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