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

Original article

Congratulations Jerome and Martin on the award of the ARC Discovery grant

Monash University was the most successful institution in Australia in the 2020 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects Scheme (DP21) with more than 22% of the Monash funding awarded to Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers.

Monash BDI researchers have been awarded more than $8 million of the $35.6 million awarded to Monash – playing a key role in the University’s top position nationwide.

The successful applicants were announced on Friday 13 November by the Federal Minister for Education, The Hon. Dan Tehan MP.

With 14 projects receiving funding in the Monash BDI, our researchers continue to push the boundaries of biomedical research to pursue excellence in areas as varied as deciphering cross-talk between innate cytokine receptors, decoding neuronal populations for visually-guided decisions, investigating bacteriophage stability and biology, controlling cell fate transitions and more.

Professor John Carroll, Director of the Monash BDI, said this exceptional result shows the high calibre of researchers at the institute.

“The success in this funding round is yet another example of the excellence of our researchers, at a time when funding is becoming increasingly competitive. I extend my congratulations to all involved,” Professor Carroll said.

The Discovery Projects scheme aims to support excellent basic and applied research and research training by individuals and teams. It supports national and international research collaboration; and is designed to enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.

Congratulations to all Monash BDI recipients who received funding in the 2020 ARC Discovery Projects Scheme, including:

Professor Marcello Rosa Neuroscience/Physiology
Building a visual world: how brain circuits create and use representations

Professor Trevor Lithgow Infection & Immunity/Microbiology
An investigation into flagellotropic bacteriophage stability and biology

Associate Professor Max Cryle Infection & Immunity/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Understanding peptide bond formation in non-ribosomal peptide biosynthesis

Associate Professor Joseph Rosenbluh Cancer/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Identification of biological pathways regulated by circular RNAs

Dr Nicholas Price Neuroscience/Physiology
How the brain generates robust behaviour in noisy sensory environments

Associate Professor Anna Roujeinikova Cancer/Infection & Immunity/Microbiology
Structural and functional studies of Helicobacter pylori flagellar motor

Dr Lan Nguyen Cancer/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Defining the molecular switches that govern discrete cellular fates

Associate Professor Meredith O’Keeffe Infection & Immunity/Cancer/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Deciphering novel cross-talk between innate cytokine receptors

Dr Jerome Le Nours Infection & Immunity/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Investigating gamma/delta T cell receptor recognition determinants

Professor Dena Lyras Infection & Immunity/Microbiology
Mechanism of secretion of large clostridial toxins

Associate Professor Fasseli Coulibaly Infection & Immunity/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Viral allies: shedding light on beneficial insect viruses

Associate Professor John Boyce Infection & Immunity/Microbiology
Role of Pasteurella surface polysaccharides in pathogenesis and immunity

Professor Marcello Rosa Neuroscience/Physiology
Decoding neuronal populations for visually-guided decision and action

Professor Jose Polo Development & Stem Cells/Anatomy & Developmental Biology, ARMI
How do transcription factors control cell fate transitions?

Monash University Faculties received funding, amounting to more than $35.6 million. Read a short overview here.

Amounting to more than $12 million, read about the 23 Discovery Projects funded across Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences here.

See the full list of ARC funded projects, and the details of funded Discovery Projects 2021 round 1 here.

Original article: BDI’s research funding success contributes to university’s top position