The Weekend Australian puts spotlight on Adelaide scientists
Monday, 4 May 2009
Researchers from the University of Adelaide have dominated a national list of emerging leaders in science.
The science list is part of a 10-week series showcasing 100 emerging leaders in various fields of expertise. The University of Adelaide was the most represented Australian institution in the weekend's list.
The Adelaide staff named as emerging leaders in science are:
Professor Tanya Monro - Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, and Chair of Photonics. A physicist, Professor Monro is leading the world in research into a new generation of glass optical fibres, with potential applications in medical research, defence, industry and environmental science. Professor Monro was last year awarded one of the five Prime Minister's Science Prizes for her cutting-edge research.
Associate Professor Sarah Robertson - Co-Director of the Research Centre for Reproductive Health within the University's Robinson Institute, and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. A reproductive biologist, Associate Professor Robertson is internationally regarded for her research into sperm, and how information transmitted at a molecular level by sperm influences a female's ability to conceive. Her research has application for couples having difficulty getting pregnant.
Professor Mark Tester - Federation Fellow in the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) at the University's Waite Campus. A plant scientist, Professor Tester is a world leader in developing crops that are salt and drought tolerant, that need less fertiliser and deliver essential micronutrients into the grain. His research has application for farmers world wide, and could help to improve the quantity and quality of the world's food supply.