Members of the EMBL Australia Council
PROFESSOR IAN SMITH
An internationally recognised leader in medical research, Professor Ian Smith has applied proteomics technologies to study proteases involved in brain and cardiovascular function. His research has been published in more than 260 journal articles and book chapters, and has resulted in many patents and changes to clinical practice.
Characterised by his wide engagement with both industry and his academic discipline, Professor Smith has collaborated with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, received regular invitations to speak at international meetings, served on editorial boards of international journals, and is an office bearer in a number of national and international societies and foundations.
Professor Smith stepped down from his role as Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure) at Monash University at the end of 2020 (around the same time he took up the position of chair of the EMBL Australia Council) and has been appointed as an Emeritus Professor at Monash.
THE EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY (EMBL)
PROFESSOR EDITH HEARD
As well as developing new techniques for imaging DNA and genetic processes in cells, Professor Heard discovered that the X chromosome is inactivated twice during embryonic development – a discovery that has important implications for stem cell research, as it implies that cells have plasticity. She has been awarded several prizes and awards.
PROFESSOR EWAN BIRNEY
MS PLAMENA MARKOVA-ANDERSON
PROFESSOR JOHN CARROLL
PROFESSOR SARAH RUSSELL
ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTES
PROFESSOR ELIZABETH HARTLAND
Professor helen thomas
Helen Thomas is Head of the Immunology and Diabetes Unit and an Associate Director of St Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne. Her research is focused on prevention of type 1 diabetes. She aims to protect the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas from being destroyed by the immune system. Her work is being applied to humans through the transplantation of human islets from organ donors to reverse diabetes and in testing JAK inhibitors to inhibit autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes. She is Scientific Director of Effica Biolabs, a contract research organisation that collaborates with industry to test immune modulatory drugs in pre-clinical models for potential use in future clinical trials for type 1 diabetes. Helen strives to have a positive impact on the young scientists that she supervises and mentors.
professor jennifer stow
Jennifer Stow is molecular cell biologist, known nationally and internationally for her work in protein trafficking in macrophages and epithelial cells. Professor Stow is an Associate Member of EMBO and past President of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology. She is currently an NHMRC Research Leadership Fellow, Group Leader and former Deputy Director of Research at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland. Her research has employed innovations in microscopy and live cell imaging to uncover endocytic and secretory compartments and signalling pathways essential for cell polarity, cytokine secretion, innate immunity and inflammation.
PROFESSOR SUSIE NILSSON
Ms ERICA KNEIPP
Erica Kneipp’s experience spans several decades of work at all levels of government, and in the private and not-for-profit sectors, supporting healthcare delivery and life sciences in Australia. Erica joined CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency, in 2021 as the Research Director for Human Health. Her portfolio encompasses infectious disease, diagnostics, nutrition and public health, and pre-clinical analytics and clinical trials. Prior to that, she was with the Australian National University, serving as the Head of Research Strategy for health and medicine. She is on the Board of Brandon BioCatalyst and the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics and a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
MR ANDREW GILBERT
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, SKILLS & EMPLOYMENT
A seat on the EMBL Australia Council is reserved for a representative from the Department of Education, Skills & Employment.