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Christopher Barton

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Melissa S. Cardon

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Bo Cleveland

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Gabriel Filippelli

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Gregor Henze

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Aileen Huang-Saad

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Naim Kapucu

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Dean Kotlowski

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Jennifer Majersk

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Simon McKirdy

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Jennifer Albert

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Matthew Becker

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John Bennett

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Tim Brodribb

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Mary Brydon-Miller

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Cayelan Carey

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Amanda Denes

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Marc Edelman

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Levon Esters

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Alex Frino

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Preety Gadhoke

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Heather Holmes

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Iqbal Husain

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Troy Jensen

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Zhihua Jiang

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Negar Katirai

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Matthew Kleinhenz

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Anna Lachenauer

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Adam Seth Litwin

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Timothy J. Lynch

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Sandra Mclellan

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Courtney Meyers

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Peyman Mostaghimi

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Tess Neal

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Gary Reger

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Peter Stanwell

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Millicent Sullivan

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Kenneth Tate

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Antonio Tricoli

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Michael Walsh

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Hala Zreiqat

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Maninder Kaur

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Emily Lester

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Laura Lilly

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Muhammad Tariq Nazir

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Shruti Nirantar

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Donna-Marie Palakiko

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Joseph Pegler

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Aaron Pereira

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Stirling Roberton

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Behnam Sadeghi

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Fatemeh Salehi

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Annabel Sorby-Adams

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Prasanna Sritharan

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Joel Steele

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Elise Stephenson

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Clare Stephens

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Hannah Twiddy

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Melissa Ward

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Ruby J. Wright

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Salvador Zarco-Perello

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Dr Christopher Barton Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionUniversity of Kentucky
Host InstitutionCSIRO
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation, Funded by CSIRO
DisciplineRestoration Ecology/Environmental Sciences
Award Year2021

Chris is a Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management at the University of Kentucky. He has spent nearly three decades conducting ecosystem restoration research. Chris is also the founder and President of Green Forests Work, a non-profit program dedicated to improving the environment and economy of areas impacted by coal mining. Through this program, over 3 million trees have been planted on mine lands in the Appalachian region of the US.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Chris will work with CSIRO, university scientists, conservation groups and mining companies in Australia to promote reforestation in Queensland and the Hunter Valley. He will also study the impact of these reforestation efforts on climate change mitigation and protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

Professor Kyle Beardsley Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionDuke University
Host InstitutionThe Australian National University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Funded by the Australian National University (ANU)
DisciplinePolitical Science
Award Year2021

Kyle is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. He is also co-director of the ICB data project and Deputy Director of the Triangle Institute of Security Studies (TISS). His research interests focus on the quantitative study of international conflict and peace processes. He is particularly interested in questions related to the role of third parties in shaping conflict dynamics, the links between armed conflict and gender power imbalances, the diffusion of armed conflict across space, and the impact of nuclear weapons on international crisis behavior.

At ANU, Kyle will work on a project related to the public health legacies of conflict and peace operations, as well as on a project related to the co-evolution of interstate networks of threat and support.

Melissa S. Cardon Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville
Host InstitutionRMIT University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Funded by RMIT University
DisciplineEntrepreneurship and Innovation
Award Year2022

Melissa is the Haslam Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She studies the psychology of entrepreneurs as they found, persist, and succeed (or not) with their ventures. Topics of special interest include entrepreneurial passion, emotion, resource acquisition, persistence, exit, failure recovery and learning, stress, burnout, and exhaustion, as well as coping mechanisms to address pervasive problems. Melissa’s Fulbright project focuses on understanding the loneliness experiences of Australian entrepreneurs, which can have profound effects on individual well-being and performance, and how entrepreneurs cope behaviorally, cognitively, socially, and emotionally.

Professor H. Harrington "Bo" Cleveland Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionThe Pennsylvania State University
Host InstitutionMonash Addiction Research Centre, Monash University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineHuman Development and Psychologiy
Award Year2021

Bo is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. He researches the psychological and social processes that contribute to recovery from addiction. He and his collaborators have used Ecological Momentary Assessment strategies (e.g., smartphone data collection) to investigate within and between-day variation in the intra-personal states and social processes that support recovery.

As a Fulbright Scholar, he will work with Dr Dan Lubman, Professor of Addiction Studies and Services at Monash University. Together with Dr. Lubman and his team, Bo will investigate how technology can be used to better understand and intervene on the daily behavioral and social choices that help build and sustain recovery among substance-dependent individuals.

Professor Gabriel Filippelli Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionIndiana University
Host InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair, Funded by The University of Newcastle
DisciplineEnvironmental Health
Award Year2022

Gabriel is a Chancellor’s Professor of Earth Sciences and Executive Director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute. He is a biogeochemist, and has worked on climate change, global phosphorus cycling, and more recently environmental contamination, including novel ways to engage communities in identifying and eliminating pollutant exposures.

Gabriel will join the University of Newcastle as a Distinguished Chair in the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation, studying opportunities to utilize creative approaches to mitigating pollution exposure in countries with few resources and inadequate governmental environmental oversight.

Professor Gregor Henze Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Host InstitutionCSIRO Energy Centre
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation, Funded by CSIRO
DisciplineEnergy Engineering
Award Year2022

Gregor’s research focuses on energy flexibility of the built environment through advanced control strategies such as modelling predictive and reinforcement learning control, occupant behavior and presence detection, sensor fusion algorithms, and novel district energy systems. He is primary author of more than 150 research articles, four of which have received best paper awards, and received three patents. He is a Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, joint professor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, as well as co-founder and chief scientist of QCoefficient, Inc., a startup developing real-time optimal control solutions for grid-interactive efficient buildings.

Gregor’s Fulbright project tackles the transition of the Australian energy sector driven by decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization. He will focus specifically on ways the built environment can benefit from data-driven digital innovations to support emissions reduction and enable decentralization, i.e., the participation of buildings in the electricity market to deliver grid services.

Aileen Huang-Saad PhD MBA Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionThe Roux Institute, Northeastern University
Host InstitutionRMIT University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Funded by RMIT University
DisciplineEntrepreneurship, Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering Education
Award Year2021

In February 2021 Aileen joined the Bioengineering faculty at Northeastern University and became the Director of Life Sciences and Engineering Programs at The Roux Institute (Portland, Maine). Aileen has a fourteen-year history of bringing about organizational change in higher education, leveraging evidence-based practices at University of Michigan. She created the U-M BME graduate design program, co-founded the U-M College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, launched the U-M National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node, and developed the U-M BME Instructional Incubator. She is a canonical instructor for both the NSF and National Institute of Health (NIH) I-Corps Programs. Aileen has received numerous awards for her teaching and student advising, including the 1938E College of Engineering Award, the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor Award, the International Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Student Advisor Award. Aileen ‘s current research areas are entrepreneurship, innovation, and transforming higher education. She is funded by the NSF to explore the influence of the microenvironment of entrepreneurship education on minoritized populations, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and fostering graduate student professional development.

Professor Naim Kapucu Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionUniversity of Central Florida
Host InstitutionFlinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy (Democratic Resilience), Funded by Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia
DisciplineApplied Public Policy, Democratic Resilience
Award Year2022

Naim is Pegasus Professor of Public Administration and Policy and former Director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is also joint faculty at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs and the Center for Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES). Naim received Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy, Democratic Resilience award jointly hosted by Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia in 2021. Naim’s core research interests are network governance and leadership, decision-making in complex environments, organizational learning and design, and social inquiry and public policy. Naim has published widely in areas of public administration, network governance, and emergency and crisis management.

Professor Dean J. Kotlowski Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionSalisbury University
Host InstitutionThe Australian National University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Funded by the Australian National University (ANU)
DisciplineU.S./Australian Comparative History
Award Year2022

Dean is a professor of history at Salisbury University, specialising in United States political, diplomatic, and transnational history. He is the author of Nixon’s Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy (Harvard University Press, 2001) and Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR (Indiana University Press, 2015) and the editor of The European Union: From Jean Monnet to the Euro (Ohio University Press, 2000). Based at the Australian National University, he will use his Fulbright to research his current book project, a study of the parallels and connections between United States and Australian indigenous policy between 1945 and 2000.

Dean received his PhD in history at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1998. He has lectured in twenty-three countries across North America, Europe, and Australasia, including on two earlier Fulbright Scholar Awards. He is excited to share his insights on—and passion about—the modern American presidency.

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.

Professor Simon McKirdy Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionMurdoch University
Host InstitutionKansas State University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences, Funded by Kansas State University
DisciplineBiosecurity
Award Year2022

Simon is Professor of Biosecurity at Murdoch University, and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Harry Butler Institute. His research interests are focused on the many components of biosecurity systems (risk assessment, diagnostics, surveillance, treatments and response) and how they interact. For his Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Life Sciences Award, Simon will work with researchers at Kansas State University. The research will focus on defining what is a resilient biosecurity system which can be used to assist governments design the future frameworks in the face of growing challenges

Dr Jennifer Albert Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe Citadel
Host InstitutionUniversity of Canberra
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the University of Canberra
DisciplineEducation
Award Year2022

Jennifer Albert received her Ph.D. in Science Education from North Carolina State University and has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Austin Peay State University. She specializes in STEM education research and evaluation with an emphasis on K-16 computer science education, science education, educational assessment, and teacher professional development. She is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel. Her project will investigate how students who have participated in the ELSA project use the Experience, Represent, and Apply model when interacting with Mobile Maker Kits, demonstrating transfer of skills and content learned.

Professor Matthew Becker, Ph.D. Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionCalifornia State University Long Beach
Host InstitutionCurtin University
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by Curtin University
DisciplineGeosciences
Award Year2022

Matt is a Professor of Geological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach, and holds the Bert and Ethel Conrey Chair in Hydrogeology. He has spent much of his career understanding how groundwater flows through complex geologic systems, and its implications for groundwater pollution, geothermal energy extraction, and coastal ecosystems. For his Fulbright Scholarship, Matt will work with researchers at Curtin University to develop groundwater resources in the bedrock of Western Australia. A particular focus will be managed aquifer recharge and the use of fiber optic distributed sensing tools for characterizing and monitoring the storage and movement of groundwater.

Professor John McLean Bennett II, CPSS Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe Soil Company
Host InstitutionUnited States Department of Agriculture/University of Missouri
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineSoil Science
Award Year2022

John is a soil physicist and Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems. He has served as the Federal President of Soil Science Australia – the peak body for soil science – with a focus on the development of expert capacity to serve Australians. Through the establishment of a training board, his conceived Recognised Soil Practitioner program has been included in the National Soil Strategy. John’s academic focus is the complexity of soil structure, and its variability at all scales and dimensions. His project will focus on soil-specific on-farm management strategies that are profitable and environmentally sound.

John’s Fulbright will provide farmers with a greater ability to quantify likelihood of success in soil management. By fusing direct data collection with proximal sensing and probability-based outputs, John aims to produce implementable action plans that are financially considered, productive, and environmentally sound. This work seeks to revolutionise the value proposition for sustainable soil management.

Professor Timothy Brodribb Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Tasmania
Host InstitutionUniversity of California Santa Cruz
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePlant Biology
Award Year2022

Tim is currently a Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Tasmania, the same institution where he graduated with a BSc in Biology. His doctoral studies examined the evolution and function of conifers in the Southern Hemisphere involving extensive field work in the forests of PNG, New Caledonia, New Zealand and South America. Following this, he worked as a postdoc at Harvard University studying plant physiology in Costa Rican forest trees, before returning to Australia to undertake an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship award. Tim now leads a lab group that focusses on the vulnerabilities of plants during drought. His Fulbright will allow him to travel to northern California to use technology developed by his group to monitor the impact of climate on plant stress levels

Professor Mary Brydon-Miller PhD Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Louisville
Host InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the University of Technology Sydney
DisciplineDesign, Architecture and Building
Award Year2022

Mary  is Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. She is a participatory researcher who conducts work in school, organization, and community settings. She is the editor, with David Coghlan, of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research. Her most recent book with Sarah Banks is Ethics in Participatory Research for Health and Social Well-Being: Cases and Commentaries. She is currently working on an international middle-school citizen science project focused on global climate change education. She is a recipient of the 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholar Award at the University of Technology Sydney.

Mary’s Fulbright research explores the knowledge, values, and behaviors of young people related to sustainability and climate change action. The research will provide youth aged eleven to fourteen with opportunities to learn about climate change by designing and implementing a project-based learning experience using an educational action research approach.

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.

Dr Amanda Denes Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Connecticut
Host InstitutionTranslational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineCommunication
Award Year2021

Amanda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in the study of interpersonal, sexual, and health communication, with a focus on communication processes related to maintaining successful relationships and the role of biology in understanding communication behavior. Taken together, her research aims to identify communication practices and processes in close relationships that contribute to people’s physical, psychological, and relational health.

As a Fulbright Scholar at the Translational Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, Amanda will explore how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ+), and heterosexual couples, in which one partner is in treatment for cancer, communicate about the effects of cancer on their relationship. The goal of the project is to identify the specific forms of communication that contribute to individual and interpersonal well-being when managing the relational and sexual changes that accompany cancer and its treatment.

Marc Edelman Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionBaruch College, Zicklin School of Business City University of New York
Host InstitutionFaculty of Law/Faculty of Health, University of Canberra
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the University of Canberra
DisciplineU.S. and Australian Sports Law
Award Year2021

Marc is a tenured professor of law at the City University of New York, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, where he teaches and writes in the areas of sports law, antitrust law, intellectual property law, and fantasy sports / gambling law. Marc is regularly cited by the media about how the Sherman Antitrust Act applies to professional sports leagues, how gaming laws apply to fantasy sports contests, and how both antitrust and labor laws apply to the rights to college athletes. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and cum laude graduate of Michigan Law School, Marc began his professional career by practicing sports and antitrust law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. Thereafter, he practiced sports and intellectual property law at Dewey Ballantine LLP.

Marc’s research as a Fulbright Scholar will focus on a comparative analysis of the regulation of U.S. and Australian sports entities, and best practices for ensuring the physical, mental, and economic wellbeing of commercial athletes.

Professor Levon T. Esters Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionPurdue University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Southern Queensland
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the Regional Universities Network of Australia
DisciplineAgricultural Sciences Education
Award Year2021

Levon is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication at Purdue University. Levon also serves as the Director of the Mentoring@Purdue (M@P) program which is designed to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities (URMs) receiving advanced post-secondary STEM-based agricultural and life sciences degrees in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. Levon’s research focuses broadly on issues of educational equity and access of underrepresented minorities with a concentration on the mentoring of graduate students of color.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Levon will examine the role and potentiality of Agricultural Career Education as a strategy to enhance the tertiary and career prospects of youth and adults in the regional, rural, and remote (RRR) areas of Australia. During Levon’s Fulbright experience, he will be collaborating with the Australian Collaboratory for Career, Employability, and Learning for Living (ACCELL) at the University of Southern Queensland.

Professor Alex Frino Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Wollongong
Host InstitutionFlorida Polytechnic Univesity
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by Florida Polytechnic University
DisciplineCyber Security
Award Year2022

Alex is Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation, Enterprise and External Relations) and Professor of Economics at the University of Wollongong. He holds postgraduate degrees from University of Wollongong, University of Sydney and Cambridge University and has published over 100 scholarly articles in leading journals. He has been ranked amongst the top 150 scholars in his field globally by an influential survey of finance researchers. Professor Frino is a two time Fulbright Awardee – previously hosted by Georgetown University in 2005.

Alex will be travelling to the U.S. to work with scholars in the Cyber Security Department at Florida Polytechnic University and his research project will examine the impact of cyber attacks on listed companies in NATO countries.

Preety Gadhoke Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionSt. John's University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the University of Technology Sydney
DisciplineGlobal Health
Award Year2021

Preety is passionate about achieving global health equity through structural interventions by applying social justice and human rights lenses for marginalized, underserved populations. As a tenured Associate Professor of Public Health at St. John’s University, she works at the intersectionality of social determinants of health, food and nutrition, and sustainable development. .

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires, she will use her Fulbright Scholarship in Global Health to work on a food access research project at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Over the course of four months, she will establish new research collaborations with ISF partners to inform policy action for sustainable urban food systems and chronic disease prevention in Sydney, Australia. As a Fulbright Scholar, Preety’s goal is to build expertise that supports work on structural dimensions of nutrition and health outcomes, and be a leader in emergent global health issues.

Dr Heather A. Holmes Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Utah
Host InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEngineering
Award Year2021

Heather is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah and has an interdisciplinary background that includes mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, and atmospheric science. Her research group uses ground-based sensors, atmospheric models, and satellite remote sensing to investigate atmospheric physics, air pollution sources, transport and dispersion, and provide data for human health and public policy assessments.

She will spend her Fulbright Scholarship in the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne and will collaborate with faculty in atmospheric and environmental sciences. Heather is interested in working with scientists in Australia to improve wildfire smoke transport modeling, with a focus on developing new atmospheric turbulence models that are used in models to forecast wildfire smoke transport. Her goal is to establish long-term collaborations with the aim of improving models used in air quality warning systems that protect people living in fire prone areas.

Professor Iqbal Husain Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionNorth Carolina State University
Host InstitutionCurtin University, University of New South Wales, and The University of Queensland
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePower Electronics and Energy
Award Year2022

Iqbal Husain is the ABB Distinguished Professor in the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Director of the FREEDM Engineering Research Center at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Professor Husain’s expertise is in the areas of power electronics, electric machines, motor drives, renewable energy and system controls. His current research is focused on distributed energy resource integration into power systems and transportation electrification with wide bandgap power electronic devices and all-electric powertrain with permanent magnet and reluctance machines. Husain received the Fulbright Scholar award for research on renewable energy integration into the power system and electrification of mining equipment.

Associate Professor Troy Jensen Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Southern Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Florida
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineAgriculture
Award Year2022

Troy is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow (Precision Agriculture) at the University of Southern Queensland where his career has focused on applying engineering technologies to agriculture.

With research interests in controlled traffic farming, yield monitoring, precision agriculture (PA), remote sensing, agricultural mechanisation and weed management, Troy’s Fulbright journey will take him to the University of Florida to utilise on-farm technologies to benefit sugarcane production systems. The use of imagery and PA datasets will identify constraints and provide the ability for the system to be continually refined and updated, ensuring farming enterprises are more efficient and environmentally sustainable.

Professor Dr Zhihua Jiang Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionWashington State University
Host InstitutionUniversity of New England
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the Regional Universities Network of Australia
DisciplineAnimal Genetics and Genomics
Award Year2022

Zhihua is a full professor of genome biology in the Animal Sciences Department at Washington State University. He also serves as the Hatch Program Chair to promote research and education in Animal Biology and Biomedicine. Zhihua’s current research focuses on how genes use alternative transcripts in response to internal, external and universal environments, thus improving functional annotation of animal genomes. The ultimate goal of these studies is to understand how a finite genome coordinates an infinite phenome to benefit an animal’s performance, health and wellbeing.

As a Fulbright U.S. scholar to Australia, Zhihua will learn new knowledge and skills about big data sciences from colleagues at University of New England. The proposed research aims to explore the central dogmas of quantitative and molecular genetics and thus advance genomic selection and design to the next level.

Negar Katirai Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Arizona
Host InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the University of Technology Sydney
DisciplineLaw and Domestic Violence
Award Year2022

Negar directs a Domestic Violence Law Clinic where she supervises law students in providing legal representation to survivors of intimate partner violence. She also teaches Family Law and often guest lectures in other courses on related topics, including trauma-informed legal representation. Her scholarship investigates questions in intimate partner violence law, and seeks to promote conversation between practitioners and academics. Negar will be conducting a comparative study of the approach of Australia and the United States to domestic violence fatality reviews, which involve the analysis of homicides related to domestic violence for the purpose of preventing future fatalities.

Dr Matthew Kleinhenz Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe Ohio State University
Host InstitutionCQUniversity Australia
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by CQUniversity Australia
DisciplineMinerals and Energy Resources
Award Year2022

Matthew is a professor and extension specialist at The Ohio State University and a contributor to efforts aligning plant, human, and other resources, specifically for vegetable farming but, overall, for greater prosperity and quality of life. His people-and planet-focused research and outreach activities emphasize accountability to present and emerging concerns and draw from diverse disciplines, talents, and capacities.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Matthew will partner with Central Queensland University, community leaders, and representatives of the solar energy and farming sectors to better understand agrivoltaics, a promising but challenging integration of farming and solar energy production. Dr. Kleinhenz and partners will study the optimism and hesitation surrounding agrivoltaics in Australia, a process essential to ensuring its responsible utilization.

Anna Lachenauer Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionStanford Medical School
Host InstitutionUniversity of Sydney
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiology
Award Year2022

Anna is a M.D. candidate at Stanford Medical School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a secondary degree in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard University in 2018. Prior to medical school, Anna developed genomic technologies to detect new and ongoing viral outbreaks, including Ebola and Lassa fever. As a Fulbright Scholar, Anna will continue her research on pathogenic outbreaks at the University of Sydney. Working with renowned virologist Dr. Edward Holmes, she will use metagenomic techniques to investigate mechanisms by which pathogens emerge in new hosts, focusing on Australian tick-borne disease.

Professor Adam Seth Litwin Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionCornell University
Host InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineIndustrial and Labor Relations
Award Year2021

Adam’s research, anchored in industrial relations, spans the intersection of work & employment and technological change. He investigates the ways digital technologies, in particular, are developed and deployed and how they ultimately influence work structures and worker and organizational outcomes. In general, this has pointed to the benefits of workcentered over technology-centered design and deployment. A technologist, he also conducts mixedmethod, industry studies analyzing the interplay of technological change and frontline work in the healthcare sector.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Adam plans to work with his colleagues in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney to begin researching a monograph examining the ways employers leverage labor market power and new technologies to displace downside economic risk. His approach responds to more deterministic approaches that either view the relative power of economic actors as the sole driver of labor market outcomes or that ignore the relationship between power, risk, and technological change altogether.

Professor Timothy J. Lynch Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Host InstitutionUniversity of Wyoming
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the University of Wyoming
DisciplineAmerican Politics
Award Year2022

Tim Lynch is Professor in American Politics at the University of Melbourne. His latest book, In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump (Cambridge, 2020), has been called ‘a cogent, graceful, provocative account’ of its subject. Tim holds a PhD in political science from Boston College. His Fulbright at the University of Wyoming (2022-23) will explore the nature of ‘red state’ foreign policy.

Dr Sandra Mclellan Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Host InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEnvironmental Microbiology/Bacterial Genetics
Award Year2021

Sandra is a Professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For her Fulbright Future Scholarship, Sandra will work with Dr. Justin Seymour at the University of Technology Sydney to study how microbial life in urban environments can improve city sustainability and promote clean water. While microorganisms are responsible for important biogeochemical cycles in nature, their role in metabolism of nutrients and waste products in city water infrastructure is relatively unexplored. Additionally, the unique collection of microbes found within city sewer and stormwater pipe systems can serve as sensitive tracers of discharges to natural waters including beaches that have a high recreational value.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Sandra hopes to launch a long term collaboration with researchers in Australia to determine how to engineer urban water microbiomes to make cities more sustainable and to devise better methods for assessing negative impacts to coasts and beaches.

Dr Courtney Meyers Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionTexas Tech University
Host InstitutionCharles Sturt University
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by the Regional Universities Network of Australia
DisciplineAgricultural Communications
Award Year2021

Courtney, a professor in agricultural communications at Texas Tech University, is dedicated to improving communication efforts about agriculture. As a Fulbright Scholar, Courtney will research how agricultural issues are being communicated in Australia. Insights gained from her research will be used to create teaching case studies to help students develop critical thinking and communication skills. She will also collaborate with colleagues at Charles Sturt University to facilitate the curriculum development process for agricultural communications.

As a recipient of the inaugural Fulbright Scholar Award funded by the Regional Universities Network of Australia (RUN), Courtney will visit other universities in the RUN group to explore the potential for creating agricultural communications as a disciplinary concentration. Her goal is to provide the foundation and motivation to establish a new curricular focus that will serve to strengthen regional communities and the Australian agriculture industry.

Associate Professor Peyman Mostaghimi Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionKansas State University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMinerals and Energy Resources
Award Year2022

Peyman Mostaghimi is an Associate Professor in Minerals and Energy Resources at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where he leads a multidisciplinary research group on Multiscale Transport in Porous Systems (MUTRIS). He is also a Council Member for the International Society for Porous Media. His research is focused on fluid dynamics and transport phenomena in porous media with application to geological carbon dioxide storage, subsurface hydrology, minerals and hydrocarbon recovery and groundwater modelling. He performs theoretical, numerical and experimental research into the characterisation of heterogeneous porous materials at different scales.

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.

Associate Professor Ryan Naylor Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionKansas State University
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by Kansas State University
DisciplineHigher Education
Award Year2022

Ryan Naylor is Associate Professor (Education) in the Sydney School of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. His current research focuses primarily on understanding and addressing barriers to success in higher education. He has published widely on issues of access to higher education, equity interventions and their evaluation, and the experiences and expectations of students. Ryan will use the Fulbright Scholarship to understand how students, particularly those from under-served or equity backgrounds, conceive of success at university and how their self-concept changes during the transition to university. This research will ensure students are better supported during transition, so that all students, regardless of background, are equally able to transition effectively to university study.

Tess M.S. Neal Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionArizona State University
Host InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplinePsychology and Law
Award Year2022

Tess is an associate professor of psychology, a founding faculty member of Arizona State University’s Law and Behavioral Science Initiative, and inaugural director of ASU’s Future of Forensic Science Initiative. She is a scientist; a clinical psychologist trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental and behavioral disorders; and a forensic psychologist trained to bring psychology into legal contexts. She studies the nature and limits of expertise. Her basic work focuses on understanding and improving human judgment processes – especially among trained experts, and her more applied work focuses on improving forensic experts’ judgments in particular. Her Fulbright project will advance both basic and applied science in these areas.

Dr Gary Reger Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionTrinity College
Host InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineHistory
Award Year2020

Gary’s research has focused on the economic history of the Greek and Roman worlds, which led — through the rich documentary and archaeological evidence of the Eastern Desert in Egypt — to a passion for the history of human interaction with desert environments. Going beyond the classical Mediterranean world, this new research project has led to articles on the history and literature of the southwestern deserts of the United States.  

The centerpiece of his time in Australia will be the organization of a conference that will bring humanities scholars and desert specialists together to share work and perspectives on the western deserts. The planned publication of the papers from this conference will, it is hoped, be an important contribution to interdisciplinary work on the Australia desert world. Gary also plans to take advantage of his residence in Perth to travel as much as possible in the western Australian deserts. 

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.

Georgie Skipper Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionQuantum Medical Innovation Fund/Atlassian
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEconomics 
Award Year2022

Georgie is adviser to the Quantum Medical Innovation Fund and currently the Director of Global Public Policy at Atlassian. Most recently Georgie was the Senior Adviser and principal adviser on the United States to the Foreign Minister of Australia, the Honourable Julie Bishop, for five years from 2013-2018.

She will use her Fulbright Future Scholarship to enhance the momentum in Australia around private sector investment in social good projects, with a particular emphasis in the Indo-Pacific region.

Georgie plans to specialise in developing a strategic approach and framework to driving investment into the Indo-Pacific region, to address critical needs focussing on technology. Georgie will actively work to leverage this framework to develop partnerships between Australia and the US providing a clearer pathway for strategic investments that have a positive impact while also delivering returns.

Georgie will spend her time in the U.S. developing her professional networks in the areas of international relations, impact investing and economics, to bring together her expertise and strengthen Australia’s leadership capability in this area.

Dr Lindsay Squeglia Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
Host InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNeuropsychology
Award Year2021

Lindsay is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University. In 2014, she returned to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, for a faculty position at MUSC. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of alcohol and cannabis use on adolescent brain development, as well as creating effective treatment options for substance-using youth. She has a strong interest in community outreach and education efforts and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Lindsay aspires to minimize the long-term negative effects of teen substance use by creating more effective prevention and intervention programs.

This Fulbright Scholarship provides the opportunity for cross-national collaboration between the United States and Australia to improve health outcomes globally for youth struggling with substance use problems.

Associate Professor Rachel Standish Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionMurdoch University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Wyoming
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineRestoration Ecology
Award Year2022

Rachel is Associate Professor of Ecology at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. Her research is focused on restoration of native ecological communities that have been degraded or destroyed by human activity. Rachel is internationally recognised for her contributions to advancing the theory and practice of ecological restoration. As a Fulbright Scholar, Rachel will collaborate with her hosts to assess benefits of soil microbes to rangeland restoration. Findings will be relevant to ranchers in Australia and the US where rangeland sustainability underpins socio-economic prosperity and environmental stewardship. She will also teach classes in vegetation and soil ecology.

Peter Stanwell Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Newcastle
Host InstitutionUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMedical Imaging
Award Year2022

Peter is a medical imaging scientist undertaking biomedical research utilising advanced neuroimaging at University of Newcastle. Alzheimer’s disease is a gradually progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting over 32-million people worldwide. The presence of beta-amyloid deposits is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, and is currently thought to commence 15-20 years before obvious cognitive decline. As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Peter will collaborate with clinicians and biomedical researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on developing new imaging methods for the detection of beta-amyloid to improve early diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease and improve outcomes for patients and their loved ones.

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 Kenneth W. Tate Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of California, Davis
Host InstitutionCentral Queensland University
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award, Funded by Central Queensland University
DisciplineRangeland Management
Award Year2021

Ken is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis. He holds the Russell L. Rustici Endowed Chair in Rangeland Watershed Sciences. In collaboration with a diverse stakeholder base, Ken leads a participatory research program focused on developing ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable livestock production systems in rangeland ecosystems. He has completed a substantial body of research on strategies to mitigate livestock impacts on wetlands, water quality, and soil health in western North America. Due to these efforts, Ken has received the Rangeland Conservation Impact Award, and the Bradford – Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award.

For his Fulbright Scholarship, Ken will spend four months developing partnerships with scientists and stakeholders at Central Queensland University in Australia to initiate novel research to address livestock related water quality impairments that are contributing to the decline of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem.

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.

Associate Professor Michael Walsh Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionKansas State University
Award NameFulbright Scholar Award
DisciplineAlternative Weed Control Technologies
Award Year2022

Michael is an Associate Professor and Director Weed Research at University of Sydney leading a research team focused on the development of alternative weed control technologies. His research has centred on the advancement of alternative weed control technologies aimed at reducing the destructive impact of herbicide resistance on grain cropping systems. For 25 years, Michael has focussed on the research and development of harvest weed seed control systems for Australian grain production. Inspired by the resilience and innovation of growers Michael continues working to progress the efficacy and opportunities for using these and other novel weed control systems.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Michael aims to improve the efficacy and durability of harvest weed seed control systems. He will work closely with Professor Mithila Jugulam, the weed science team at Kansas State University and their colleagues across major US cropping regions to expand and refine the operational use of these systems.

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.

Dr Adam Bartley Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionRMIT University
Host InstitutionGeorge Washington University
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies (AUSMIN Quad Scholarship), Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
DisciplineInternational security
Award Year2022

Adam Bartley is a specialist in U.S. foreign policy and regional Indo-Pacific security. He is the author of two manuscripts examining U.S. foreign policy and China and has contributed to articles examining whole of government applications to Indo-Pacific strategy in the United States. He is a Non-resident Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellow, Pacific Forum, and a lecturer and regional foreign relations specialist at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Australia. Dr Bartley also speaks fluent Mandarin.

For his project, Adam will examine how ASEAN members can cooperate with emerging security programs in the Indo-Pacific at a time when the regional spatial configurations of security, where the “zones of war” “zones of peace” have become increasingly blurred. American and Australian efforts are expanding to meet the threat of so-called grey zone activities. The extent that these nations can contribute to a more inclusive regional pushback against such threats will rely on an acute understanding of ASEAN’s threat perceptions and the implications of intersecting systems effects. In undertaking his project, Adam will be situated at the Sigur Center for Asian Affairs, George Washington University, and in collaboration with the Elliot School for International Affairs, Washington DC.

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.

Rachel Coghlan Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionCentre for Humanitarian Leadership, Deakin University
Host InstitutionCenter for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins University
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership Funded by The Centenary Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarship Foundation
DisciplineNon-Profit Leadership
Award Year2022

Rachel is a palliative care physiotherapist, an international public health researcher and advocate, and an occasional writer. She is completing a PhD at the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Deakin University, exploring the place of palliative care in humanitarian crises with a focus on armed conflict settings. Rachel is a Director at Palliative Care Australia. She is passionate about drawing on her clinical and real world experiences in palliative care to shape future research and policy. Care of those who are seriously ill or dying has been an overlooked aspect of formal humanitarian response.

As a Fulbright Scholar in Non-Profit Leadership, Rachel will work with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Humanitarian Health to build the foundation for future research on palliative care in humanitarian emergencies; and consider ways to engage and advocate to a wider humanitarian audience on palliative care. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to foster dialogue and deliberate ideas on palliative care with leading humanitarian health researchers and practitioners, and to strengthen collaborations between humanitarian scholars in the USA and Australia.

Kate Golebiowska Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionCharles Darwin University
Host InstitutionEmory University
Award NameFulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/Industry)
DisciplineMigration studies, Entrepreneurship
Award Year2022

Kate is an international migration scholar with research interests in immigrants’ social and economic inclusion. The micro-entrepreneurship of immigrant women is an area that is awaiting new insights and provides opportunities for informing social justice advancements. As a Fulbright scholar, Kate will explore and experience the Emory University Goizueta Business School’s business accelerator for immigrant and minority micro-entrepreneurs, most of whom are women. This program is delivered in partnership with place-based organisations. Kate will leverage the insights from Goizueta’s business accelerator model to design a framework for establishing a similar initiative for immigrant women micro-entrepreneurs in Darwin. She will develop new collaborative research networks that will advance our mutual understanding of immigrant women’s entrepreneurship. Kate plans to utilise her newly acquired knowledge to contribute to conversations in Australia about how university-led partnerships in acceleration can promote immigrant women’s empowerment and inclusion through micro-enterprise and positively impact communities.

Philipp Ivanov Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionAsia Society Australia
Host InstitutionGeorgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-American Alliance Studies, Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
DisciplineForeign policy
Award Year2022

Philipp Ivanov is the CEO of Asia Society Australia, the nation’s leading business and policy think-tank dedicated to the Indo-Pacific region. Philipp is a China specialist with extensive experience in strategy, organisational renewal, policy and research across government, education and non-profit sectors. He is passionate about strengthening Australia’s credentials as an inclusive society and an active international player deeply connected with Asia and committed to finding solutions to shared regional and global challenges. He studied and worked in China, Russia and across Asia and the Middle East, and speaks fluent Chinese and Russian. My Fulbright project will map out new thinking on digital and global impact strategies by leading U.S. foreign policy think tanks and build a platform for collaboration between U.S. and Australian institutions and their peers in Asia.

“My Fulbright project will map out new thinking on digital and global impact strategies by leading U.S. foreign policy think tanks and build a platform for collaboration between U.S. and Australian institutions and their peers in Asia.”

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.

Professor Zhiqun Zhu Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionBucknell University
Host InstitutionGriffith University
Award NameFulbright 75th Anniversary Alliance Award, Funded by the U.S. Embassy, Canberra
DisciplineInternational Relations, Foreign Policy
Award Year2022

Zhiqun Zhu is a professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University. His teaching and research interests include U.S.-China relations, Chinese politics and foreign policy, East Asian political economy, and Indo-Pacific security. Dr. Zhu is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including A Critical Decade: China’s Foreign Policy 2008-2018; China’s New Diplomacy: Rationale, Strategies and Significance; New Dynamics in East Asian Politics: Security, Political Economy, and Society; and US-China Relations in the 21st Century: Power Transition and Peace.

As a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, Zhiqun will work on a project about how China’s rise challenges the alliance between the United States and Australia and how they should respond. He hopes to gain some insight on this issue from meeting with scholars, business executives, opinion leaders, government officials, and others in Australia.

Dr Kelly Atkins Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Melbourne
Host InstitutionWeill Cornell Medicine
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNeuropsychology
Award Year2022

Kelly is a researcher and clinical neuropsychologist. She is determined to work at the intersection of research and clinical care to improve the lives of people living with neurodegenerative disease. Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and a Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University. Here her research focused on the measurement of neuropsychiatric and cognitive changes in people with rare neurodegenerative disease and she specialised clinically in progressive neurology. On completing her doctorate, Kelly joined St Vincent’s Hospital and Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne to co-develop a behavioural intervention to prevent delirium amongst older Australian’s undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. Delirium is the most common complication after surgery for older people and greatly increases the risk of dementia in the community. There are no pharmacological treatments for delirium and prevention is the best available strategy.

Kelly’s Fulbright Future Scholarship at Weill Cornell Medicine will enable her to adapt a delirium prevention program, targeting modifiable risk factors, to the American context. By collaborating with delirium experts in the US, Kelly will have the necessary resources to translate her findings into a large Melbourne tertiary hospital, to ultimately improve perioperative healthcare in Australia.

Dr Natalie Benbow Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionFuture Industries Institute, University of South Australia 
Host InstitutionDepartment of Chemistry, University of Michigan
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePhysical Chemistry
Award Year2022

Natalie currently works in the Science Division of the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Natalie will work in the laboratory of Professor Zhan Chen at the University of Michigan. She will use sum-frequency generation spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy to investigate the effect of surface roughness of medical implants on the adsorption of protein and platelets in blood. The interactions of fibrinogen and platelets with the surface of an implant can contribute to blood-clot formation and implant failure. This project aims to improve patient outcomes by informing the design of medical implants such as cardiovascular stents. This project links to her prior PhD and postdoctoral research at the Future Industries Institute at University of South Australia.

Travis Britton Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Tasmania
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePlant Ecophysiology
Award Year2022

Travis is a plant eco-physiologist researching how ecological interactions influence tree growth and survival. His work is largely focused on how ecological interactions among neighbouring plants modify the direct effects of environmental change in forest communities. He is particularly interested in whether integrating broad-scale climatic conditions with local-scale ecological interactions increases our ability to accurately predict tree performance.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Travis will seek to improve our understanding of how plant physiology and various ecological interactions determine drought-driven tree mortality. The outcomes of his Fulbright research will inform models predicting future drought impacts on forest ecosystems and assist in maximising the success of future conservation efforts.

Sarah Thomas Broome Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Host InstitutionUniversity of California Los Angeles
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNeuroscience
Award Year2022

Sarah recently submitted her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney in which she investigated novel mechanisms to target neuroinflammation in Parkinson’s disease. As a Fulbright scholar, Sarah will shift her focus from neuroinflammation to neurodegeneration in which she aims to identify a novel target to promote neuroprotection in Multiple sclerosis, a disease which already has successful immunotherapies but no neuroprotective agents. In addition, Sarah has a passion for increasing diversity in science and advocating for evidence-based health policy and improved health literacy and education through her work with professional, academic and community organisations.

Dr Luke Carroll Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionWake Forrest University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMedical Science
Award Year2022

Luke is a postdoctoral researcher at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Sydney. With his Fulbright Scholarship, he will visit a leading endocrinology group at Wake Forest University and learn cutting edge research techniques to investigate mitochondrial function in individuals with Diabetes. This project aims to provide new insights into the mitochondrial function, quality and quantity in individuals with Diabetes and lay the groundwork for therapeutic interventions. In addition, Luke’s time at Wake Forest University will allow him to build valuable networks while enhancing his knowledge of critical cellular processes and therapeutic targets.

Dr Yun Young (Vanessa) Cho Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionThe University of Maryland
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePaediatric Dentistry
Award Year2022

Vanessa is a specialist paediatric dentist and a clinical academic who is passionate about understanding the psychology of young children to respond to their oral health needs and treat them. She has published several scientific papers in high impact factor dentistry journals, a monograph and obtained several awards – the recent one being the first prize from the Australia New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry Colgate postgraduate research competition. To obtain an objective assessment of a child’s perspective, she embraced eye-tracking technology for her PhD to conduct Eye Movement Analysis In chiLdren (EMAIL).

The goal of Vanessa’s research is to better understand what children see and connect the visual search patterns to common oral health problems affecting children. In turn, the results be translated if visual search can be used as an early predictor for children at risk of common oral health conditions.

Dr Ali Entezari Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiomedical Engineering
Award Year2022

Ali is an early career researcher within the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the design and optimization of synthetic tissue scaffolds to repair diseased or damaged tissues such as bone defects. As a Fulbright Scholar, Ali will undertake research for 10 months at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he will use state of the art bioprinting technologies to develop novel hydrogel-based scaffolds for the reconstruction of damaged tissues.

Dr Jason Eshraghian Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionUniversity of Michigan
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineElectrical Engineering and Computer Science
Award Year

Jason is a Forrest Fellow with the Schools of Medicine and Computer Science at the University of Western Australia, merging the seemingly disparate fields of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and chip design in the pursuit of developing brain-inspired processors. He is the developer of snnTorch, an open-source Python package that merges state of the art deep learning techniques with neural encoding mechanisms. He is the recipient of several highly competitive IEEE best paper and live demonstration awards for his contributions to neuromorphic engineering.

The Fulbright Fellowship will take Jason to the University of Michigan, where he will use nanoelectronics in a way that naturally emulate biological neurons. In doing so, he will work towards developing the next generation of AI guided by the principles underlying the brain.

Dr Hannah Etchells Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Davis
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineWildlife & Wildland Management
Award Year2021

Hannah earned her BSc in Botany and Conservation Biology and first class honours in Botany at the University of Western Australia. She is currently completing PhD research, focussing on the ecological impacts of large-scale, catastrophic wildfire events in southwest Australia. Hannah recently spent six months on a Fulbright Scholarship working in the laboratory of Professor Scott Stephens at University of California Berkeley, researching wildfire impacts and prescribed burning in California. Hannah’s PhD research investigates the ecological impacts of catastrophic wildfire. The forested regions of Australia and North America have both witnessed unprecedented large-scale wildfire events over the last decade, and wildfire in both regions is projected increase in frequency and severity over the next century. However, the ecological impacts of such events and consequences for future management are poorly understood.

Hannah’s research will promote the sharing of knowledge between Australia and the U.S., forging research ties and developing collaborative projects to understand catastrophic wildfire events in a global context.

Dr Samira Garshasbi Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionUniversity of South Florida
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBuilt Environment
Award Year2022

Samira is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Built Environment, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Her research area includes the development, testing, and implementation of advanced heat mitigation technologies for urban heat mitigation application. Samira has extensive experience on the development of novel urban heat mitigation technologies as well as large-scale urban heat mitigation projects in Australian cities.

Dr Joseph Giorgio Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Newcastle
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Berkeley
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNeuroscience
Award Year2022

Joseph recently completed his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK where he developed machine learning tools to predict patient trajectories in preclinical and prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease. On returning to Australia he joined the University of Newcastle as a research associate investigating the dynamic activity of the brain in the presence of Alzheimer’s pathology, teasing apart how dysfunction in the brain leads to cognitive impairment. JOseph’s Fulbright research will use innovative multivariate approaches to explore the relationships between the genome, brain pathology and cognition in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Shellaina Gordon Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionNortheastern University
Host InstitutionSir Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and University of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineCancer Biology
Award Year2022

Shellaina received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Northeastern University in 2021. During her undergraduate career, Shellaina gained a variety of research experiences ranging from antibody discovery to exploring secondary structures in DNA. Additionally, Shellaina is passionate about increasing diversity in the sciences as a means to decrease health disparities. As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Shellaina aims to understand epigenetic factors that contribute to blood cancer development. While genetic contributors to cancer are well understood, epigenomic factors which alter gene expression and variation have not been well characterized. She hopes that her work can be used to find new therapeutic targets.

Dr Christine Grove Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionMichigan State University
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral (Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship) Scholarship, Funded by RMIT University
DisciplineEducational and Developmental Psychology
Award Year2021

Christine is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. She is dedicated to supporting child, youth and family mental health and wellbeing using co-designed, evidence-based approaches in her clinical practice, research and education.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Christine will collaborate with world-leading experts to seek innovative ways that address the critical challenges in child psychological care, to disrupt traditional approaches in behavioural health. Millions of youth experience mental health concerns, and the socio-economic burdens make prevention and effective intervention a worldwide priority. Christine’s vision for her Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program will seek to improve the primary prevention of mental health disorders with a focus to reduce health risks and illness, ultimately addressing stigma and improving resilience factors.

Dr Thomas Guy MD PhD Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionIllawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI)
Host InstitutionRagon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineImmunology
Award Year2022

Tom is a clinician researcher training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His long term interest lies in immunotherapy treatments for cancer. He wants to understand why some cancers are cured by immunotherapy but not others, with the ultimate goal to improve cancer treatments and the lives of patients with cancer. Building on his PhD work and clinical research, he will join Professor Pillai’s group at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard. Tom will learn state of the art technologies at this NIH-funded Autoimmune Center of Excellence and bring these skills back to further his IHMRI based cancer research.

Dr Troy Heffernan Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionLa Trobe University
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineEducation
Award Year2022

Troy is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at La Trobe University. His work focuses on higher education where his research objective is to support universities as their role in the community continues to grow, and to help ensure that diverse and marginalised groups are represented and treated equitably throughout the sector. Troy will use his Fulbright Scholarship to create enhanced support services for marginalised university students by examining current support practices across the United States and Australian universities, to create best-practice policy advice for the global higher education sector.

Samuel Hillman Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionRMIT University/University of Tasmania/ DELWP Victoria
Host InstitutionRocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineForest Fire Research
Award Year2021

Sam is a fire and remote sensing practitioner committed to linking innovative scientific developments with forest firefighting operations. Sam recently submitted his PhD at RMIT University, where his research focused on using 3D remote sensing to observe the structure of forest fuel. Having always had a passion for the outdoors, Sam combined his PhD research with operational firefighting work at Forest Fire Management Victoria, the agency responsible for fire management in Victoria’s forests.

Sam will use his Fulbright Scholarship with the U.S. Forest Service to advance wildfire science. The collaborative project will utilise 3D remote sensing technology to enable a greater understanding of fire behaviour and accuracy of next-generation wildfire simulation models, through better representation of fuels. Given the increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires globally, Sam is keen to collaborate with world experts and share knowledge to increase our understanding of fire behaviour and in turn improve community safety.

Dr Sara Hungerford Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineStructural Valvular Heart Disease
Award Year2021

Sara is a former professional cricketer and now consultant physician and cardiologist with previous clinical experience in urban and regional Australia as well as the United Kingdom. She has a keen interest in structural heart disease, specifically in improving the assessment and management of patients with complex valvular heart disease undergoing transcatheter intervention. She has recently submitted her PhD thesis at the University of New South Wales.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Sara hopes to complete a research fellowship at the Center for Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical trials. The goal of her research is to better understand prognostic indicators of poor outcomes in patients with complex valvular heart disease so as to optimally guide future patient selection and management.

Johannes Janssens Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Host InstitutionCedars-Sinai Medical Center
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMolecular and Cellular Cardiology
Award Year2022

Johannes aspires to be a leader in the field of heart disease diagnostics and therapy development. His strength as a problem solver is to think unconventionally and creatively to find new solutions. He is completing his PhD in the laboratory of Professor Lea Delbridge at the University of Melbourne. His research focus is understanding how defects in sugar metabolism can damage the heart muscle of people living with diabetes.

The Fulbright Future Scholarship provides the ideal opportunity for Johannes to immerse himself in the academic and commercial research environment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, under the direction of the world-renowned proteomics expert Professor Jennifer Van Eyk. His goal is to identify the precise molecular defects involved in diabetic heart damage as a starting point for developing precision diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

Kate Johnson Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Tasmania
Host InstitutionHarvard University/Yale University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePlant Physiology
Award Year2021

Kate is a plant physiologist researching how drought kills trees through damage to the pipe-like cells that transport water in plants (called ‘xylem’). In drought conditions, rapid entry of air into the xylem results in air bubbles (embolisms) which block the flow of water leading to plant damage and death. Kate is particularly interested in how xylem arrangement and connectivity influence the way that air spreads through the water transport system and whether this is linked to the drought resistance/ vulnerability of trees.

As a Fulbright scholar Kate will use the latest techniques (which utilise x-rays and optical light) to visualise, map and model drought-induced air spread through the xylem of trees. In collaboration with experts in plant physiology, Kate will use this information to predict the timing of drought-induced death and damage in different tree species which will ultimately help to inform management of native and commercial forests in the face of increasing drought.

Dr Lachlan Jones Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionNorth Carolina State University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEnvironmental Ecology
Award Year2022

Lachlan is an insect-plant ecologist interested in behaviour and environmental interactions. He completed his PhD on host searching in a generalist pest insect at the University of Queensland in 2020 and subsequently worked in weed biocontrol at CSIRO. My Fulbright reseach at North Carolina State University and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laborotory will use long term climate, flower cover and specimen records to evaluate impacts of extreme temperatures and floral abundance on body sizes of Rocky Mountain bees. Smaller bees are often less effective pollinators, and body size may help indicate bee population health and adaptation to warming climates.

Maninder Kaur Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMurdoch University
Host InstitutionDepartment of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePlant Pathology
Award Year2022

Maninder is a PhD student at Murdoch University in Western Australia, currently researching cold plasma technology to treat Fusarium graminearum, a primary fungal pathogen of Fusarium head blight disease in cereals. Her focus is to minimise the agriculture industry’s reliance on chemicals while maintaining the product’s quality. As a Fulbright scholar, she will continue her work on cold plasma to understand the pathogen’s pathogenicity, defence response, and interaction with cold plasma treatments. This project will help identify the genomic mutations in F. graminearum induced by cold plasma, which could be used to predict the changes in the fungal virulence against the host plant.

Mahyar Khorasani Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionRMIT University
Host InstitutionThe University of Texas at El Paso
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineManufacturing Engineering
Award Year2022

Mahyar works at RMIT as Research Officer at the Centre for Additive Manufacturing. He is the co-author of a leading publication in the field. Mahyar is Associate Editor in Chief of Rapid Prototyping Journal which is the first established journal in this field. This project aims to identify physical principles to improve a temperature-dependent optical-model in 3D-printing which expects to generate new knowledge using an innovative approach on process temperature estimation. This should provide significant benefits, such as the possibility to predict the quality of the printed components before starting the print jobs, and the potential to grow manufacturing in Australia.

Dr Maria Kovaleva Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionCurtin University
Host InstitutionBrigham Young University (BYU)
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineElectrical Engineering
Award Year2022

Maria graduated with a PhD from Macquarie University in 2019 where her research focused on novel antennas and metasurfaces using evolutionary optimization algorithms. Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Perth, Western Australia. Maria’s research is focused on phased-array receiving antennas that will constitute part of the future largest radio telescope in the world – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Maria will use her Fulbright Scholarship to visit the Radio Astronomy Systems Research Group at BYU in Utah to collaborate with their experts in phased-array antennas and strengthen a research collaboration between Australia and the U.S. The project aim is to develop novel techniques for large-scale phased array electromagnetic analysis that will improve the quality of radio astronomy imaging. The results of this research will contribute to advances in SKA data processing pipelines and ultimately, bring us closer to unveiling the mysteries of the evolution of the universe.

Dr Emily Lester Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionAustralian Institute of Marine Science
Host InstitutionUniversity of Hawai'i at Manoa
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMarine Science
Award Year2022

Emily is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, where her research focuses on the role of predators in coral reefs. She is particularly interested in how the presence of sharks alters important behaviours of fishes and developing novel methods to quantify the ecological impacts of these behavioural shifts. During her Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Emily will work with Dr. Elizabeth Madin at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa to examine the influence of predator populations on herbivorous fishes using vegetation patterns on coral reefs called ‘grazing halos’. She will use a combination of satellite imagery and fish survey data to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of fishing on grazing halo size within the context of environmental variation, advancing ecological theory and informing coral reef conservation.

Laura Elizabeth Lilly PhD Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionScripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Host InstitutionUniversity of Queensland/University of New South Wales
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineOceanography
Award Year2022

Laura is an oceanographer who recently completed her PhD at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and currently works as a postdoctoral scholar jointly with Oregon State University and the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Her research focuses on zooplankton community shifts in the California Current System in response to El Niño events and the more recent onset of frequent and persistent Marine Heatwaves. In Australia, Laura will be studying recent outbreaks (“blooms”) of an oceanic plankton know as pyrosomes. She will be characterizing the oceanographic conditions that cause pyrosome blooms, comparing them to similar recent blooms in the California Current, and incorporating pyrosomes into food web models to determine potential impacts of blooms on fisheries, coastal human infrastructure, and biological carbon export.

Meg McFetridge Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionCornell University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineStem Cell Biophysics
Award Year2021

Meg is a final year PhD candidate at Monash University creating stem cell environments to build healthy organs and tissues. After researching stem cell behaviour on hydrogel surfaces at the University of Western Australia, she moved to Victoria to pursue a PhD developing hydrogels to deliver stem cells as a potential treatment for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Understanding the relationship between stems cells and their physical environment is critical for developing new stem cell therapies for diseases like CKD.

As a Fulbright Scholar at Cornell University Meg will use state of the art mechano-microscopy to investigate what stem cells can sense in their surroundings. Her goal is to use this knowledge to design artificial environments that guide stem cells to rebuild healthy bodies. Ultimately, with her Fulbright Future Scholarship Meg plans to leverage fundamental stem cell biology to progress towards safe, effective and accessible stem cell therapies.

Dr Wesley Moss Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionNorth Carolina State University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineAgricultural Engineering
Award Year2022

Wesley is an engineer, researcher and educator who is passionate about leveraging technology to create a sustainable future, particularly in the areas of agriculture and food security. Wesley recently completed a PhD at The University of Western Australia (UWA), developing sustainable approaches for pasture seed harvesting. A founding member of UWA’s Centre for Engineering Innovation: Agriculture and Ecological Restoration, Wesley hopes to positively contribute to food production in his career. Wesley is excited to continue to address issues facing agriculture during the Fulbright program, where he will investigate innovative and sustainable weed control technologies for Australian and US conditions.

Dr Muhammad Tariq Nazir Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionThe University of Alabama in Huntsville
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship (Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship), Funded by RMIT University
DisciplineHigh Voltage Systems Monitoring
Award Year2022

Muhammad received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in 2018 and currently works there as a research assistant. His research interests include high voltage systems, electrical insulating materials, condition monitoring of power system equipment, and fire-retardant materials. He also serves as associate editor of High Voltage and Applied Nanoscience journals. He is a Professional Engineer member of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Advance HE, UK. Moreover, he has been a guest speaker at 22nd International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering (ISH-2021).

As a Fulbright Scholar, Muhammad will collaborate with experts at Power Systems Insulation Laboratory at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. The severity of wildfires is increasing with the significant changes in the climate conditions, especially in Australia and America. One of the major contributors to the ignition of wildfires is the catastrophic failure of overhead powerlines and wood poles top fires. In this project, he aims to develop an innovative far-reaching coating solution to protect powerlines from fires.

Dr Shruti Nirantar Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionRMIT University
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology and NASA Ames Research Center
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNanoelectronics and Nanofabrication
Award Year2022

Shruti is a postdoctoral research fellow at RMIT University, Australia. Her work focuses on silicon-free nanoelectronics. The primary interest is the nanoscale air channel devices. For her work on metal-air devices, she was named the Most Innovative Engineers of Australia by Engineers Australia and received Young Scientist Award (2nd place) by the Royal Society of Victoria, Australia, and Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Research Excellence by RMIT University, Australia. She will be visiting two pioneering and leading research group in USA to expand her work on the air channel devices to address the needs of high-performance Space and Future electronics.

Donna-Marie Palakiko PhD, RN, APRN Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Hawai'i at Manoa
Host InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by The University of Newcastle
DisciplineIndigenous Health Disparities
Award Year2022

Donna-Marie is a Native Hawaiian mother, health strategist, community-based researcher, nurse, and Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of community-based participatory research and non-profit experience including health care administration and workforce development. She is committed to addressing social determinants of health among indigenous people through the development of culturally safe health interventions. As a Fulbright Scholar, Donna-Marie will partner with experts in lung health and indigenous researchers to understand the role and influence culture has on asthma outcomes among indigenous people.

Dr Joseph Pegler Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Newcastle
Host InstitutionUniversity of Minnesota
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePlant Molecular Biology
Award Year2021

Joseph is a Postdoctoral Scientist who aims to better understand molecular pathways in plants for development of higher yielding crops and climate change resilient crops. As high yielding crop varieties are reaching their yield limitation, increases in yield often stem from the long-standing and unsustainable practice of clearing biodiverse rich ecosystems for the cultivation of additional crops, largely contributing to the global carbon footprint. Therefore, increasing our current understanding of molecular pathways which underpin plant yield is critical for the development of higher yielding crops, an essential quantum leap required to achieve food security while reducing environmental damage.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Joseph will move toward a holistic understanding of how photosynthetically produced sugar is delivered to plant tissue incapable of photosynthesis, a fundamental process which is a key determinant of crop yield in both cereal crops and grain legumes.

Dr Aaron Pereira Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Adelaide
Host InstitutionNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEngineering
Award Year2021

Aaron is a research fellow with the millimeter and terahertz research group at University of Adelaide. His research investigates emerging semiconductor technologies for space applications. He has been collaborating with researchers from US and Europe to develop high efficiency sensors and communications systems for use in hostile environments.

As a Fulbright scholar, Aaron will pursue research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he will explore next generation of sensors to detect subsurface water on Moon, Mars, and other planetary bodies.

Dr Stirling Roberton Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionCSIRO
Host InstitutionUnited States Department of Agriculture
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineSoil Science
Award Year2022

“My Fulbright research aims to identify the impact of soil constraints on the American Agricultural industry and advance novel approaches to help farmers better diagnose farm-specific limitations to production. My time spent at The United States Department of Agriculture will provide me with the skills and experiences to build game-changing soil analytics for Australian farmers.”

Stirling is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland. Stirling’s area of research is focused on applying Digital Soil Mapping techniques at the sub-field scale to help farmers and advisors better manage their variable soils. He is particularly interested in developing approaches to help farmers spatially identify which of their soils offer the greatest potential for improvement through the implementation of soil amelioration strategies. .

During his Fulbright Scholarship, Stirling will work with Dr Ken Sudduth at The United States Department of Agriculture to identify the impact of soil constraints on the American Agricultural industry.

Dr.Behnam Sadeghi Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionCarnegie Institution for Science, Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL)
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineGeosciences
Award Year2022

Behnam is a Geoscientist at the University of Sydney. His research is focused on mathematical and computational geosciences applied to exploration geochemistry through which he integrates GIS, data science, geomathematics, and geostatistics and simulations, to develop new advanced and efficient decision-making models to discover new mineral deposits considering the associated uncertainties. He will be hosted by Carnegie Institution for Science, Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Washington, D.C., USA, which has close collaborations with NASA. Therefore the outcomes of this project could potentially be applied to the exploration of mineral deposits and resources on other planets (e.g., Mars) in the future.

Dr Fatemeh Salehi Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMacquarie University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Michigan
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEngineering
Award Year2021

Fatemeh is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Engineering and Co-Director of Sustainable Energy Research Centre (SERC) at Macquarie University. Her research focuses on developing computational models for turbulent flows to advance clean energy technologies.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Fatemeh will spend four months at the world-class clean energy laboratory at the University of Michigan to create a new cost-effective computer tool for modelling spray flows in combustion devices. This will assist the design of engines with extremely low emissions. The significance of such accurate spray models will also benefit other applications, notably flame spray pyrolysis for nanoparticle synthesis and inhalers. Her aim is to take this opportunity for establishing a sustainable bilateral partnership between Macquarie University and the University of Michigan at the institutional level that will facilitate collaboration in the field of clean energy beyond the timeframe of this project.

Dr Annabel Sorby-Adams Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Adelaide
Host InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMedicine
Award Year2021

Annabel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge with a keen interest in neuroscience. Following completion of her PhD at the University of Adelaide, Annabel’s research throughout her doctorate and in her current role is focused on the mechanisms underlying stroke – a devastating disease which affects more than 17 million people worldwide annually. To reduce death and disability, prompt diagnosis of stroke is imperative. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful modality for diagnosis, however, limitations to conventional systems exist, significantly reducing the number of people who are able to receive timely services.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Annabel seeks to advance and validate ‘low-field’ MRI, an innovative technology which endeavours to provide an inexpensive, mobile and safe system to enhance the timely diagnosis of stroke. Annabel hopes advancing this promising technology and establishing binational collaborations will help to expedite the diagnosis and treatment of stroke in Australia.

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 Elise Stephenson Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Washington
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by Monash University
DisciplineGender and International Relations
Award Year2022

Elise is a multi award-winning gender and international relations scholar, social entrepreneur, and Research Fellow in the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at the Australian National University. She is a collaborative leader dedicated to excellence and innovation, recognized by Google, Deloitte and Energy Australia as one of Australia’s Top 50 Outstanding LGBTIQ+ Leaders, the United Nations Australia Association as a Community Awardee, and as Griffith University’s Overall Outstanding Young Alumni for 2020, with the Chancellor’s and University Medal for Excellence in Research. Elise is a 2022 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar, focusing on “Women at the Frontier: Diversity in Space”.

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.

Hannah M. Twiddy Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionOld Dominion University
Host InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Funded by the University of Newcastle
DisciplineGenerational Health and Aging
Award Year2022

Hannah is completing her PhD in Human Movement Science and Certificate in Global Health at Old Dominion University. Her research focus lies in investigating tools to properly assess healthy aging. Recently, Hannah compared the perspectives of successful-healthy aging with older adults in Costa Rica and the U.S. She will use this data as a guide to inquire further into extended periods of good health for prevention of age-related or noncommunicable disease across cultures. This exploration into perspectives of healthy aging from multiple countries will expand the concept, experience, and environment of successful-healthy aging.

Melissa Ward Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of California, Davis
Host InstitutionBlue Carbon Lab, Deakin University
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Funded by Deakin University
DisciplineMarine Science
Award Year2021

Melissa recently graduated from University of California, Davis with her Ph.D. in Marine Ecology, where she studied how coastal habitats can serve to mitigate climate change. In particular, she investigated how seagrass meadows mitigate ocean acidification through photosynthesis – making it easier for oysters and other calcifying organisms to live in or near meadows.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Melissa will conduct related work on climate change solutions with Dr Peter Macreadie’s Blue Carbon Lab at Deakin University in Melbourne for ten months. Specifically, she will investigate how Australia’s mangroves, seagrass meadows, and tidal marshes sequester and store carbon in their underlying sediment for millennia. By reducing atmospheric CO2, these habitats serve to combat the impacts of climate change on coastal economies and environments. Melissa also plans to use her time in Australia to develop her international network and gain new perspectives on climate policy outside the U.S.

Dr Ruby J. Wright Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionFlatiron Institute, Center for Computational Astrophysics
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineAstrophysics
Award Year2022

Ruby is a computational astrophysicist, interested in understanding how galaxies like our own Milky Way form and evolve. To do so, she uses computer-generated “mini-Universes” that can be analysed in ways that the real Universe cannot. These tools form an imperative framework with which astronomers can interpret results from cutting-edge observational facilities. As a Fulbright scholar, Ruby will work with world-leading experts to understand the differences between state-of-the-art galaxy formation simulations. Her work will maximise the physical insight to be gained from the next generation of telescope facilities, such as the Square Kilometer Array and James Webb Space Telescope.

Dr Salvador Zarco-Perello Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMurdoch University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California Santa Barbara/University of New Hampshire
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMarine Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Award Year2022

“The integration of trophic ecology and management strategies for biodiversity conservation and sustainability has been generally overlooked worldwide. This project will advance our understanding about the interactions between these elements while exploring possible solutions for the consequences of climate change on the functioning and ecosystem’s services provided by kelp forests.”

Salvador is a marine biologist interested in understanding the function of marine ecosystems under different environments. Currently Salvador is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Murdoch University researching the trophic networks of marine ecosystems in Western Australia. As a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar, Salvador will collaborate with the research groups of Professor Jenn Caselle (UCSB) and Dr. Easton White (UNH) to analyze the relationship between trophic dynamics, resource management strategies and ecological services of the giant kelp forests of California in current and future environmental conditions.

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 R. Beattie Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Award NameFulbright ACT Scholarship, Funded by the ACT Government
DisciplineAstronomy and Astrophysics
Award Year2022

James is a theoretical astrophysicist and PhD candidate at the Australian National University. He studies many aspects of the turbulent interstellar medium — the birthplace of stars in the modern Universe — by running some of the largest supercomputer simulations in the world and developing analytical, mathematical models involving turbulent, magnetised plasma dynamics. James has broad research interests and has collaborated upon studies in ecology, robotics vision, solar physics, cosmic ray dynamics, magnetic dynamo and interstellar medium physics. He is passionate about inspiring the next generation in STEM and helps run the Young Stars science outreach program in Canberra, which provides inspiring science discussions and activities for kids across Canberra.

As a Fulbright scholar, James will collaborate with Prof. Brant Robertson and Dr Philip Mocz at the University of California Santa Cruz and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, respectively, to understand the connections between local sites of star formation and the large-scale, observable properties of star-forming gas.

Dr Victoria (Tori) Berquist Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineHealth Policy and Financing
Award Year2021

Tori is a doctor and consultant passionate about reducing healthcare inequality in Australia. She has spent her early career exploring Australia’s health system from a range of perspectives, including as a clinician, director of a community health service, advisor to government and as a consultant to public and private hospital systems in Australia.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Tori will study a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School with a specific focus on health policy and funding models. She aims to find and eventually implement ways to incentivise the healthcare system in Australia at a systems level to move towards more equitable, innovative, and connected models of care. Through doing so, Tori aims to help influence and improve health outcomes for all Australians, including our most vulnerable

Eli Scott Bieri Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionNorthern Michigan University
Host InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiology
Award Year2022

Eli is an amphibian biologist committed to using data to inform management decisions to produce positive conservation outcomes. While completing a Biology degree at Northern Michigan University, Eli led research projects and conservation initiatives around North and South America. He is currently working on a project that aims to better understand poison frog behavior in Peru. As a Fulbright Scholar, Eli is studying amphibian responses to Australian bushfires in the context of deadly amphibian disease. He is excited to use this opportunity to learn from both Australian and American researchers about effective fire management and conservation techniques.

Katja Bignall-Daly Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAboriginal Legal Rights Movement / The University of Adelaide
Host InstitutionFordham University
Award NameFulbright South Australia Scholarship
DisciplineLaw and Justice
Award Year2022

Katja is a criminal defence lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement servicing some of the most remote areas of South Australia. She is committed to exploration of the institutional power abuses which hinder the administration of justice and the protection of human rights, particularly through the lens of Aboriginal affairs within the Australian context. Her project seeks to research the potential for law reform to ensure Indigenous Australians, particularly residents in remote communities, will have culturally relevant access to the justice system and equal enjoyment of rights and self-determination.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Katja plans to study a Masters of Law at New York University. She looks forward to gaining knowledge through research in Native American Nation building for self-governance and expanded jurisdiction; and returning insights towards ensuring equitable access to justice and empowerment for Indigenous Australians.

Thomas Boak Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineForeign Policy/Geo-economics
Award Year2021

Thomas is a Policy Officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), working to deliver Australia’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and ensure the federal government’s policy settings evolve with the rapidly changing regional environment. He has previously worked at a China think tank, as an election monitor in Timor-Leste, at and oil and gas company, in remote Indigenous communities, and in the Royal Australian Air Force. Before joining DFAT, Thomas was an Adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, with a focus on trade, national security and China policy.

While undertaking a Master of Public Administration at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Thomas will specialise in foreign policy and geo-economics. In particular, Thomas aims to develop a model for addressing narrow supply chains for critical minerals, such as rare earth elements.

Samuel Bolland Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionHarvard Medical School/Northeastern University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiomedical Engineering
Award Year2022

“My Fulbright research aims to develop a ground-breaking neural technology that non-invasively stimulates deep regions of the brain and provides treatment for debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression.”

Sam is a PhD candidate investigating how non-invasive brain stimulation can be used to develop neuroplasticity-based treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Sam will assist Professor Sydney S. Cash and Professor Nian X. Sun and their teams at Harvard Medical School and Northeastern University respectively to develop a novel non-invasive deep brain stimulation device.

In the future, Sam wishes to establish pathways for other professionals to develop new technology and treatments using the vast amount of neuroscience data created by our research institutions in an effort to benefit disadvantaged Australians living with neuropsychiatric disorders.

William Bruffey Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionNew York University
Award NameFulbright Sir John Carrick NSW Scholarship
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2022

William is a lawyer at the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He holds a BA/LLB (Hons 1) from the University of New South Wales, where he was the President of the Student Representative Council. He was a Tipstaff in the Supreme Court of NSW, before working as a criminal defence lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service and Legal Aid in Western New South Wales.

As the Fulbright Sir John Carrick NSW Scholar, William will build on his prosecution and defence experience to undertake a Master of Laws, specialising in criminal justice. He will study the causes of and solutions to wrongful convictions and mass-incarceration, and how disadvantaged people can receive a fair trial when charged with serious crimes.

Haidyn Bulen Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionArizona State University
Host InstitutionHofer laboratory, University of Sydney
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNeuroscience
Award Year2021

Haidyn completed a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology at Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University in 2020. Her current research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive neurodegenerative disease. Currently, no effective treatments exist to combat neurodegenerative diseases, making them a pressing public health issue as well as a devastating burden on both the individual and the family members. As a Fulbright Scholar, Haidyn will complete a Master of Philosophy (science) in Dr Markus Hofer’s laboratory at the University of Sydney, where she will investigate the role of two inflammatory factors in a number of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Through the Fulbright Future Scholarship, she hopes to elucidate novel therapeutic drug candidates for debilitating diseases in which neuroinflammation appears to be playing a causative role.

Una Corbett Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionHarvard University
Host InstitutionWestern Sydney University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Funded by Western Sydney University
DisciplineHistory and Literature
Award Year2021

Una is a senior at the Harvard Kennedy School studying History and Literature on the American Studies track with a citation in Spanish. Her studies focus on American women’s and feminist history. She is from the New York suburbs and currently studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in the English and History departments. On campus, she is a College Fellow with Resistance School, an online activist training platform run by Kennedy School graduates, and a member of the Harvard College Democrats. She is also involved in feminist advocacy work with the Seneca, Inc. and Strong Women Strong Girls, and works as an HSA tutor and in the Cambridge Queenshead Pub. Una grew her research, writing, and political organizing skills in the office of the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Joshua Crowe Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineReal Estate Development
Award Year2022

Josh has extensive property industry experience at the executive level, primarily focused on delivering entry-level affordable housing at scale. The building sector currently accounts for 38% of all energy-related CO2 and housing affordability is at further risk should a carbon price be applied to construction materials and energy use. Josh is focused on driving a technologically progressive development ecosystem with emergent energy-efficient design and engineering practices, and decarbonised construction methodologies. His present experience as co-founder of an automation software company applying emerging research to defence and cyber needs allows him to view property through an uncommonly technological lens.

Jennifer Sarah Darmody Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineSports Law and Human Rights
Award Year2022

As a female athlete and lawyer, Jennifer has witnessed the impact of gender discrimination and abuse in sport and knows that much needs to change. Having graduated from the Australian National University with First Class Honours in Law, she worked as a tipstaff at the NSW Supreme Court before working as a lawyer at a top tier law firm. Struggling to find purpose in her work she resigned to pursue life as an athlete and to teach law at the Australian National University where she where she received the 2019 Award for Excellence in Tutoring and was nominated for the 2020 Vice Chancellor’s Teacher’s Award. In 2021 she lectured in Equity at Sydney University Law School.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Jennifer will study an LLM to evolve as a lawyer in the civil and human rights movement for women, transgender and minority athletes. She intends to return to Australia to lecture on the intersect between sports law and human rights and to establish the first student-run pro bono program for athletes in Australia.

Sarah Davis Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Northern Territory Scholarship, Funded by Charles Darwin University, NT Government and Blackboard Inc.
DisciplineScience Policy
Award Year2022

Sarah graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelors of Advanced Science with First Class Honours and Arts with Distinction. During university, Sarah undertook research at the Garvan Institute and worked and studied in China and Singapore. After this, she was a consultant where her work focused on strategy and reform in the public sector. She is passionate about social equity and currently works in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory where she has created the first high school STEM mentoring program for the NT. Sarah believes strongly in Australia’s potential as a modern, 21st century scientific society and she will use her Fulbright scholarship to explore public and private sector mechanisms to accelerate the capture and translation of scientific and technological advances from the laboratory to Australian society.

James Dingley Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Western Australia Scholarship/Fulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineSpace Systems Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Award Year2021

James is an engineer, entrepreneur, and educator passionate about Australia’s role in space exploration and sustainable commercialisation of the final frontier. He is especially excited about the colonisation of Mars but believes Australia’s shortterm focus should be on the utilisation of satellite technology through the design and launch of its own sovereign satellite constellation. James completed an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and Finance from the University of Western Australia where he co-founded and lead the UWA Aerospace rocketry team. He has worked closely with academics and industry to further develop Western Australia’s space capabilities. James’ research experience includes microgravity test platforms, supersonic jet noise reduction, satellite constellation design, and Martian laser communications. James is creator and host of the popular engineering YouTube channel ‘Atomic Frontier’.

James will use his Fulbright Scholarship to strengthen institutional and industrial relations between the Australian and American space sectors. He will continue to inspire the next generation of engineers required for the colonisation of Mars and beyond

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.

Lucy Milani Fasano Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionDavidson College
Host InstitutionMacquarie University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplinePsychology
Award Year2022

“My Fulbright research aims to develop a method of eliminating implicit bias using embodiment in virtual environments. Specifically, I plan to use virtual reality to help eliminate specific implicit biases against women that contribute to the victim-blaming of sexual violence survivors.”

Lucy is a J.D. candidate at Duke University School of Law. While at Davidson College, she investigated the impact of popular media on rape myth acceptance using pupil dilation and eye/mouse tracking. Her research demonstrated that a person’s bias towards survivors of sexual violence impacts how he watches media depictions of sexual violence. As a Fulbright Scholar, Lucy will investigate whether embodiment in virtual environments can reduce bias in the context of sexual violence. By placing a man in the avatar of a woman, she hopes to reduce implicit bias by giving male participants the illusion of having a female identity.

Kathleen Garland Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Michigan, Dearborn
Award NameFulbright Victoria Scholarship
DisciplineEvolutionary Biology
Award Year2022

Kate is a PhD candidate at Monash University, Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland and a double degree from the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology. Throughout her education in science, Kate became fascinated by growth processes underpinning the evolution of the diverse morphological adaptations across the tree of life. For her PhD, Kate is studying how one such universal model of growth may determine the evolution of bird beak shape.

As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Kate aims to reveal how the primordial chicken beak shape is formed by a universal model of growth and how that shape is then maintained or altered from embryogenesis to adulthood. This study is unique in its pursuit to understand a growth process across multiple areas of science, including mathematics, genetics and morphology.

Alison Gill Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Adelaide
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Berkeley
Award NameFulbright South Australia Scholarship (Supported by a grant from the Government of South Australia)/Fulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePlant Science
Award Year2021

Alison is passionate about sustainable agriculture and climate change. Alison’s PhD research focuses on the drought tolerance and water-use efficiency of industrial hemp. Research is desperately needed to establish whether hemp has a place in low wateruse cropping systems, such as those in southern Australia and California. While the Australian hemp industry is only just developing, the U.S. industry is far more established.

Through her Fulbright Scholarship, Alison hopes to gain valuable knowledge on hemp agronomy that can be used to guide the industry in Australia, as well as establish lasting collaborations between the University of Adelaide and the University of California, Berkeley. The research will assist in understanding implications of water availability on hemp production and will investigate how agroecology approaches can address future challenges. As hemp is notoriously under-researched, this research has the potential to be a game-changer for the Australian agricultural industry.

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.

Myfanwy Graham Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Host InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
Award NameFulbright New South Wales Scholarship
DisciplinePublic Health Policy
Award Year2021

Myfanwy is the principal specialist medicines information pharmacist of the New South Wales Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service (CMAS), an innovative NSW Government-funded cannabis medicines advisory service for health professionals. She is also an affiliate researcher with the Australian Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE). Myfanwy works with researchers, regulatory bodies and health professionals to facilitate the translation of research into clinical practice. She has collaboratively developed several medicinal cannabis research projects and contributed to a suite of NSW cannabis medicine prescribing guidance documents.

As a Fulbright scholar, Myfanwy will be based at the University of Southern California. Myfanwy’s Fulbright research will explore medicinal cannabis policy and patient outcomes in the United States of America and Australia, an area that is of interest to patients, health professionals, policymakers, and the broader community.

Audrée Grand'Pierre Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionBowdoin College
Host InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineClinical Psychology
Award Year2022

“My Fulbright research aims to further deepen the understanding of minority experiences through the lens of mental health to create innovative ways for the psychology community to challenge racial inequalities and promote inclusion and diversity in all aspects of the field.”

Audrée is a researcher working towards a better understanding of minority experiences in the treatment of mental health to create innovative ways for the psychology community to challenge racial inequalities and promote inclusion and diversity in all aspects of the field. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Visual Arts, and Anthropology from Bowdoin College and has clinical experience from the Maine Medical Research Institute. Blending her Psychology and Anthropology studies, Audrée gained a unique perspective of looking into psychological phenomena through the lens of an anthropologist looking at how cultural and social factors influence the ‘why’ of human behavior. Her undergraduate studies fuel her curiosity in exploring how psychological research techniques can be used to investigate systemic racism issues often overlooked in mainstream psychological research.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Audrée will be beginning her first year of her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Queensland. Specifically, her thesis will look into a lesser-explored, subtler form of prejudice within interracial encounters where minority group members often feel pressure to perform in a certain positive way to appease majority audiences and overcompensate for negative stereotypes about their race. Their emotional labor, she suggests, can lead to debilitating minority burnout, and psychological distress. Long term, Audrée hopes to one day start a coalition of licensed professionals to provide free mental health care to low-income and uninsured minority patients statistically less likely to seek mental health care in mainstream facilities.

Marcella Hager Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionYale University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineUrban Planning
Award Year2021

Marcella is an urban planner, who is passionate about the ability for urban planning mechanisms to better the world – environmentally, socially and economically. She is particularly interested in how environmental planning policy can improve the sustainability of urban food systems. Marcella’s previous research has investigated the relationship between cities and their food systems, and how planning policy can either inhibit or improve the sustainability of urban food systems.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Marcella will pursue a Master of Environmental Management. In doing so, Marcella will learn from experts how to responsibly manage the environmental systems that sustain our cities, and how to develop responsive public policy. Upon completion of her degree, Marcella hopes to establish a network where professionals engaged in the sustainable food system can collaborate with US and Australian counterparts.

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.

Nicholas Harvey-Doyle Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Host InstitutionNew York University
Award NameFulbright Indigenous Scholarship, Funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency
DisciplineMedia, Culture and Communication
Award Year2022

Nick Harvey-Doyle is a descendant of the Anaiwan People from the Northern Tablelands of NSW and is passionate about undertaking work that creates a more culturally diverse and inclusive Australia. Since graduating from the University of Newcastle with degrees in Arts and Law, Nick has worked in corporate law, business development, and most recently as an Account Director at First Nations social change and communications agency, Cox Inall Ridgeway. Through this work Nick advises various government, corporate and third sector clients on a range of Indigenous Affairs projects.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Nick will examine the intersection of media, culture and communication through a global lens to understand how these cyclical relationships can be better managed to break down systemic racism in mainstream media.

Professor Clare Heal Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionJames Cook University
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiostatistics/Epidemiology/Clinical Research Methods
Award Year2022

Clare is academic lead in General Practice for James Cook University, based at the Rural Clinical School in Mackay, and a practicing GP. Her research has a strong focus on meeting the needs of rural, remote and tropical populations and she is an International leader in primary care research. She will complete a Masters program in biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods. She plans to return to her community and continue to increase local research capacity by delivery of research training and mentorship, as well as leading the development of regionally based, primary care led, low cost
clinical trials.
Clare is passionate about improving health outcomes for underserved communities. Core to this is increasing research capacity in Rural and Regional North Queensland. Her Fulbright scholarship will equip her with the skills required to increase local research expertise, strengthen existing and emerging projects and nurture grass root research ideas.

Lauren Suzanne Heller Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionBerea College
Host InstitutionWestern Sydney University
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy, Funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2022

In 2018, Lauren graduated from Berea College with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science and a minor in Business Administration. During her time there, she became interested in the field of genetics and public health. This led Lauren to pursue her current role as a Clinical Translational Research Coordinator at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in the Division of Pediatric Medical Genetics. At Vanderbilt, she works to improve the lives of patients with complex and intriguing genetic disorders, such as Achondroplasia, Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorder, Angelman Syndrome, and Phenylketonuria. Through her Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship, Lauren will attend Western Sydney University, where she will pursue a Master of Public Health degree. She will focus her studies on Public Health and its impact on marginalized populations in Australia. Lauren will also study Australia’s hybrid healthcare system and its history with Indigenous, migrant, and refugee populations.

Adam Hines Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Pennsylvania
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineNeuroscience
Award Year2022

Adam is a neuroscience PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, studying the way general anaesthesia allows complex surgeries to proceed safely and painlessly. General anaesthetic drugs have been used for over 150 years, however we still do not completely understand how they work.

Adam’s Fulbright Scholarship will take him to the University of Pennsylvania to work with Professor Roderic Eckenhoff and his team of experts in general anaesthesia to unravel how these drugs affect neurons at the molecular scale. Upon returning from the US, Adam will use his new skills to undertake translational, multidisciplinary neuroscience research in Australia.

Kahlia Hogg Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Colorado, Boulder
Host InstitutionDuke University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineComputer Science/Artificial Intelligence
Award Year2022

Kahlia is an engineer and professional women’s footballer. As a student scholar-athlete at the University of Colorado, Kahlia graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering. With a passion for AI-driven social change, Kahlia is now focused on AI engineering and utilising human-centred artificial intelligence to address climate change and inequality. Her passion for equality was instilled from a young age while growing up in the Pacific. As a Fulbright Scholar, Kahlia will undertake a Master of Computer Science in Artificial Intelligence. By engaging with academic and industry leaders at the forefront of AI innovation, she hopes to contribute to the development of AI for social good and be an active advocate for women in AI.

Eric Huang Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of Sydney
Host InstitutionUniversity of Maryland
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePhysics
Award Year2021

Eric majored in physics, mathematics and civil engineering at the University of Sydney. From his undergraduate research collaborations, he coauthored publications on atomic physics, quantum error correction, diamond nanostructures and granular mechanics. After graduating with the University Medal, he worked as an engineer and data scientist designing structures and developing innovative tools on railways such as Sydney Metro and Auckland CRL. He is finishing the PSI masters program at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, an intense one-year overview of modern theoretical physics with a research component.

Through the Fulbright Future Scholarship, he will pursue a PhD in physics at the University of Maryland. He hopes to help build and understand technologies that directly exploit the quantum nature of our universe, such as quantum computers. If such devices prove both scalable and error-resistant, they can outperform our fastest supercomputers in solving certain complex problems at scale, some of which will alleviate our most pressing challenges by yielding vast improvements in healthcare, agriculture and industry.

Oliver Johnson Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Australian National University
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineElectrical Engineering
Award Year2021

Oliver is an electrical engineer with a deep interest in developing medical technology that can improve people’s lives. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development) / Bachelor of Science at the Australian National University with First Class Honours and the University Medal in 2018. He is currently working at Cochlear, where he contributes to the development of implantable electronics for future cochlear implants. He has previously completed a research internship in biomedical optics at Harvard Medical School.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Oliver will study a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He will specialise in machine learning, supplementing his existing electronics and neural prosthetics experience. As medical devices show considerable promise to be transformed by machine learning methods, this further study will enable him to be a leader in this area, and to establish partnerships that facilitate the development of new medical devices

Joelle Kim Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionBaylor University
Host InstitutionPeter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineCancer Immunology
Award Year2022

Joelle received her Bachelor of Science from Baylor University, concentrating in biochemistry and genetics. Through scientific research at Baylor and beyond, she was amazed by the potential for modern biological technologies to revolutionize healthcare. In particular, she is interested in harnessing the power of the immune system to target cancer, and she aspires to make novel contributions for cancer medicine as a physician scientist.

For her Fulbright project, Joelle will work with Dr. Paul Beavis and Prof. Phil Darcy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to engineer T cells that directly engage the host immune system and enhance immune activation against solid cancers, such as breast cancer and melanoma. She is hopeful that this research will contribute valuable insights into clinical applications and benefit Australian and American health in the universal fight against cancer.

Dr Ned Latham Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionBurnet Institute
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Health (Epidemiology)
Award Year2021

Ned is a medical doctor and public health researcher. He holds a first-class honours degree from Monash University for research conducted at the Burnet Institute evaluating rapid, point-of-care hepatitis C testing at needle syringe programs. Alongside full-time clinical practice, Ned has continued to conduct research at the Burnet Institute, where he is currently leading a review commissioned by the World Health Organization. An aspiring public health physician since medical school, Ned was the 2017 recipient of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine’s John Snow Prize. He is currently a Medical Lead within the Victorian Department of Health’s COVID-19 Intelligence, Case Contact and Outbreak Management Team.

Ned will use his two years at Columbia University to further develop technical expertise in epidemiology and public health leadership. He plans to commence public health speciality training upon his return to Australia and continue working on reducing barriers to healthcare for stigmatised populations.

Yiling Liu Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionMayo Clinic
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineCancer Biology / Materials Chemistry
Award Year2022

Yiling is a PhD candidate working in collaboration with the Laboratory for Advanced Biomaterials & Matrix Engineering and the Centre of Macromolecular Design at the University of New South Wales. She has a strong interest in using tissue engineering to improve the understanding of growth and progression in cancer. She believes this will improve the matching of patients to therapeutics with a high probability of being efficacious for their disease subtype. Her doctoral research aims to create tissue engineered melanoma models that replicate patient tumour characteristics for the development of therapies that attenuate resistance and disrupt metastatic processes.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Yiling will extend her research at the Cancer Biology and Translational Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida. She aims to develop a microtumour array with patient derived cells for high-throughput evaluation of novel cancer therapies including nanomedicines, biomedicines, and combinational drug therapies.

Jadzia Livingston Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionCalifornia Institute of Technology
Host InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMicrobiology
Award Year2021

Jadzia is a microbiologist interested in applying microbiological techniques and knowledge to large scale problems facing humanity, such as public health and climate change. For the past four years, she has worked in the Newman Lab at Caltech, developing fluorescence imaging methods to detect gene expression variation in bacterial pathogens in chronic infections. She has also worked at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, helping facilitate the Microbial Diversity course.

In her Fulbright project, Jadzia will work with Professor Madeleine van Oppen and Professor Linda Blackall to study coral algae that have been cultivated to survive at higher temperatures. Jadzia plans to study the associated microbiota of the algae to determine whether they are responsible for that increased heat tolerance. She will use her findings to contribute to novel strategies for reef preservation.

Dr Honor Magon Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMetro South Health/The University of Queensland
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineClinical Informatics
Award Year2022

Honor is a doctor who is passionate about improving the lives of healthcare workers through digital innovation. She has carved her own path by being the first digital health junior doctor for Metro South Health, uncovering frontline clinician needs and translating them to digital solutions. Honor is also working towards specialist qualifications in Occupational and Environmental Medicine through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Here, she helps organisations realise the health benefits of good work, through creating physically and psychologically safe workplaces. Honor will be studying a Master of Clinical Informatics Management to be a part of the next wave of Australia’s digital health leaders.

Rameen Hayat Malik Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of Sydney
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy, Funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment
DisciplineEnergy Policy
Award Year2022

Rameen graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws. She is currently a policy officer at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources working on the energy transition and electricity market reform in Australia. Rameen is also deeply passionate about creating spaces for diverse communities in STEM, the arts and sports by working closely with community organisations such as the Bankstown Poetry Slam and Swim Sisters.

As a Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholar, Rameen will study a Master of Public Policy, with a specialisation in energy. Rameen aims to cast a multidisciplinary lens on the transition to a low-emissions electricity sector with a focus on energy justice, emerging energy technologies and data driven policy development. Rameen hopes to apply this learning to help shape the future of Australian energy policy and drive equitable and sustainable outcomes. Rameen will also use her time in the US to learn from minority run organisations working to increase diverse representation in STEM and the arts.

Eamonn William McKenna Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionQueensland University of Technology
Host InstitutionUniversity of Arizona
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineTissue Engineering
Award Year2022

Eamonn is a tissue engineering PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology developing an exciting breakthrough treatment to heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers. In addition to his research, Eamonn works as a business analyst for a MedTech venture capital fund where he evaluates emerging medical technologies for heart and lung diseases. As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Eamonn will undertake a project at the University of Arizona that compares breakthrough treatments for Diabetic Foot Ulcer repair. The Fulbright Future Scholarship will allow Eamonn to access world-class expertise, networks, and infrastructure, as well as formally establish a partnership for ongoing collaboration.

“My Fulbright research will compare breakthrough treatments for Diabetic Foot Ulcer repair, with the aim of identifying the most effective strategy for wound healing. After identifying the optimal treatment, our collaborative partnership will seek to use the world-class expertise, networks, and infrastructure available to accelerate translation and undertake clinical trials.”

Daniel Meza Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionNew Jersey Institute of Technology
Host InstitutionMacquarie University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineDesign
Award Year2021

Daniel is a visual artist focused on exploring the intersection between art, design, and science. Recently, his work has focused on expression of organic growth across varying mediums. This has manifested as both digital simulations of organism growth in 3D space as well as integration of live organic matter (most commonly slime mold) into furniture.

With the Fulbright Future Scholarship, Daniel will work with the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University to continue developing methods for integration and preservation of slime mold into sculptural furniture pieces. The aim of this work is to dissect the current relationship between humans and nature as expressed through product design and art, while also exploring development of new, sustainable materials.

Jane Millward Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineElectrical Engineering
Award Year2022

Jane recently completed her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours Class I at the University of New South Wales. She is interested in signal processing and stochastic control in defence applications, in particular in radar systems. Jane has interned with cybersecurity company Penten and the Department of Defence. As a Fulbright Scholar, Jane will pursue a PhD in electrical engineering specialising in signal processing and stochastic control research.

Ariane Moore Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Tasmania
Host InstitutionThe University of Texas at Austin
Award NameFulbright Tasmania Scholarship, Funded by the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government
DisciplinePhilosophy of Religion
Award Year2022

Ariane Moore is a PhD candidate in philosophy of religion at the University of Tasmania. Ariane researches the intersection between belief and non-belief, investigating whether secular people can access experiences that are traditionally exclusive to faith. She graduated from Deakin University with first class Honours for her thesis on the coherence of ritual atheism. As a Fulbright Scholar, Ariane will study in the Philosophy Department of the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Professor Paul B. Woodruff. She aims to contrast a Kantian experience of the sublime with a secular mystical experience.

Pippa Mott Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
Host InstitutionThe Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Award NameFulbright Tasmania Scholarship
DisciplineArt History and Curating
Award Year2021

Pippa Mott is a curator and arts writer living in nipaluna/Hobart, Tasmania. Over the course of a seven-year career with the curatorial team at Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art), Pippa has utilised her skills in curation, exhibition planning, research, artwork production, arts writing and audience engagement to develop and present a range of museum exhibitions, festival projects and commissioned artworks. With an academic background in archaeology and prior experience in public programming and science communication, Pippa has a unique vantage point on material culture and visitor experience. Pippa enjoys creating scenarios where old and new, art and science coalesce, expanding perspectives and possibilities.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Pippa will commence a Master of Arts in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. A comprehensive knowledge of art history will enable Pippa to expand her curatorial practice and refine her research methodology, equipping her to produce exhibitions with greater depth and resonance for the benefit of Australian audiences. At the same time, she will examine curatorial theory and museology through the Marica and Jan Vilcek Curatorial Program. Pippa aims to gain a greater perspective on the ethical and socio-political dimensions of curatorship, particularly with regard to representation, accessibility, and sustainability.

Bryce Geoffrey Mullens Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionState University of New York at Stony Brook
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMaterials Chemistry
Award Year2022

Bryce is completing a PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Brendan Kennedy. His studies are concerned with the development of materials capable of safely storing radioactive waste, with a focus on understanding how their structure influences their functionality.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Bryce will spend 4 months with Professor Karena Chapman, a renowned materials scientist and expert in disseminating relationships between structure and reactivity in functional energy materials. There, he will develop techniques for understanding the long- and short-range ordering of various materials to design further nuclear storage media.

Dr Alexandra Murphy Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionAustin Hospital
Host InstitutionMount Sinai Medical Centre
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineCardio-Oncology
Award Year2022

Dr Alexandra Murphy graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012 with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Science. She entered the Cardiology Advanced Training program at the Austin Hospital in 2017 following which she became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). Alex is currently a Cardiologist at Austin Hospital and is the lead physician in the Cardio-Haematology service where she manages patients with cardiac issues who have cancer. Her other interests include women’s cardiac health and imaging for structural intervention. She has published extensively, and her manuscripts have been featured in the world’s top cardiology journals. She was recently awarded scholarships from the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, the National Health and Medical Research Council, National Heart Foundation and the Epworth Medical Research Foundation to undertake a PhD on “Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Cancer Patients” through the University of Melbourne. Alex has developed a SmartPhone based cardiovascular risk reduction program called ‘BreastMate’ aimed to care for the cardiac health of women with breast cancer. This has been rolled out in a state-wide randomised controlled trial called SMART-BREAST which is due to continue as an International trial in New York City in 2022 with the support of the Fulbright Future Scholarship.

Stephanie Niu Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionStanford University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Sydney, Western Sydney University, Shire of Christmas Island
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineDigital History
Award Year2021

Stephanie Niu is a digital storyteller and poet focused on decolonizing historical narratives and understanding ecological systems through digital techniques. Her work includes interactive geographic visualizations of the transcontinental railroad created for the Chinese Railroad Workers’ Project, and “Following the Water,” a podcast on human and animal migrations on Christmas Island.

Stephanie will use her Fulbright to build a series of self-guided, augmented reality walking tours exploring phosphate mine labor and race relations on Christmas Island, centered around physical remnants of 20th-century island mine operations. She hopes to create a model for community-driven archives as a way of resisting colonial narratives.

Julian O'Shea Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Kansas
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineIndustrial Design
Award Year2022

Julian is a designer, educator, social innovator and researcher within the Mobility Design Lab at Monash University. His project, Vehicle for Change, explores how sustainable vehicles – from solar tuk tuks to plastic bottle kayaks – can be used in public engagement and outreach. His Fulbright project will explore the design of e-bikes and scooters, incorporating the use of sustainable materials including bamboo – as well as video outreach and storytelling. Julian creates engaging educational video content for YouTube and TikTok, and was named the YouTube Breakout Creator for 2021 for his Unknown Melbourne series exploring urban design topics.

Captain Kent O'Sullivan Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Australian Army
Host InstitutionUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineArtificial Intelligence
Award Year2022

Captain Kent O’Sullivan is a Signals Officer in the Australian Regular Army. He has experience in conventional and special operations, has deployed to the Middle East and is currently posted to the Royal Military College – Duntroon where he oversees the Leadership, Character and Ethics curriculum. He has a Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and is completing a Master of Data Science from the University of Southern Queensland in early 2022. Kent’s study interest is in gaining a deep understanding of Artificial Intelligence technologies so he can be an effective, ethical, technical leader within the Australian Defence Force.

Hannah Orban Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionFord School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2021

Hannah is committed to improving the lives of people with disability in Australia and the United States. In particular, she is focussed on shaping public policy to overcome disabling attitudes and achieve the socioeconomic equality that people with disability are promised in modern, liberal democracies. After majoring in Philosophy, Italian Studies and Art History and receiving first class Honours in Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Hannah joined the NSW Government Graduate Program and currently works on initiatives for students with disability at the NSW Department of Education.

As a Fulbright scholar, Hannah is studying public policy at the University of Michigan. She is excited to use this opportunity to deepen her understanding of effective policy and legislative options to improve the socioeconomic outcomes of people with disability, and to establish networks with international colleagues. Through policy, Hannah’s goal is to progress towards a more egalitarian society for people with disability in Australia and the United States.

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.

Himmat Panag Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineAerospace Engineering
Award Year2021

Himmat is an aerospace engineer who is passionate about space systems and how they can be used to solve global issues. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) and a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from UNSW Sydney. Since graduating Himmat has worked as a flight control engineer, designing autopilots for various aircraft.

As a Fulbright scholar, Himmat will undertake a Masters in Aerospace Engineering, specialising in control theory and astrodynamics, where he will design trajectories and control algorithms for future space missions. He aspires to conduct research in collaboration with NASA and partner with leading institutions in the US and to share this knowledge with fellow researchers on his return to Australia.

Helen Pelak Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionKalamazoo College
Host InstitutionWestern Sydney University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Funded by Western Sydney University
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2022

Helen completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Kalamazoo College in 2021. Her current research focuses on the United States rate of cesarean section, with particular focus on the factors that contribute to medically unnecessary c-sections through the frameworks of Intersectionality and Reproductive Justice. She will apply the knowledge that she has garnered from the United States system of maternal care in the Australian context, where she plans to complete a Master of Public Health while researching alongside Professor Hannah Dahlen in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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.

Jack Rudrum Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMicrobiology and Molecular Biology
Award Year2022

Jack is a medical research scientist with the predominant goal of improving and saving the lives of others through developing urgently needed therapies that can treat superbugs. He has completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with a double major in Microbiology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as a Master of Infectious Diseases, with high distinction, at the University of Western Australia. For completion of his master’s dissertation, he conducted research at the Telethon Kids Institute. Whilst completing his studies, Jack worked part-time as a phlebotomist, diagnostic laboratory technician and a state public health surveillance officer. He also volunteered with St John Ambulance as an advanced event health medic. In the 6 months prior to beginning his Fulbright Scholarship, Jack will be working as a molecular biologist for a Perth biotechnology company, helping to develop an alternative COVID-19 diagnostic test which is more accurate and high-throughput than existing options.

Elizabeth Schmidt Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionKent State University
Host InstitutionWestern Sydney University
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy (Funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education)
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2022

Elizabeth (Liz) earned her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Conflict Management from Kent State University’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies. Liz’s work and research have centered around immigration, grassroots peacebuilding, and narrative in identity-based conflict. With experience at the International Organization for Migration, the International Institute of Akron, Lighthouse Relief, and Kent State University’s Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services, Liz is dedicated to promoting migrants’ rights, safety, and stories and the inclusion of diverse voices within communities. 

For her Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship, Liz will conduct a policy and media analysis of global and Australian discourses concerning LGBTQ refugees for a Master of Research at Western Sydney University. Through her research, Liz aims to promote dialogue and further research on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ people in displacement. She hopes that by bringing these challenges to awareness, stronger human rights protections can be developed to include LGBTQ people. 

Reuben Smith Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionCentral Queensland University
Host InstitutionWashington University in St. Louis
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMechanical Engineering
Award Year2021

Reuben is a mechanical engineer and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) currently working at NRG Gladstone Power Station – Queensland’s largest power station. With specific interests in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, Reuben’s experience working in the energy sector has given him an opportunity to witness the changes attributed to the gradual transition to both lowcarbon emission and renewable energy sources across the state.

By pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Reuben aims to use his Fulbright Scholarship to develop the specialised knowledge and professional connections required to enhance the pursuit and implementation of hydrogen-based energy practices here in Australia. In addition, he hopes to focus his studies on how to utilise existing infrastructure in heavy industry to safely dispose of chemical effluent that would otherwise end up as landfill or in permanent storage.

Tobin South Postgraduate Students

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

Tobin is a data scientist developing computational tools to understand complex systems using big data. Tobin has spent the last several years researching the flow of misinformation in social media news as part of a Master of Philosophy following his graduation as Valediction of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. His techniques combine tools from machine learning and applied mathematics to robustly extract information about dynamics from large open data sources for use in real world decision making.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Tobin will be undertaking a PhD at MIT where he will develop the next generation of tools to analyse complex systems, applying these techniques to applications as diverse as information warfare, economic analysis and human mobility. Tobin will be championing an ongoing collaboration between the MIT Media Lab and the South Australian Government to add value to the state using local data.

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.

Andrew Su Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePrecision Oncology
Award Year2021

Andrew is an MD/MPhil student at the University of Queensland. He is passionate about applying cutting-edge technological approaches to challenges in Medicine. His research uses machine learning to integrate novel spatial-omics (tissue-sequencing and protein imaging) data with clinical tissue images to study cancer, including colorectal cancer and Melanoma.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Andrew will work with A/Prof Hanlee Ji at Stanford University. He will analyse spatial-omics datasets of colorectal cancer to develop machine learning approaches for predicting cell types and estimating metastatic potential from standard clinical tissue images of tumours. These approaches aim to assist pathologists in the early and accurate diagnosis of colorectal cancer whilst adding new information useful for clinical decision making. Ultimately, Andrew plans to translate advances in technology towards the precision diagnosis and personalised treatment of cancer.

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.

Michael Traeger Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionBurnet Institute
Host InstitutionThe Fenway Institute
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineHIV Epidemiology
Award Year2022

Michael completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne in 2017 and is currently undertaking a PhD at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne. Michael’s research involves analysing large surveillance data to examine epidemiological trends in infectious diseases and evaluate large-scale public health interventions, with a particular focus on STI epidemiology among gay and bisexual men using the HIV prevention drug PrEP. As a Fulbright Scholar, Michael will spend 6 months at the Fenway Institute in Boston under the supervision of world-renowned HIV researcher Professor Kenneth Mayer, to undertake a program of epidemiological research to further understand the impact of HIV PrEP on behavioural epidemiology and related health outcomes among sexual and gender minority populations.

Constantine Tsounis Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionA.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute, Drexel University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineChemical Engineering/Materials Science
Award Year2022

Constantine is a chemical engineer developing catalysts that can generate sustainable fuels such as hydrogen, supporting our global clean energy transition. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the Particles and Catalysis Research Group, UNSW, and has spent time researching at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), and ETH Zürich. Constantine is a co-founder of switcH2 engineering, a VC-backed start-up developing technologies which can convert industrial wastewater into hydrogen fuel. He is also an elected member of the UNSW Council, with a particular interest in university governance, research impact, and the interface between government, industry, and university.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Constantine will spend time researching a new class of materials known as MXenes, at their birthplace, the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. The tailorable chemical properties of MXenes have the potential to revolutionise our energy systems. They can act as catalysts for key reactions that produce sustainable chemicals and fuels, accelerating our global net zero ambitions.

Isaac Tucker Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionMIT and Harvard University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiotechnology
Award Year2022

Isaac is a biotechnologist developing treatments for previously untreatable conditions. His PhD research focuses on transforming laboratory leads into peptide therapeutics for Irritable Bowel Disease and stroke. Through collaborative work with crucial domestic and international research organisations, he has strengthened his multi-disciplinary expertise in the biotechnology and business sectors. Over the course of Isaac’s Fulbright Future Scholarship, he will investigate novel technologies for the safe and targeted delivery of therapeutics throughout the body. Isaac aims to develop candidates ready for human trials by bringing together leading prowess at both Harvard and MIT, ultimately strengthening ties between leading Australian and US research groups.

Liam Turner Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionWashington State University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineEnergy Engineering and Cryogenics
Award Year2022

Liam is committed to accelerating the uptake of Hydrogen as a reduced carbon emission fuel for heavy transport. His current research is focussed on the design of liquid Hydrogen storage systems through his PhD studies with the Woodside-Monash Energy Partnership. Storing Hydrogen as a liquid can offer increased density and transportation efficiency compared to storing Hydrogen as a gas. However, liquid Hydrogen currently requires significant energy input for cooling and high capital costs for storage tank materials. Liam will work with Jacob Leachman in the HYPER Lab at Washington State University to study the behaviour of liquid Hydrogen to inform the optimisation of large scale liquid Hydrogen storage designs.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Liam will develop practical liquid Hydrogen experimental handling skills. Liam intends to share this knowledge with Australian industry and government to guide the development of liquid Hydrogen expertise and applications in Australia. Ultimately, Liam aims to help Australia realise its potential as a clean energy hub for the world, where Hydrogen, made from renewable energy can be distributed to growing world population centres.

Emily Westwood Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineSocial Science
Award Year2022

Emily’s PhD research focuses on the effects of environmental light exposures, including daylight and artificial light throughout the day, on sleep and circadian processes in young children. Her research contributes to growing evidence of the importance of light for children’s development, and lighting modification as a novel way to support sleep and health in children and families.

As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Emily will work with global leaders in the area supervised by Prof. Monique LeBourgeois. This overseas study will see her contribute to ground-breaking experimental research measuring light and sleep for young children in home environments.

Grace Wright Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionGeorge Washington University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy, Funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2022

Grace is a public policy and international development practitioner committed to disability inclusive policy development. At World Education in Vientiane, Laos, she supported program implementation and monitoring for disability inclusion and rehabilitation, mine risk education, unexploded ordnance victims’ assistance, and entrepreneurship projects. While working on a social and behavior change communication campaign on access to services and employment for disabled people, she discovered the U.S. and Australia’s shared focus on disability inclusion. Most recently, she developed proposals for U.S. Agency for International Development projects in Asia. Grace earned her Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and Political Science from the George Washington University. Through her Fulbright scholarship, Grace will pursue a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne and research the barriers disabled people face in disaster preparedness. She will use this experience to create, implement, and evaluate social, disaster response, and international development policy with a disability inclusive focus.

Betty Xiong Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Australian National University
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBiomedical Informatics
Award Year2021

Betty is a biomedical engineer with a focus on patient-generated data in medical devices, for more effective ways of diagnosing and treating conditions. She has conducted research at institutions such as the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The University of Tokyo, ETH Zurich and the University of Singapore. She has worked on wearable medical sensors at the start-up company WearOptimo, and has a keen interest in working at the interface of academia and industry to bring new data science technologies to the clinical setting.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Betty will study a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University. She will develop professional connections within biomedical data science, and her goal is to be a leader in the medical innovation landscape in Australia.

Yasmin Zaman Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionTexas A&M University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineBioastronautics/Human Factors
Award Year2022

Yasmin currently works in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at the Australian Space Agency. She supports the development of technical roadmaps that will help shape the future of the Australian space industry. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a dual degree in Aerospace Engineering and Science, majoring in Neuroscience. In 2020, Yasmin won the Western Sydney Young Woman of the Year award. Driven by her passion to break boundaries, she aims to create greater spaces for diversity in STEM and advance human space exploration. As a Fulbright Scholar, Yasmin will be researching wearable neurotechnology to inform and improve the wellbeing of humans in space. She hopes for her work to contribute to and further Australia’s space life sciences capabilities. Yasmin ultimately aspires to become an astronaut, deploy her work in space and travel to Mars.

Ivan Zelich Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Australian National University
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplineMathematics
Award Year2021

Ivan’s thirst for knowledge stems from a deep desire to understand the fundamental structures that underpin our world. This drives his passion for geometry, in which he published papers while still in high school. He graduated Valedictorian with a University Medal from the University of Queensland, and recently completed a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. He is currently at Australian National University researching the interactions between geometry and numbers—a relationship seemingly resembling that of space and time.

With his Fulbright Future Scholarship, Ivan will complete a PhD at Columbia University where he will gain expertise in p-adic Hodge theory, which he aims to introduce into Australia’s research landscape. He will also be involved in mathematically modelling the geometry of neural networks to improve scientific study and treatment of neurological disorders. Research aside, Ivan’s vision is to inspire future generations to become creative thinkers.

Janet Zhong Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionThe Australian National University 
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)
DisciplinePhysics
Award Year2020

Janet completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (Science) with Physics Honours at the Australian National University in 2019 in the Nonlinear Physics Centre. She is currently interested in quantum topological photonics and atomic arrays, where the overarching goal of these fields is quantum computing applications. She previously completed an internship at Nanyang Technological University in topological photonics. Janet has tutored at science camps such as the Curious Minds and Physics Olympiad program run by Australian Science Innovations. As a Fulbright scholar, Janet will begin a PhD in the United States on topological photonics.