Early career researchers awarded $9.5m funding

16 September 2022
22 Sydney academics receive DECRAs
The University of Sydney has received funding for 22 research projects through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme.

Minister for Education and Youth, the Hon Jason Clare MP, announced $85 million for 200 projects to support early career researchers. The University was awarded $9.5m to fund 22 up-and-coming researchers. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston congratulated the recipients.

“It is fantastic to see such a large cohort of our outstanding early career researchers recognised through the ARC DECRA scheme and that we lead the nation for 2023 DECRA awards and total funding. Our early career researchers are working on projects which will generate new knowledge across the spectrum of fundamental and applied research to solve the challenges we face as a society now, and into the future.

“Our colleagues’ DECRA projects cover a wonderfully broad range of research areas from assessing climate risk for future food supply, re-igniting 'artistic vibrancy' in the Australian opera ecosystem, understanding philosophical progress, child wellbeing in the context of parental detention, to climate-related auditing and reporting and how these metrics are incorporated into executives’ remuneration. Early career researchers are such an important part of our research ecosystem and I am extremely proud of their success.”

Faculty of Science

Dr Jemma Todd - Pain: open to interpretation?

Dr Orpheus Butler - Plant community responses to fire regime: the role of plant–soil feedbacks.  

Dr Thomas White - Illuminating the function and evolution of iridescence.

Dr Leo Corcilius - Phos-ligation: A powerful new tool for chemoselective protein modification.

Dr Kit Double - Using metacognitive self-evaluation to improve knowledge transfer.

Dr Arunima Malik - Assessing climate risk for future food supply.

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Dr Xuyu Liu - Chimeric molecules for precision protein modification.

Dr Danielle Muscat - Co-creating critical health literacy interventions.

Dr Folarin Oluseye (Seye) Abimbola - Towards dignity-based knowledge practices in global health.

Dr Rosemary Cater - How does heme regulate blood vessel formation in the brain?  

The University of Sydney Law School

Dr Ben Chen - The behavioural economics of inheritance litigation.

Faculty of Engineering

Dr Wanchun Liu- Wireless communications for human-machine collaboration.

Dr Clement Canonne - Trading privacy, bandwidth and accuracy in algorithmic machine learning.

Dr Yi Shen -Modulating protein phase behaviour: cell functions vs material development.

Dr Zhongpu Zhang - Computational design of defect-free additive manufactured ceramic structure.

Dr Shaopeng Chi - Decode neuro-mechanobiology: mechanosensitive ion channels in proprioception.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Michelle Peterie - Child wellbeing in the context of parental detention.

Dr Peyvand Firouzeh - Art, migration, state-building: India in the Indian ocean world.

Dr Elisabeth Kramer - The politics of tobacco policy in Indonesia.

Dr James Norton - Understanding philosophical progress.

The University of Sydney Business School

Dr Shan Zhou - Climate change: the role of reporting, auditing and executive remuneration.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Dr Stephen Mould  - Re-igniting 'artistic vibrancy' in the Australian opera ecosystem.

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