Congrats Ben on your successful ARC discovery grant

Monash BDI awarded more than $7m in ARC funding

In the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers have been awarded 14 Discovery Project grants, worth more than $7 million.

The funded projects are expected to advance knowledge in a range of areas, from understanding why it is that mammalian eggs have so much mitochondrial DNA to defining how signalling pathways regulate organ size, extracting energy from air and many more innovative research projects.

Announced last week, the ARC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Judi Zielke PSM, said that the Discovery Projects scheme supports individual researchers or research teams to innovate and build the ‘new’ knowledge essential for a knowledge-based economy.

Monash University ranked third in the ARC Discovery Projects scheme (DP23).

Professor John Carroll, Director of the Monash BDI, said that the outstanding results speak to the high calibre of researchers at the Institute, and illustrate the strength of BDI’s research initiatives.

“This is an incredible result, demonstrating our ability to deliver positive impact globally through fundamental discovery research. Congratulations to all of our researchers who have been successful at securing this highly competitive funding,” Professor Carroll said.

“I’d also like to thank the ARC for this funding, and to say that our researchers appreciate the timely release of these funding outcomes.”

“It was an incredibly competitive year, and commiserations go to those who missed out,” he said.

Congratulations to the following Monash BDI researchers, who are leading projects that received ARC DP23 funding:

Dr Benjamin Gully
Project title: In depth characterisation of the gamma delta T cell immune synapse

Dr Deepak Adhikari
Project title: Understanding why mammalian eggs have so much mitochondrial DNA

Dr Peter Boag
Project title: Biomolecular condensates in mRNA-regulation in germ cells

Professor John Carroll
Project title: How are sperm mitochondria eliminated after fertilisation

Dr Alex Combes
Project title: Imaging mammalian organogenesis with adaptive optics

Associate Professor Fasséli Coulibaly
Project title: The viral fusosome: a modular machinery for cargo delivery to target cells

Professor Mariapia Degli-Esposti
Project title: Defining novel immune checkpoints controlled by stromal cells

Professor Chris Greening
Project title: Extracting energy from air: mechanism of a bacterial hydrogenase

Dr Rhys Grinter
Project title: Hitting bacteria with a Bam: lectin-Like antimicrobials as new antibiotics

Professor Kieran Harvey
Project title: Defining how signalling pathways cooperate to regulate organ size

Professor Nicole La Gruta
Project title: The role of Lck/CD8 association in negatively regulating T cell activation

Emeritus Professor Helena Parkington
Project title: Understanding uterine contractility for reducing newborn lamb mortality

Professor Stephen Turner
Project title: Visualising chromatin changes in 3 dimensions: super to ultra resolution

Associate Professor Lee Wong
Project title: Histone H3.3-dependent transcriptional control and B cell differentiation

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Jamie on the Clarivate’s list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2022 (that’s 5 consecutive years).

Monash academics named among the global top one per cent

Twenty Monash University researchers have been named as the world’s most influential academics in their fields as part of Clarivate’s list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2022.

The annual list identifies global research scientists and social scientists among the world’s top one per cent of researchers who have published the highest number of peer-reviewed scientific papers cited by other researchers in their work.

Two Monash University researchers from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical SciencesFaculty Dean Professor Arthur Christopoulos and Professor Patrick Sexton, were recognised among only 218 researchers globally across two fields: Biology and Biochemistry, and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

The Highly Cited Researchers 2022 list uses both quantitative and qualitative analysis to identify individuals from across the globe who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields of research.

The preliminary list of Highly Cited Researchers is drawn from the highly cited papers that rank in the top one per cent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index over the past decade.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at Clarivate.

Clarivate recognised 7,225 researchers from 69 countries this year. Australia is ranked 5th globally for highly cited researchers, with 337 people on the list, representing 4.7 per cent of the total list. Clarivate notes this is remarkable for a country the size of Australia with 25 million people.

Monash University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Senior Vice-President Professor Rebekah Brown said the prestigious list demonstrates the University’s broad research capacity.

“This is global recognition of the exceptional influence and impact of Monash researchers. Not only does Monash have a wide range of disciplines represented on the list, but also those whose work crosses multiple disciplines.”

“We are proud to have so many researchers named in the top one per cent globally and this speaks to the quality of our researchers’ work, their collaborations and the influence they have in their fields.”

List of Highly Cited Researchers – Monash University

Rinaldo Bellomo Clinical Medicine
Rachelle Buchbinder Social Sciences
Peter A. Cawood Geosciences
Arthur Christopoulos Biology and Biochemistry
Arthur Christopoulos Pharmacology and Toxicology
Alex Fornito Neuroscience and Behavior
Peter R. Gibson Cross-Field
Kathryn E. Holt Microbiology
Douglas R. MacFarlane Cross-Field
Charles R. Mackay Immunology
Jamie Rossjohn Immunology
Patrick M. Sexton Biology and Biochemistry
Patrick M. Sexton Pharmacology and Toxicology
Huanting Wang Cross-Field
Mark E. Cooper Cross-Field
Jian Li Cross-Field
Laurence Macia Cross-Field
Stefan A. Maier Cross-Field
Paresh K. Narayan Economics and Business
Russell Smyth Economics and Business
Natalie L. Trevaskis Pharmacology and Toxicology
Murat Yücel Cross-Field