instrumentation for disease diagnosis, with a particular focus on Parkinson’s Disease. In essence, her research involves obtaining chemical ‘fingerprints’ produced from volatile (or ‘smelly’) chemicals found at the surface of skin.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Diana will spend 4 months with A/Prof. Vijaya Kolachalama, a renowned computer scientist and expert in developing machine learning algorithms for disease diagnosis. There, she will develop an advanced machine learning method that can diagnose Parkinson’s Disease from a chemical ‘fingerprint’. The outcome of this research could enable early diagnosis and provide hope and prosperity to the Parkinson’s community. Upon her return, she will continue to support bilateral research collaborations through exploring the integration of machine learning and analytical instrumentation in precision medicine.