Published: 14 November 2012

From research aimed at extending the range of biomolecular systems that can be modelled computationally at the atomic level, to designing better materials for use in environmentally friendly refrigerators and power generators, researchers at UQ’s School of Mathematics and Physics have once again emerged strong winners in the recent round of the Australian Research Council awards.

Successful researchers from the School include:

  • Dr Barbara Maenhaut - $315,000.00 for Discovery Project entitled Factorisations of graphs
  • Dr Megan O'Mara (with Professor Alan Mark) - $946,000.00 for Discovery Project entitled Membrane proteins: understanding biological switches, motors and triggers
  • Professor Ross McKenzie (with Professor Peter Prelovsek - $330,000.00 for Discovery Project entitled Quantum many-body theory of electrical and thermal transport properties of strongly correlated electron materials
  • Professor You-Gan Wang - $330,000.00 for Discovery Project entitled Robust inferences for analysis of longitudinal data
  • Associate Professor Ben Powell - $270,000.00 for Discovery Project entitled Trouble at the bottom: Exploring the limits of Fermi liquid theory through dimensionless ratios
  • Dr Tim McIntyre (with Professor Richard Morgan, Professor Michael Smart, Dr Ananthanarayanan Veeraragavan, Dr Ingo Jahn, and Dr Sandy Tirtey) -  $550,000.00 for Discovery Project entitled The science of scramjet propulsion
  • Dr Yoni Nazarathy and collaborators from Swinburne University of Technology - $300,000.00 for Discovery Project entitled Congestion control of networks: a unified stochastic framework
  • Professor Michael Drinkwater, Dr Tamara Davis and Dr David Parkinson (with other collaborators) - $740,000.00 Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Proposal entitled Mapping the universe with the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (PanSTARRS)
  • Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop and Professor Geoff Goodhill (with other collaborators) - $800,000.00 LIEF Proposal for Live molecular imaging using super resolution microscopy, two photon and spinning disk confocal microscopy

In another remarkable outcome for the School, mathematicians Dr Leonardo Rojas-Nandayapa, Dr Ian Marquette and Dr Yoni Nazarathy, as well as physicists Dr Simon Haine and Dr Alessandro Fedrizzi from the School clinched the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). The five DECRA winners comprise twenty percent of UQ’s total number of DECRA winners. The School won three of only twelve DECRAs awarded nationally in mathematical sciences, including two out of three awarded in statistics and the only DECRA awarded in mathematical physics.  

From left: Dr Simon Haine, Dr Alessandro Fedrizzi, Dr Ian Marquette, Dr Leonardo Rojas-Nandayapa and Dr Yoni Nazarathy.

For more information: SMP School Manager Mr Chris Shannon (07 3365 3272, chris.shannon @uq.edu.au) or SMP Communications and Marketing Officer Aarti Kapoor (07 3346 9935, a.kapoor@uq.edu.au)