School of Public Health | BetterStart Child Health and Development Research Group
Dr Kathy Gatford. Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons I, dux), PhD.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide and research group leader in the Robinson Research Institute.
In January 2014 I joined the Plant Accelerator, the lead node of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility. In my role as Director of Technology Development I identify phenotyping needs within the Australian plant science community, determine gaps in infrastructure and initiate and implement strategies to address these. I consult with scientists in the design and running of phenotyping experiments and I am also involved in the development and introduction of new tools to phenotype traits of interest. A recent focus of this research is the use of hyperspectral imaging in plant phenotyping.
My main interest is the taxonomic diversity and functional morphology of the early metazoans generated during the so-called Cambrian "explosion" (some 540 million years ago), and the phylogenetic relationships among the major animal groups (phyla) that appeared with this unique event in the history of the biosphere. I am also interested on the Edicara Biota (570-550 Ma) and on finding the morphological, ecological and phylogenetic links of these fossils with the Cambrian faunas.
Professor Gao's research interest includes studies of rural China, contemporary Chinese politics & culture, Chinese migration to Australia and Chinese language. Professor Gao's publications include four monographs and numerous book chapters and articles. One of his books, the critically acclaimed Gao Village, is a case study of the village that he came from. His latest book The Battle of China's Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution is a reassessment of the Mao era and the Cultural Revolution.
Professor Cherrie Galletly is a consultant psychiatrist working across the University, public mental health and private sectors. She takes a collaborative approach to research, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of care for people with severe mental illness. Her research interests include schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; she was Northern Adelaide site director for the Second National Survey of Psychosis (2010) a landmark study of more than 1800 people with psychoses.
I have been in clinical general practice since 1978, and was a partner in a practice from 1988 until 2009. Exchanges of practice with English GPs in 1993-1994 in Nottingham and in 2000-2001 in Bristol allowed me to compare the British NHS with the Australian health system as a practitioner working within those systems.