Fellowships bring outstanding researchers to UTS in 2015

Picture by Anna Zhu

Picture by Anna Zhu

In summary: 
  • A predictive model for understanding the risk of depression in mothers after birth is among the research supported by the UTS Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2015
  • Considered one of the most prestigious university schemes for researchers, drawing applications and interest from all over the world, 11 researchers with wide-ranging interests have been appointed in the latest round

Researchers tackling coral reef ecosystem sustainability, severe asthma management and prevention and climate change effects on international disaster law reveal a snapshot of research projects being undertaken by the latest round of UTS Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships (CPD).

The CPD Research Fellowships are considered one of the most prestigious university schemes for researchers, drawing applications and interest from all over the world. This year, a total of 11 researchers have been appointed to commence in March 2015.

With appointments in health, engineering and IT, science, law, business, and the arts and social Sciences, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Glenn Wightwick reflects on what their appointments mean for the future of UTS research.

"Each of these candidates already has a very impressive track record in their field. By linking these passionate researchers with our established research teams, we will grow our university's research capabilities and provide a springboard to launch their individual academic careers.

"On behalf of the Chancellor Professor Vicki Sara, I welcome the successful Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows for 2015."

Dr Fenglian Xu, picture by Elizabeth Kuo Dr Fenglian Xu, picture supplied

Dr Fenglian Xu, one of the 2015 appointees, is a medical researcher and statistician whose CPD research project seeks to develop a predictive model for understanding the risk of depression in mothers after birth.

Xu says of her appointment, "I am honoured to be given the opportunity to continue my research in a young and creative institution such as UTS.

"During my time here, I expect to complete a predictive model to prevent depression in mothers after giving birth. Through analysing NSW linked population and health service data, I will seek to identify the risk in pregnancy and provide support for mothers in the process.

"This project will benefit Australians by providing a greater understanding of the prevention of postnatal depression, a major public health issue affecting up to 15 per cent of women after birth."

The 2015 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows are:

Dr Penelope Ajani (Science) – Diatom innovations: ecological success in a warming ocean. Supervised by Associate Professor Shauna Murray

Dr Rebecca Fox (Science) – Connecting the dots: understanding the movements of marine fish populations for management. Supervised by Professor William Gladstone

Dr Cindy Gunawan (Science) – Origins of antimicrobial resistance to nanosilver: toward mitigation of its global spread. Supervised by Professor Elizabeth Harry

Dr Ritu Jaiswal (Health) – Antigen masking via microparticles leads tumour cells to evade immune surveillance. Supervised  by Associate Professor Mary Bebawy

Ms Alice Klettner (Business) – Contingency and corporate governance: investigating the "black box" of board behaviour. Supervised by Professor Thomas Clarke

Dr Jacqueline Nelson (FASS) – Performances of racism and anti-racism in Australian families. Supervised by Professor Andrew Jakubowicz

Dr Sherub Phuntsho (FEIT) – Innovative low-cost portable desalination system for household and emergency relief. Supervised by Dr Hokyong Shon

Dr Peiyuan Qin (FEIT) – Smart wireless front-end sub-system for 5G wireless networks. Supervised by Professor Jay Guo

Dr Pawan Sharma (Science) – Autophagy as a novel therapeutic target for fibriotic airway remodelling in asthma. Supervised by Dr Brian Oliver

Dr Gabrielle Simm (Law) – International disaster law in the Asia-Pacific region. Supervised by Professor Ana Vrdoljak

Dr Fenglian Xu (Health) – Mothers' physical disorders and depression after birth. Supervised by Professor Caroline Homer