Dr Rebecca Cook

 Position Research Support Lead HMS
 Org Unit Innovation and Commercialisation Service
 Email rebecca.cook@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0060
 Location Floor/Room Third Floor ,  Helen Mayo North ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    I hold a PhD in Molecular Biochemistry and was employed for nine years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Rheumatology Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital. I then moved into professional roles.

    At Flinders University (2016 - 2022) I was employed as a Senior Research Support Officer in the Research, Development and Support (RDS) portfolio, with my position being embedded in the College of Medicine and Public Health within the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI).

    I was involved in complex grant applications with multiple and external individuals and included standard NHMRC/ARC project-based applications, fellowships as well as the more complex NHMRC Partnership, Centre’s of Research Excellence, Synergy and a variety of MRFF.

    Responsibilities have included planning and overseeing workflow, task completion, relationship management and provision of specialist advice on all aspects of grant management from oversight of the application process and advice to applicants through to submission. These were always undertaken in a team-based approach. I have also maintained relationships with senior managers; maintained awareness of all relevant funding opportunities and facilitated rapid internal communication including specific targeting of individual researchers deemed most competitive for specific funding.

    I maintain a detailed understanding of the funding guidelines for schemes; provision of high quality advice to applicants including questions of eligibility and sought clarification from funding agencies; conducted multiple rounds of in-depth grant review; developed and participated in training and information seminars for researchers and organised workshops, special programs, targeted services and other development activities.


  • Qualifications

    1996   Bachelor of Science

              Flinders University of South Australia


    1999   BSc Honours

              Flinders University of South Australia


    2001   PhD

              Flinders University of South Australia


    Isolation and characterisation of the non-phosphorylating NADH dehydrogenases in plant mitochondria

    School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University of South Australia. Supervisors: A/Prof Kathleen Soole, Prof Joseph Wiskich


  • Research Funding

    NHMRC Project Grant (453511) Regulation and activity of the fatty acid delta 6 desaturase (D6D).  Prof MJ James, Prof RA Gibson, Prof LG Cleland, Dr RJ Cook-Johnson and Ms S Lester  2007 -2009 ($507,000).

  • Publications

    Melissa K Gregory, Robert A Gibson, Rebecca J Cook-Johnson, Leslie G Cleland, Michael J James. (2011) Elongase reactions as control points in long-chain polyunsaturated Fatty Acid synthesis. PLoS One. 6(12)e29662.

    Gregory MK, Lester SE, Cook-Johnson, RJ, Gibson RA, Proudman SA, Cleland LG, James MJ. (2011) Fatty acid desaturase 2 (FADS2) promoter mutation is not responsible for Δ6 desaturase deficiency. European Journal of Human Genetics 19(11):1202-4.
    Mulhausler BS, Cook-Johnson RJ, James MJ, Miljkovic D, Duthoit E, Gibson RA. (2010) Opposing Effects of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on the Expression of Lipogenic Genes in Omental and Retroperitoneal Adipose Depots in the Rat.  Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism Volume 2010, Article ID 927836, 9 pages.

    Tu WC, Cook-Johnson RJ, James MJ, Mühlhausler BS, Gibson RA. (2010) Omega-3 long chain fatty acid synthesis is regulated more by substrate levels than gene expression. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 83(2)61-68.
    James MJ, Cook-Johnson RJ, Cleland LG. (2007) Selective COX-2 Inhibitors, Eicosanoid Synthesis and Clinical Outcomes:  A Case Study of System Failure. Lipids 42:779-785.
    Cook-Johnson RJ, Demasi M, Cleland LG, Gamble JR, Saint DA, James MJ. (2006) Endothelial cell COX-2 expression and activity in hypoxia.  Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids 1761(12)1443-1449.
    Demasi M, Cleland LG, Cook-Johnson RJ, James MJ. (2004) Effects of hypoxia on the expression and activity of COX-2 in fibroblast-like synoviocytes: interactions with monocyte-derived soluble mediators.  Arthritis and Rheumatism 50(8)2441-2449.
    Demasi M, Cleland LG, Cook-Johnson RJ, Caughey GE, James MJ. (2003) Effects of hypoxia on monocyte inflammatory mediator production:  Dissociation between changes in cyclooxgenase-2 expression and eicosanoid synthesis.  J.Biol. Chem 278 (40)38607-38616.

    Moore CS, Cook-Johnson RJ, Rudhe C, Whelan J, Day DA, Wiskich JT, Soole KL. (2003) Identification of AtNDI1, an internal non-phosphorylating NAD (P) H dehyrdrogenase in Arabidopsis mitochondria.  Plant Physiol. 133 (4)1968-1979.

    Cook-Johnson RJ, Zhang Q, Wiskich JT, Soole K, (1999) The nuclear origin of the non-phoshorylating NADH dehyrdogenases of plant mitochrondria Febs Lett. 454:37-41.
    Zhang Q, Wiskich JT, Cook-Johnson RJ, Soole KL. (1999) Respiratory activities in chloramphenicol-treated tobacco cells.  Physiol.  105:224-232.
    Qisen Zhang, Rebecca Cook-Johnson, Joseph T Wiskich and Kathleen Soole(1998). Regulation of respiratory pathways under chloramphenicol stress.  In Plant Mitochondria: From Gene to Function,  Eds. I.M. Moller, P. Gardestrom, K Gilmelius and E Glaser. Pp 301-306.  Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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