Division & Leadership

The Division of Research & Innovation provides research and research education services and infrastructure supporting the development of world-class research, both nationally and internationally, and encouraging engagement with the broader community.

  • Professor Anton Middelberg | Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Anton Middelberg

    Professor Anton Middelberg
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor and
    Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Anton Middelberg is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research) of The University of Adelaide. He was previously the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

    Professor Middelberg earned his Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and medals for Chemical Engineering and Engineering in 1989 from The University of Adelaide. He joined the staff as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer earning a PhD in 1993. After a period as a Fulbright Fellow at UC Berkeley, he joined the University of Cambridge as a tenured academic (becoming the inaugural Reader in Biological Engineering) and as Fellow and Director of Studies of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was also appointed as a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. In 2003 he returned to Australia as a Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council, and then as the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Fellow. From 2014-2017 Professor Middelberg was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and International) and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at The University of Queensland.

    Professor Middelberg is an internationally-recognised research and thought leader in chemical and biomolecular engineering. His research is fundamental but directed toward significant problems including in the health and advanced biomanufacturing sectors. Professor Middelberg has researched, patented and licensed new technologies in the fields of rapid vaccine scale-up, soft condensed matter and bio-nanotechnology.

    The impact of Professor Middelberg’s research has been recognised by Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and through award of the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde Medals of the Institution of Engineers. Professor Middelberg is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles in science, engineering and health. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Chemical Engineering Science and an Associate Editor of Vaccine.

  • Professor Laura Parry | Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

    Professor Laura Parry

    Professor Laura Parry
    Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

    Professor Laura Parry was appointed to the role in August 2021. She has three decades of experience in higher education, as a researcher, research leader and award-winning educator, and is internationally-renowned for her expertise and ground-breaking research in reproductive and vascular biology.

    During her career, Laura has received three Fellowships (ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, ARC QEII Fellowship), authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and has attracted more than $11 million in research funding to her own team’s research. She was a member of the ARC College of Experts.

    From 2015 until 2019, Laura was Professor in BioSciences and Associate Dean of Research and Industry at the Faculty of Science, the University of Melbourne. In September 2020, she was appointed interim Executive Dean of Sciences at the University of Adelaide, after a 10-month appointment as Head of School, Biological Sciences. Professor Parry is also a champion of the greater participation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

  • Professor Bruce Northcote ǀ Chief Security Officer

    Professor Bruce Northcote

    Professor Bruce Northcote
    Chief Security Officer

    Professor Bruce Northcote is Chief Security Officer (CSO) within the Division of Research & Innovation at the University of Adelaide. The role of the CSO is to ensure the University complies with essential regulatory requirements and best practice in relation to defence, national security, the Foreign Interference Transparency Scheme Act and University Foreign Interference Taskforce Guidelines.

    Professor Northcote is also  CEO of TelAri Analytics. His Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, specialising in queueing network theory, was undertaken at the Teletraffic Research Centre (TRC), of which he is a former Director.

    Following completion of his postgraduate studies and a short post-doctoral role at the TRC, Professor Northcote spent nearly 6 years working in the US telecommunications industry as a system architect, pre-sales consulting engineer, performance test engineer and primary company representative on international telecommunications standardisation bodies such as ANSI-T1S1, the IETF, ATM Forum and ITU. Many of his technical contributions to those bodies have been incorporated into international standards that govern how telecommunications devices and networks operate today.

    After returning to Australia and prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2002, Professor Northcote was a consultant for BSN Consulting Pty Ltd and Telic Australia Pty Ltd, working on projects for customers ranging from Vodafone Australia, Telstra, Telcordia (USA), Viridien (USA), and the Victorian Department of Justice. He has published over 20 refereed journal and conference papers, is a senior member of IEEE and was an accredited ATM Forum Ambassador for several years.

    Between August 2018 and December 2019, he served as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement) within the Division of Research & Innovation, responsible for providing leadership in relation to industry engagement and commercial partnerships.

Our role

Key responsibilities:

  • Recruit and retain outstanding researchers.
  • Attract an increased cohort of talented higher degree by research students and ensure they successfully complete their research programs.
  • Develop and enhance high quality research facilities.
  • Encourage an appetite for addressing the big research challenges.
  • Support an ethos of innovation, engagement, and translation.
  • Encourage research and the associated production of research outputs at the highest international standard.
  • Enter into mutually beneficial partnerships with high quality research organisations.
  • Maintain responsive, strategic and supportive research management.
  • Achieve the research targets set out in the University Strategic Plan.

Our portfolio


  • Office of DVC&VP(R)

    The Office of the DVC&VP(R) provides direct support for the DVC&VP(R), and oversight of the implementation of the Research and Research Training aspects of the University Strategic Plan and manages the Research Budget.

  • Strategic Research Team

    The Strategic Research Team provides support for prioritised major funding initiatives in order to deliver an increase in the scale and diversity of external research funding and awards for the University. The team is responsive to opportunities as they arise, in addition to supporting the development of a continuous pipeline of funding opportunities that aligns to University priorities and plans. 

  • Research Services

    The Research Services provides pre- and post- award services to the University's research community in relation to external competitive research grants and postdoctoral fellowships.

    They support research compliance related activities including Human Research Ethics, Animal Ethics, Gene Technology regulation (Institutional Biosafety Committee) and Quarantine; Oversees the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) research publications data collection on behalf of the University; Provides administrative support for the University Research Committee and; Provides advice on relevant University research policies.

  • Adelaide Graduate Research School

    The Adelaide Graduate Research School (AGRS) is responsible for the management and administration of research education at the University of Adelaide.

    It is the starting point for prospective research students, providing information about the process of admission and scholarship application and enrolment, and the support centre for current research students in their management of candidature, providing the tools to assist in planning and managing their research education.

    The AGRS operates under the leadership of the Dean of Graduate Studies, who also convenes the Research Education and Development Committee (REDC).

  • Adelaide Microscopy

    Adelaide Microscopy is a centrally located facility and consulting service offering a broad range of the most technologically advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis to universities, research institutions and industry.

    Our expert staff - among the best in their field - have many years of accumulated knowledge in microscopy and experience in the biological and materials sciences, and understand the need for accurate analysis and application of the most suitable technique to solve the most demanding problems.

  • Laboratory Animal Services

    Laboratory Animal Services supports the biomedical research community through the delivery of best practice, and world standard laboratory animal services.