$8.9m in DECRA grants awarded to Monash early career researchers

Twenty-one Monash researchers have been awarded more than $8.9 million under the ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) scheme.

The DECRA scheme aims to support Early Career Researchers with strengthening their research skills, enhancing national and international research collaboration and supporting high quality and supportive research environments.

The researchers include Dr Pirooz Zareie, from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, who will use multidisciplinary collaborations to determine how T cells respond to antigens; Dr Kalin Stefanov, from the Faculty of IT, whose project aims to create the largest Auslan dataset to support the Australian Deaf community and promote advancements in this research area; and Dr Nicholas Ferns, from the Faculty of Arts, who will look into the connections between Australia’s post-war development and the decolonisation of Papua New Guinea that dictated post-war global politics.

The $8.9 million awarded to Monash University is among $85.8 million awarded to 200 projects by the Australian Government under the DECRA scheme.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Rebekah Brown congratulated Monash’s Early Career Researchers and their faculties on this year’s DECRA results.

“I am thrilled so many of our bright and talented Early Career Researchers have been recognised with these awards, which will enable them to pursue research with impact across a diverse range of disciplines. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

The funded projects include:

DECRA CandidateFacultyTitle
Dr Pirooz ZareieMNHSRedefining how T cell recognition drives T cell activation
Dr Jun LuEngNovel Hydroxide Ion Conductive Membranes for Advanced Ammonia Fuel Cell
Dr Kalin StefanovITTowards automated Australian Sign Language translation
Dr Xin ZhangPharmCryo-electron microscopy determination of G protein-coupled receptor states
Dr Rachael LappanMNHSMicrobial life in the atmosphere
Dr Aurina ArnatkeviciuteMNHSMapping the genetics of brain connectivity
Dr Meiling HanMNHSBacterial membrane remodelling and the interaction with peptides
A/Prof James TrauerMNHSStrategies to minimise the societal impacts of zoonotic pandemics
Dr Hao WangITReliable Integration of Distributed Low-Carbon Energy Resources
Dr Nicholas FernsArtsAustralia and the World Bank: Financing Development and Decolonisation
Dr Christopher StubenrauchMNHSA novel bacterial secretion system for applications in nanobiotechnology
Dr Briony HillMNHSReframing knowledge of preconception lifestyles: A socioecological approach
Dr Reza NosratiEngFallopian tube on-a-chip for understanding mammalian reproduction
Dr Scarlett HowardSciInvestigating the responses of Australian native bees to climatic warming
Dr Praveena ThirunavukkarasuMNHSMolecular insights into lipid-mediated T cell immunity
Dr Sean BaySciCave microbial metabolism as a missing biogeochemical sink
Dr Reza RazzaghiEngAccurate Fault Location Methods for Complex Power Networks
Dr Taissa DanilovichSciUnderstanding the birth of new elements by observing dying stars
Dr Stanley Cheng XiePharmInhibiting adenylate-forming enzymes via a new reaction-hijacking mechanism
Dr Ludovic ScybozSciBridging the accuracy gap: High-precision parton showers for colliders
Dr Ruben Loaiza-MayaBusEcoVariational Inference for Intractable and Misspecified State Space Models