Researcher Profiles

Dr Matthew Welsh

Research Fellow
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Dr Matthew Welsh is a psychological scientist specialising in decision making . In his role at the Australian School of Petroleum, he researches how people's decision-making tendencies impact the choices they make and the economic flow-on effects of this for industries like oil and gas, which depend on expert judgement and estimation to reduce uncertainty.

As part of this research, he works with oil companies, helping them to identify psychological biases in personnel and processes and developing training regimes and decision support tools to limit or eliminate those biases.

Professor Philip Weinstein

Professorial Research Fellow
Faculty of Sciences

Professor Philip Weinstein is a Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Prior to his current appointment he was Head of School in the School of Biological Sciences. He holds dual qualifications in ecology (PhD) and public health medicine (MBBS, FAFPHM).

Dr Kate Wegener

Ramsay Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Sciences

My university education was undertaken exclusively at the University of Adelaide, where I received my Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Chemistry, followed by PhD studies into the structure/activity relationships of bioactive amphibian peptides. I moved to the University of Oxford for post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Iain Campbell. Here I investigated the structure and function of proteins involved in cell migration and adhesion, making significant advances in our understanding of the mechanisms behind integrin activation and thrombosis formation.

Professor Michelle Waycott

HBS Womersley Chair in Systematic Botany
Faculty of Sciences

I have a joint position based at The University of Adelaide where I also act as the Head of the State Herbarium of South Australia (AD) as Chief Botanist. The herbarium is part of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources of South Australia. Through the herbarium I have a responsability to support and enhance our understanding of the flora of South Australia with a particular emphasis on systematics and taxonomy. In my broader role I am interested in the study of plant evolution.

Associate Professor Megan Warin

Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts

Megan Warin is a social anthropologist and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow whose research interests coalesce around the gendering of health and illness (including anorexia and obesity), the anthropology of epigenetics, and public understanding of scientific paradigms of obesity. In addition to Gender Studies and Anthropology, Megan has worked in and across a number of disciplines in Australian and UK universities, including psychiatry and public health.

Dr Helena Ward

Senior Lecturer in Medical Education
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Helena Ward completed her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Adelaide and has held post-doctoral positions at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Flinders University and The University of South Australia.

Dr Michelle Walker

University Research Fellow - B
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Michelle Walker is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Waite Campus, in the Department of Wine and Food Science. Dr Walker is a member of the Wine Microbiology and Biotechnology Group, with 20+ years experience in yeast genetics and molecular biology. She is interested in understanding the genetic basis of stress tolerance and fermentation attributes of wine yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and applying this knowledge in strain improvement strategies to generate new yeast strains, better suited to Australian conditions.

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