Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowships
2012 Fellowship recipients
Dr Baohua Jia
Only six years after completing her PhD, Dr Baohua Jia has already established an impressive research and publications record in smart nanotechnology for solar energy harvesting and smart nanostructures for sustainable information technology. This research has extensive application in the development of more energy efficient and cost effective solar cells and smaller, faster and greener optoelectronic devices.
Dr Jia comes to RMIT from Swinburne University where she has been a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwith Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and Chief Scientist at the Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility. She has received several awards for her research including an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher award and the 2012 L’Oreal Women in Science Fellowship.
Dr Jia will join the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and be aligned with the Platform Technologies Research Institute.
Dr Alyson Miller
Dr Alyson Miller has established a reputation for cerebral vascular pharmacology and stroke research including stroke risk factors, prevention and treatment.
Stroke remains a leading cause of death and impairment and her research is contributing to new directions in stroke therapy including current research into the importance of a newly discovered mechanism of cerebral protection by the hormone ghrelin.
Dr Miller has been extensively awarded for her research achievements, supervised students to PhD level, presented at numerous conferences in Australia and overseas and published widely in journals and books.
After completing her Bachelor and PhD studies in Scotland, Dr Miller has spent nearly 10 years undertaking research at Melbourne and Monash Universities.
Dr Miller joins the School of Medical Sciences and will be aligned with the Health Innovations Research Institute.
Dr Marta Poblet
Dr Marta Poblet has research that cuts across many disciplines including political science, law, technology and sociology and brings her into contact with computer scientists, knowledge engineers, GIS experts and crisis mappers.
Her particular area of interest is in how technologies can provide outcomes for citizens in the areas of justice, security, privacy, disaster relief or emergency management and she is also working on the influence of emerging technologies such as crowd sourcing and domain mapping.
With an undergraduate degree from her native Spain and postgraduate degrees from Stanford University, Dr Poblet also speaks six languages and she has been published in both English and Spanish language journals, papers and books.
Dr Poblet will join the Graduate School of Business and Law and be aligned with the Global Cities Research Institute.
Dr John Postill
Dr John Postill's research has taken him across several continents as he investigates the relationship between media and social change in different cultural, political and technological contexts.
His particular areas of interest include digital and media ethnography, digital activism, social change movements, protest and the use of civic urban spaces with recent work looking at the rise of social movements in Spain following the Arab Spring, some of which evolved into the Occupy Movement. He has also spent considerable time undertaking research in Malaysia, which was the focus of his PhD from University College London.
He has a strong publishing and supervision record, has regularly appeared in the media and incorporates many new web platforms into his research.
Dr Postill will join the School of Media and Communications and be aligned to the Global Cities Research Institute.
Dr Donald Wlodkowic
Dr Donald Wlodkowic has undertaken multidisciplinary research into the development of enabling microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip and bioMEMS technologies that have application in biomedicine, diagnostics, environmental monitoring, ecotoxicology and laboratory automation.
During his time at the University of Auckland, his work attracted substantial research investment and his collaboration with a number of industrial partners led to opportunities for commercialisation of these technologies.
Dr Wlodkowic is originally from Poland, completed his PhD in Finland and worked in Scotland before moving to New Zealand. He will join the School of Applied Sciences and be aligned with the Platform Technologies Research Institute.
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