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Alliance Appointments

Current and Past Joint Appointments

The Alliance has appointed a select group of joint professors who are primarily based at one institution, but spend significant time at the partner university. In addition to directing ground-breaking research activities, our joint professors also have teaching and strategic responsibilities.

Prof Cameron
Professor Neil Cameron

Neil Cameron is the Monash Warwick Alliance Professor of Polymer Materials. He splits his time between the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University and the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. Research activities are directed towards developing novel polymeric biomaterials for application in areas including tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug delivery.

Professor Cameron’s research career spans three decades including post-doctoral positions in Eindhoven and at Heriot Watt University followed by a successful 17-year career at Durham University. He has published over 145 articles, book chapters and reviews and has given over 145 invited presentations at conferences, symposia and colloquia. His work has been cited >7000 times.

Professor Greg Challis

Professor Greg Challis, an award winning chemical biologist, was appointed as the Monash Warwick Professor of Sustainable Chemistry (Chemical and Synthetic Biology) in July 2016. His research is focused on how bioactive natural products are made by microorganisms and in particular, how bacteria assemble antibiotics. While Nature produces many different types of antibiotic, not all of them are suitable for use in humans. With antibiotic resistance a growing concern, the need to produce new and improved antibiotics is fast becoming a research priority around the world.

Professor Challis has published more than 110 papers on the chemistry and biology of bioactive products that have collectively received over 12,000 citations, and has delivered 170 invited lectures at international conferences, universities and research institutes.

Phillip Chan
Professor Philip Wai Hong Chan

Professor Philip Chan joined the Monash Warwick Alliance in 2014 as Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and pursues the development of sustainable catalytic strategies for complex molecule synthesis and their potential applications in the field of natural products and functional materials synthesis and drug discovery.

Professor Chan’s research career spans two decades at universities across the globe including post-doctoral positions at Tohoku University, Japan; the University of Sydney, and the University of Hong Kong, followed by eight successful years at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

Prof Davis
Professor Tom Davis

Professor Davis is a leading polymer scientist/nanotechnologist with an outstanding performance in producing highly influential research. He is the most cited polymer nanotechnologist in Australia. He has published more than 450 refereed papers, with more than 81 publications cited 100+ times, and 183 publications cited 50+ times. Professor Davis has received awards for the successful commercialisation of his work and for raising CSIRO science to a world-class performance level.

Professor Davis is based at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the University of Warwick's Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on targeted nanoparticles that carry therapeutics and chemicals that assist with the diagnosis and monitoring of illnesses directly to the disease site. His research may improve how we treat conditions from cancer to heart disease. Professor Davis is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, a Laureate Fellow and the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology (CBNS).

Alex de Marco
Associate Professor Alex de Marco

Associate Professor Alex de Marco joined the Alliance in October 2015 as Monash Warwick Associate Professor within Monash's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His focus is on the development of hardware and software to extend the use of cryo-CLEM to in situ structural biology and biochemistry. The goal of his research is to bring full automation and high throughput in the sample preparation, data collection and analyses for cryo-Electron Microscopy performed directly in cells or in embryos at early stages of development.

Associate Professor de Marco's research career includes time at EMBL working on the development of cryo-Electron Tomography and Subtomogram Averaging on large scale in order to study various stages of the replication cycle in HIV-1 and at FEI Company where he was responsible for the development of hardware and software solutions for Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM).

Professor Sébastien Perrier

Professor Perrier is an award winning polymer scientist who divides his time between the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the University of Warwick's Department of Chemistry and Medical School. Professor Perrier's research focuses on nanomaterials to solve current problems in health, energy and the environment. The interaction with Monash specifically enables his team to engineer materials for medical applications, to first understand better, then cure diseases. Professor Perrier has received prestigious awards from the Royal Society, the Australian Academy of Science and the American Chemical Society.

Professor Helen Skouteris

Professor Skouteris is the Monash Warwick Alliance Joint Professor of Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science at Monash University. She will be focused on establishing long term collaborative research and education/training programs in healthcare improvement, implementation science/health services research, working with colleagues from MCHRI, Monash, Warwick, Monash partners and beyond.

Professor Skouteris has joined Monash University from Deakin University where she was appointed as a research fellow on a NHMRC Capacity Building grant in childhood obesity prevention. Since 2010 she has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and has led 2 ARC Discovery Grants, 2 ARC Linkage Grants, 1 NHMRC Project Grant and has co-led >$5.5M of research grants (Category 1-3).

Professor Skouteris has a strong track record in longitudinal multi-factorial research, randomized controlled trials, implementation research, and higher degree research supervision (21 completions in the last 5 years). Her research since 2010 has predominantly focused on building active agency/capacity in “the consumer” to make healthy lifestyle choices across preconception, pregnancy, preschool, and childhood, including adolescence, to reduce the burden of obesity. Her work has also been focused extensively in the community service and educational sector improvement, that translates to better health outcomes for children, young people, adults and families and is critical to transforming policy across these sectors.

Prof Shanwen Tao
Professor Shanwen Tao

Professor Shanwen Tao joined the Alliance in July 2015 as Monash Warwick Professor of Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Processes. He is directing his research to technologies related to energy such as batteries and fuel cells, and sustainable synthesis to reduce CO2 emissions with electro-chemically synthesised hydrocarbons and ammonia.

Professor Tao's research career includes postdoctoral positions at the University of Science and Technology of China, and postings at the National Laboratory of Denmark and the University of St Andrews, Scotland. From 2010 he was Professor of Nanotechnology for Energy Solutions at the University of Strathclyde in the UK.