The Adelaide Investigator Academy

The NHMRC Investigator Grant scheme recognises Australia’s most outstanding medical research leaders, and recipients are supported by the Commonwealth government to undertake ambitious research programs for 5 years.

The Adelaide Investigator Academy hosts these distinguished University of Adelaide leaders who have made world-class impact over the course of their careers.


Prof Tim Hughes

Prof Timothy Hughes
Leadership 3, 2022-2026

Improving outcomes for patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia by developing new, highly targeted drugs that overcome barriers to treatment free remission


Professor James Paton

Prof James Paton
Leadership 3, 2020-2024

Determining the molecular basis of Streptococcus pneumoniae pathogenic phenotypes to improve novel vaccines and therapeutic intervention that protect against all pneumococcal infections. S. pneumoniae is the world’s worst bacterial pathogen, killing 1-2 million people every year.


Prof Michael Horowitz

Prof Michael Horowitz
Leadership 3, 2020-2024

The hormone GLP-1 in relation to the prevention and personalised management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including elevated blood glucose levels in the critically ill.


Prof Lisa Jamiseon

Prof Lisa Jamiseon
Leadership 2, 2022-2026

Overcoming oral health inequity and preventing systemic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease that are associated with dental diseases by establishing best practice oral care models for all Indigenous Australians.


Prof Sarah Robertson

Prof Sarah Robertson
Leadership 2, 2021-2025, NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award

Understanding how the immune system and tolerance is involved in many infertility and pregnancy disorders including miscarriage, preeclampsia, preterm birth and stillbirth and investigating novel preventative and therapeutic interventions that target the immune system around the time of conception.


Prof Peter-John Wormald

Prof Peter-John Wormald
Leadership 2, 2021-2025

Addressing complex knowledge gaps in the fields of chronic airway inflammation, relapsing infection and wound healing, to ultimately develop innovative probiotic cocktails aimed at eradicating the infection and recalibrating the host immune response.


Prof Jodie Dodd

Prof Jodie Dodd
Leadership 2, 2021-2025

Establishing better lifestyle and weight loss interventions prior to conception that effectively protect mothers and babies against obesity-associated pregnancy risks and adverse early childhood outcomes.


Prof Chunxia Zhao

Prof Chunxia Zhao
Leadership 1, 2022-2026

Developing highly effective and flexible nanotechonology strategies for multimodal cancer therapies, accelerating clinical translation of cancer nanomedicine and precision therapy.