Melissa Raven is a psychiatric epidemiologist and policy analyst. She is qualified as a clinical psychologist, but has worked primarily as a lecturer and researcher in public health and primary health care. She has extensive experience teaching research methods and critical analysis, primarily at a postgraduate level.
I am an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics. My research is focused on developing novel mathematical and statistical methods, and new probabilistic models, that assist in understanding the factors that are most important to complex systems in epidemiology and conservation biology. I use these techniques to assist in determining effective public health, and conservation/biosecurity, policy.
Whilst starting out in synthetic organic chemistry, over the years my research interests have shifted to plant biology. More particularly, I am interested in the plant cell wall, that feature of the plant cell which protects it from environmental stresses and biological attack. This wall must be strong enough to protect but supple enough to change and expand in a controlled manner to allow the plant to grow. The cell wall consists of a complex mixture of polysaccharides together with some protein.