Murdoch’s $3.5m ARC research funding

November 1, 2016

Murdoch UniversityResearchers at Murdoch University are celebrating after the Australian Research Council (ARC) announced $3.5m in project funding.

Murdoch-led projects successfully applied for Australian Government research grants.

The largest funding award of almost $2.2m will help the University lead a major research collaboration to bring the latest biological screening technology to Australia at a new Australian Metabolic Phenotyping Centre (AMPC) at Murdoch.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen, said: “Researchers at Murdoch University are world leaders and this funding success recognises their expertise.

“The University is immensely proud of their work and today’s announcement delivers a platform for future research excellence at the University.”

The five ARC projects led by Murdoch include:

  • Associate Professor Robert Trengove, from Murdoch University’s Separation Science Laboratory, Professor John Pluske and Professor Merrilee Needham will lead a project which received $2,168,000 to establish a new biological screening centre at Murdoch.
  • Professor Neal Enright and Dr Joe Fontaine will lead a $536,000 project which will study fire-climate interaction effects on plant species persistence.
  • Professor Rhonda Marriott, Dr Corinne Reid and Dr Michael Monisse-Redman will lead a $371,000 project to predict factors related to resilience and wellbeing in Indigenous youth.
  • Dr Jatin Kala has been awarded $304,000 to help manage and reduce the social, environmental and economic effects of heat waves.
  • Professor Vijay Mishra will receive $116,572 funding to study the post-colonial work of writer V.S. Naipaul.

Professor David Morrison is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation at Murdoch.

He said: “I’d like to congratulate all of our researchers for this tremendous achievement.

“Not only does this funding support future research projects, it also recognises and rewards the expertise, hard work and dedication of our colleagues to their field of discipline.

“I am particularly delighted at the broad range of projects which the ARC has chosen to support.

“These projects are at the very core of our research focus, which is to help people and meet the many and varied challenges of our modern world.”

Murdoch academics are also part of a number of research projects led by other universities.

Professor Rhonda Marriott is a co-Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project worth $320,000 over three years to provide new knowledge about the nature, extent and effect of removing of babies from their parents in Australia.

Dr Fang Xia is co-investigator on an ARC Discovery Project worth $450,000 studying nature's mechanisms for leaching and remobilising metals.

Dr Sam Abraham is co-investigator on a Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facitlities (LIEF) project worth $510,000 to establish reference laboratories as biobanks and set up a national research network to mitigate antimicrobial resistance in animals.

Dr Joel Gummer, Dr Garth Maker and Dr Navid Moheimani are co-investigators on a LIEF project worth $410,000 which will help WA researchers participate in the precision single-cell based research driving biology worldwide.

Dr Zhong-Tao Jiang, Professor Simon Mallal and Dr Fang Xia are co-investigators on a LIEF project worth $700,000 to treat bacterial infections and cancer and facilitate environmentally friendly energy storage and natural resource recovery.

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