Dr Ween in Completed her PhD in 2010 in Cancer biology and then undertook a postdoctoral position in the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases with a focus on lung pathogenic bacteria and metal biology. In 2015, Dr Ween was invited to join the Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disease Laboratory. Here she investigates how smoking affects inflammation in the lung, and the ability of macrophages to phagocytose lung pathogenic bacteria. Dr Ween also studies the mechanisms into COPD, a lung disease which affects up to 1.5 million Australians.
Darren's research goal is to improve the yield of cereal crops to provide more food for an expanding world population. He is using agricultural biotechnology techniques to discover the genes which regulate plant tolerance to abiotic stress. He then alters these genes to improve the tolerance of crop plants to stresses such as low soil nutrients, drought and salinity.
Cassandra is an Associate Professor in Viticulture.
After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a PhD in Horticulture, she gained experience in the wine industry as a cellarhand, an assistant winemaker and a viticulturist. However, a love of plants and a passion for research and teaching led to a role as a research fellow with the South Australian Research and Development Institute and the University of Adelaide, and then to her current role as a lecturer.
Half of the world’s population is at risk of infection with mosquito-borne malaria parasites of the genus Plasmodium. These complex eukaryotic parasites that live inside human cells cause widespread sickness and death throughout tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world including countries neighbouring Australia. The majority of the >400,000 malaria related deaths that occur each year are caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum in children under 5 years in Africa, Asia and South America.
Marc A Gladman PhD MBBS DFFP MRCOG MRCS FRCS (Gen Surg) FRACS is a surgeon scientist. He received his degree in Medicine from King’s College in the UK and was awarded a PhD by the University of London and then went on to complete a NIHR lectureship. He trained in both obstetrics and gynaecology and general surgery in the UK, receiving his Fellowship in 2008. Previously, he held the position of Chair of Colorectal Surgery at the University of Sydney.
Ashlea is a post doctoral researcher and lecturer in Soil Science in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Her research and teaching interests are in soil chemistry and how nutrients are stored, transformed and cycled in soils.