Early Career Academic Fellows
Early Career Academic Fellows contribute to the life and work of University House in a variety of ways: by connecting with each other, with members of University House, and with resident postgraduates; by mentoring later-year Tuckwell Scholars; and by contributing to the governance of University and Graduate Houses. The Fellows hold early-career academic appointments at ANU.
University House Early Career Academic Fellows 2017
Dr. Anna-Sophie Jürgens, Humanities Research Centre, CASS
Anna-Sophie Jürgens is a scholar of Comparative Literature and currently a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, ANU. Her interests include Circus in Fiction, the literary and cultural history of (violent) clowns, hyperbolic and grotesque aesthetics, Artistic Research and Science in Fiction.
Dr Deborah Apthorp, Psychology, CMBE
Deborah Apthorp is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Research School of Psychology. Her interests include visual neuroscience, visual perception, EEG, postural sway, movement disorders , face perception, attention, and fMRI.
Dr Elena Martin Avila, Biology, CMBE
My current work in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis explores novel approaches to improve the catalytic efficiency of the CO2-fixing enzyme, Rubisco, as a prime target for genetic engineering to supercharge photosynthesis and improve growth efficiency in crops.
Dr Gemma Betros , History, CASS
Gemma Betros holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is Lecturer in European History, working on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and Napoleon.
Dr Julie Brooke, Art, CASS
Julie Brooke is an ANU School of Art Research Fellow and an exhibiting painter who investigates parallels between research in science and in the visual arts.
Dr Svitlana Chernykh, Politics & International Relations, CASS
Svitlana Chernykh is a Lecturer in School of Politics and International Relations. Her research focuses on democratisation, comparative political institutions (parties, constitutions, elections), and executive-legislative relations.
Dr Sorin Daniliuc, Accounting & Business, CBE
Sorin Daniliuc is a lecturer in the Research School of Accounting at the Australian National University. Sorin’s interests lie in the areas of corporate governance, business combinations, consolidations and corporate restructuring.
Dr Anne-Sophie Dielen, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Anne-Sophie Dielen is a molecular biologist and biochemist who has always been fascinated by plants. Her current work, as part of the Realizing Improved Photosynthesis Efficiency –RIPE- project, focuses on improving photosynthesis efficiency, by adding components of cyanobacterias to higher plants.
Dr Emilie Dotte-Sarout, Archaeology, CASS
Emilie Dotte-Sarout is an archaeologist and archaeobotanist currently working on the history of the discipline in Oceania, with several smaller projects investigating pre-european arboriculture in Australia, French Polynesia and New Caledonia.
Dr. Vini Gautam, Engineering, CECS & CMBE
Vini Gautam is a joint postdoctoral fellow between the Research School of Engineering and the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. Her interdisciplinary research interests include developing neuroprosthetic implants, and exploring novel biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications.
Dr Hilary Howes, Archaeology, CASS
Hilary Howes has recently commenced a five-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, working on Professor Matthew Spriggs’ ARC Laureate Fellowship project “The collective biography of archaeology in the Pacific: A hidden history”.
Dr Kim Huynh, Politics & International Relations, CASS
Kim Huynh teaches international relations and political philosophy, and writes about young people, forced migration and Vietnam.
Dr AJ Mitchell, Nuclear Physics, CPMS
AJ Mitchell is originally from Northern Ireland. His research aims to improve our understanding of the heart of the atom – the nucleus – and the fundamental forces that hold visible matter together.
Dr Bonnie McConnell, Ethnomusicology, CASS (School of Music)
Dr Bonnie McConnell is a lecturer in ethnomusicology at the ANU School of Music. She received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2015. Bonnie’s research examines music in relation to issues of gender, health, and social change. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Program and the American Association of University Women. Bonnie’s work is published in Social Science & Medicine, Ethnomusicology, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.
Dr Claire O’Brien, Medical School, CMBE
Claire O’Brien is an NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Research Fellow, and, Lecturer. Her main research interest is the gut microbiome, particularly in the context of Crohn’s disease.
Dr Kate Ogg, Law, CoL
Kate is a lecturer at the ANU College of law specialising in refugee law, international human rights law, feminist legal theory and litigation.
Dr Alexander Solntsev, Nonlinear Physics Centre, RSPE
Alexander Solntsev is a Research Fellow at the Nonlinear Physics Centre, Research School of Physics and Engineering. He investigates what happens when a laser is focused into specially designed structures with sizes hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair.
Dr Christina Spry, Biology, CMBE
Christina Spry is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow working in the Research School of Biology with a a keen interest in antimicrobial drug discovery.
Dr. Trang X. Ta, Anthropology, CASS
Dr. Trang X. Ta is a Lecturer in Medical Anthropology and the Convenor of the Masters Program in Culture, Health, and Medicine, a joint initiative of the College of Arts and Social Sciences and College of Medicine, Biology, and Environment.
Mr Stephen Tang, Law, CoL
Stephen Tang is a lecturer and psychologist at the ANU College of Law. His interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include mental health in the law, therapeutic jurisprudence and the application of behavioural insights to legal regulation and public policy.
Dr Timothy Trudgian, Mathematics, CPMS
Tim Trudgian is an ARC Future Fellow in mathematics. His area of research is analytic number theory. He is passionate about increasing the number of women in mathematics.
Dr Nicholas White, Chemistry, CPMS
Nick is a lecturer and ARC DECRA fellow in the Research School of Chemistry. He works in the field of supramolecular chemistry, often described as "chemistry beyond the molecule," and investigates how weak interactions between molecules can be used to assemble complex and useful structures.