Australian Research Council success for Griffith

Professor Sally-Ann Poulsen from the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD)

Griffith University has been awarded more than $7.5 million for research into everything from frogs to disease in plants and batteries.

The Australian Research Council announced the outcomes from the Discovery Programmes schemes today (November 10), with Griffith receiving13 ARC Discovery Projects, one Discovery Indigenous, five Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and one Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant.

The $1.7 million DECRA awards had an outstanding success rate of 22.7 per cent in a national success rate of 16.3 per cent.

Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor AC and and Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Ned Pankhurst congratulated the recipients on their achievements.

The successful projects are:

ARC Discovery Projects

Dr John Atackfrom theInstitute for Glycomicswas awarded$482,299for project “Phase-variable epigenetic regulators in bacterial veterinary pathogens”.

Project team: Dr Patrick Blackall (The University of Queensland)

Dr William Bennettfrom theEnvironmental Futures Research Institutewas awarded $327,316for project “Unravelling vanadium biogeochemistry in modern marine sediments”.

Project team: Prof Enzo Lombi (University of South Australia), Prof Donald Canfield (University of Southern Denmark)

Dr Christopher Brownfrom theAustralian Rivers Institutewas awarded$334,642for project “Predicting interactive effects of multiple stressors on marine ecosystems”.

Project team: Prof Isabelle Cote (Simon Fraser University, Canada); Prof Rod Connolly (Griffith University)

Prof Peter CreedfromMenzies Health Institute Queenslandwas awarded$373,903for project “Juggling priorities: How do tertiary students balance work and study?”.

Project team: Dr Michelle Hood (Griffith University); Prof Michael Machin (University of Southern Queensland); Prof Andrea Bialocerkowski (Griffith University); Prof Paula Brough (Griffith University)

Prof Yongsheng GaofromInstitute for Integrated & Intelligent Systemswas awarded$403,052for project “Single model irregular-region retrieval for rapid plant disease detection”.

Prof Renee Jefferyfrom theCentre for Governance & Public Policywas awarded$242,315for project “Accountability for past human rights violations in South Asia”.

Project team: Prof Ian Hall (Griffith University)

Prof Hamish McCallumfrom theEnvironmental Futures Research Institutewas awarded$414,436for project “A novel modelling approach for understanding wildlife disease dynamics”.

Project team: Dr David Newell (Southern Cross University); Prof Cheryl Briggs (University of California, Santa Barbara); A/Prof A. Marm Kilpatrick (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Prof Jiri Neuzilfrom theSchool of Medical Sciencewas awarded$443,389for project “Movement of mitochondria between cells”.

Project team: Dr Lan-feng Dong (Griffith University); Dr Zdenek Lansky (Institute of Biotechnology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Prof Nam-Trung Nguyenfrom theQueensland Micro & Nanotechnology Centrewas awarded$473,470for the project “Magnetofluidic sample handling for enhanced point-of-care diagnosis”.

Project team: Prof Weihua Li (University of Wollongong), Dr Muhammad Shiddiky (Griffith University), Dr Dzung Dao (Griffith University)

Prof Sally-Ann Poulsenfrom theGriffith Institute for Drug Discoverywas awarded$426,149for project “Chemical probes for visualising DNA synthesis”.

Project team: Prof Vicky Avery (Griffith University)

Prof Abdul Sattarfrom theInstitute for Integrated & Intelligent Systemswas awarded$438,211for project “Searching for Near-Exact Protein Models”.

Project team Prof Shoba Ranganathan (Macquarie University); A/Prof Jayaram B (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi)

Prof Yaoqi Zhoufrom theInstitute for Glycomicswas awarded$337,946for project “Protein structure prediction by deep long-range learning”.

Project team: Prof Kuldip Paliwal (Griffith University)

Prof Dan Wangfrom theEnvironmental Futures Research Institutewas awarded$412,975for project “New Hierarchical Electrode Design for High-Power Lithium Ion Batteries”.

Project team: Dr Bin Luo (The University of Queensland); Prof Dr Yi Cui (Stanford University)

ARC Discovery Indigenous

Dr Kerry Bodlefrom theGriffith Business Schoolwas awarded$320,249for the project “Empowering Indigenous businesses through improved financial literacy”.

Project team: Prof Lorelle Frazer, Prof Scott Weaven, Prof Mark Brimble (all Griffith University)

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Dr Lyndel Bateswas awarded$365,996for the projectThe road to compliance: Integrating three theories”, which will be hosted by theGriffith Criminology Institute.

Dr Yi Jiawas awarded$368,446for the project “Monoatomic metal doping of carbon-based nanomaterials for hydrogen storage”, which will be hosted by theQueensland Micro & Nanotechnology Centre.

Dr Chantal Lanctotwas awarded$365,058for the project “What happens to toxic metals during frog metamorphosis?” which will be hosted by theAustralian Rivers Institute.

Dr Lee Morgenbesserwas awarded$331,248for the project “The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia”,whichwill be hosted by theCentre for Governance & Public Policy.

Dr Adele Pavlidiswas awarded$317,185for the project “Women and the rise of contact sport”, which will be hosted by theGriffith Centre for Social & Cultural Research.

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)

Prof David Lambertfrom theEnvironmental Futures Research Institutewas awarded$384,671for the project “Genomic library infrastructure for ancient environmental samples”.

Project team: Prof Zhihong Xu (Griffith University), Prof Jonathon Olley (Griffith University), A/Prof Rebecca Ford (Griffith University), A/Prof Adam Brumm (Griffith University), Dr Gilbert Price (The University of Queensland), Prof Leslie Christidis (Southern Cross University), Dr Subashchandran Sankarasubramanian (University of the Sunshine Coast), Prof Jizheng He (The University of Melbourne)

Successful grants administered by other universities:

Prof Jennifer Martinfrom theGriffith Institute for Drug Discoveryis a Chief Investigator on a LIEF project through The University of Queensland which was awarded$3,189,000by the ARC toward a total project cost of $7,885,353.