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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 2019


Dr Georgia Pike :

Dr Georgia Pike - Visiting Fellow, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, College of Health and Medicine, Convenor, Music Engagement Program, College of Arts and Social Science

Georgia Pike is currently Convenor of the Music Engagement Program at the ANU School of Music. She is a transdisciplinary researcher with an academic background in classics, history, law and education, and a performance background as a singer, actress and director. Her research and practice focusses on improving the ways in which intergenerational outreach projects benefit individual and community wellbeing.

Dr Renae Domaschenz :

Dr Renae Domaschenz - Research Fellow, John Curtin School for Medical Research

Dr Rachael Rodney Harris :

Dr Rachael Rodney Harris - Research Fellow, ANU College if health and Medicine

Rachael's work focuses on vitamin D metabolism and related health.

Before joining NCEPH in 2017, Rachael completed her PhD with Scibus and the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, Australia, including collaboration with the University of Florida, FL. This work is focused on linkages between cattle nutrition and reproduction in the transition period, and effects of vitamin D supplementation in dairy cattle. Rachael has previously worked in sustainable agriculture policy and completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience in 2010 with honours (first class) in reproduction.

Dr Chris Wallace :

Dr Chris Wallace - ARC DECRA Fellow, National Centre of Biography


Dr Jill Sheppard :

Dr Jill Sheppard - Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations


Dr Abidah Setyowati :

Dr Abidah Setyowati - Postdoc Research Fellow, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Abidah Setyowati is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of International Relations, Australian National University. She is a broadly trained human geographer with a specialisation in political ecology. Her research interests focus broadly on social dimension of climate, neoliberal environments, natural resources and climate governance, indigenous politics, forest tenure reform and gender perspectives on these issues.

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Dr Britta Forster :

Dr Britta Forster - Research Fellow, ANU College of Science

Britta is a plant biologist in the Research School of Biology and the ARC Center of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis. Her passion are plants and to understand how they function, in particular their ability to do photosynthesis. Her current work combines molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and physiology to improve photosynthesis and crop production by hijacking more efficient mechanisms that exist in the world of algae.

Dr. Anna-Sophie Jürgens :

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.
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Anne-Sophie Dielen :

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.
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Dr Emilie Dotte-Sarout :

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.
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Dr. Vini Gautam, :

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.
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AJ Mitchell :

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.
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Dr Bonnie McConnell :

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.
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Dr Claire O’Brien :

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.

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Kate Ogg :

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.
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Christina Spry :

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.
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Trang X. Ta :

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.
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