2016 Awardees

The ASBMB maintains a number of awards to recognise excellence in Australian Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


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The Lemberg Medal

The Lemberg Medal is awarded to a distinguished ASBMB member who will present the Lemberg Lecture at the ComBio meeting. The Medal is presented in memory of Emeritus Professor M.R. Lemberg who was the Society’s first President and Honorary Member. The award will be made to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and who has made significant contributions to the scientific community. Nominees must have been members of the Society for at least 5 years before the year in which the Medal nomination is to be considered. An honorarium is provided by ASBMB.

2016 Medallist:
Professor Jane Visvader
Jane Visvader

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


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The Merck Research Medal

The Merck Research Medal is awarded to an outstanding Australian biochemist or molecular biologist with less than 15 years postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will present the Merck Medal Lecture at the ComBio meeting. Nominees must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Medal nomination is to be considered. An honorarium is provided through the courtesy of Merck Pty Ltd.

2016 Medallist:
Collins
Brett Collins

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
University of Queensland


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The LabGear Australia Discovery Science Award

The LabGear Australia Discovery Science Award is awarded to an ASBMB member for distinguished contributions to the field of biochemistry and molecular biology. The nominee should demonstrate involvement in research innovation, technology transfer, and communication. The Award is intended as a Travelling Lectureship to enable the awardee to present his/her work at a number of centres within Australia and New Zealand. The awardee will also present a Symposium talk at the ComBio meeting. Nominees must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Award nomination is to be considered. The award carries an honorarium to cover the travelling expenses, provided through the courtesy of LabGear Australia.

2016 Awardee:
Mackay
Joel Mackay

School of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Sydney


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The Beckman Coulter Education Award

The Beckman Coulter Education Award rewards outstanding achievement in education in biochemistry or molecular biology, especially innovation and creativity in education, with a view to fostering leadership in this important area of the Society’s objectives. The Award will enable the recipient to participate in an international conference with a significant focus on education, or to spend a period of time at another institution (in Australia or overseas) for the purposes of undertaking developments in education in biochemistry and molecular biology. The recipient will present a lecture within the Education Symposium at the ComBio meeting. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Award application is to be considered. The contribution to travel expenses is provided by Beckman Coulter.

2016 Awardee:
Giovanna Di Trapani

School of Natural Sciences
Griffith University


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The Eppendorf Edman Award

The Eppendorf Edman Award is awarded to a biochemist or molecular biologist with no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience, in recognition of their outstanding research work. The Award provides funds to assist the recipient to attend an overseas conference in a field associated with biochemistry or molecular biology or to visit briefly a research laboratory in Australia or elsewhere to access specialised equipment or to learn new research techniques. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least 12 months before the year in which the Award application is to be considered. The contribution to travel expenses is provided by Eppendorf South Pacific

2016 Awardee:
Dunstone
Michelle Dunstone

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Monash University


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The Bioplatforms Australia Award

The Bioplatforms Australia Award is awarded to a biochemist or molecular biologist with no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience working in the field of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics or relevant bioinformatics. The award is based on recognition of outstanding research and the potential to carry out independent research. Preference is given to those setting up an independent laboratory for the first time. The Award provides $10,000 worth of access to the services provided by nodes of Bioplatforms Australia. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least 12 months before the year in which the Award application is to be considered.

2016 Awardee:
Chooi
Yit-Heng Chooi

School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Western Australia


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ASBMB Fellowships

Approximately four ASBMB Fellowships are awarded annually to biochemists or molecular biologists, each of whom is at least in the second year of PhD training and not more than 2 years subsequent to the award of the PhD degree, and normally resident in Australia, in recognition of their outstanding work in the field of biochemistry or molecular biology. Applicants must be members of the Society with at least 1 year of membership immediately prior to the application. The fellowships provide funds to assist each recipient to attend an overseas conference in a field associated with biochemistry or molecular biology or to visit briefly research laboratories in Australia or overseas to learn new research techniques. Each recipient will receive complimentary registration (Collins Bursary) for the Annual Conference of the Society, thus wherever possible, fellowship recipients shall attend the Annual Conference of the Society where their fellowship will be awarded. Each recipient shall provide the Editor with a report of the overseas conference attended or the work accomplished, for publication in the Australian Biochemist. Funding for the fellowships is provided by ASBMB. In each year one such ASBMB Fellowship, designated the Fred Collins Award, may be granted for exceptionally strong research work by an applicant. Please click here to read about Fred Collins.

2016 ASBMB Fellowship Winners:

 

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Fred Collins Award: Stanley Cheng Xie

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Melbourne


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Stephen Fairweather

Research School of Biology
Australian National University


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Sweta Iyer

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


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Wei Hong Toh

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Melbourne