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Researcher Week Participants

Professor Gary Bryant

Gary Bryant was Associate Dean for Higher Degree Research students in the School of Science from 2009 - Sep 2019 and Director, Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Physics (NanoPHYS) from 2013-2019. He is currently Associate Dean (Physics) in the School of Science. His research interests include: Light, Neutron and X-ray scattering in Biology and Physics; Phase transitions in colloidal suspensions; and Freezing and dehydration in biology.

Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga

Usha Iyer-Raniga is at the School of Property and Construction Management. Usha is co-leading the One Planet Network’s Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC), United Nations 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (UN 10FYP SCP) aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 12. She is also Chair of the Second Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in the Asia Pacific to be held in India in December 2019. Usha’s primary interest is in sustainability of the built environment, in achieving practical solutions to ensure sustainable outcomes for the users of the built environment. Usha brings cross-disciplinary and project management experiences to her teaching and research.

Professor Asha Rao

Asha Rao is a mathematician by training and applies algebraic techniques to a wide variety of problems, ranging from designing better codes for communication, to detecting money laundering and describing human interactions in the physical space. Her research has led to traditional outputs such as grants and publications, as well as non-traditional outputs such as invitations to closed and open meetings on cybersecurity as well as to observe the United Nations intergovernmental meetings on cybercrime. As a 2019-2020 Superstar of STEM, she is passionate about mathematics and gender issues that stymie the progress of women and girls in STEM careers. As the founding chair of the Women in Maths, she put in place several initiatives to improve gender equity within the mathematical sciences in Australia. She appears regularly on audio visual and print media and has won RMIT Media Star awards.

Priya Rani

Priya Rani has submitted her PhD thesis entitled ‘Quantification of prognostic parameters for assessment of diabetes-related foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers using image processing techniques’.

Rowa Barashi

Rowa Barashi is currently undertaking her PhD in the School of Business and Information Technology. Her topic is the customer experience management and its impact on performance.

Dr Huan Vo-Tran

Vo-Tran is an Information Management lecturer and the HDR coordinator in the School of BIT&L. Prior to joining RMIT, Huan worked as a secondary school teacher where he held the roles of Year 9 Learning Team Leader as well as the E-Learning coordinator. Huan currently serves on the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Research Advisory Committee whose focus is to promote the value of research in the profession and to provide advice on ALIA’s role in research in general.

Dr Jane Garner

Dr Jane Garner is an academic with the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students who are working towards qualifications that will enable them to work in libraries, archives, museums and record keeping organisations. She graduated from RMIT at the end of 2017 with a PhD that focussed on the experiences of using libraries in prisons. Her current research is taking her into juvenile justice facilities in Australia and the United States where she is studying the contribution of their libraries in the lives of incarcerated children. Jane is a regular user of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram within both her teaching and research.

Professor Imad Moosa

Imad Moosa is currently a professor of finance at RMIT, with previous positions at the University of Sheffield (UK), La Trobe University and Monash University. Professor Moosa's research has appeared in 25 books and over 200 academic journal papers, as well as professional magazines such as the prestigious Euromoney.

Fernanda Quilici Mola

Fernanda Quilici Mola is in her final year of her PhD in the School of Fashion and Textiles. Her PhD research is entitled ‘The power of textile-poiesis', in which she investigates the affective and political contribution of traditional textile-craft activities to marginalised communities. She's also the HDR representative in her School, working hard to improve candidates’ sense of wellbeing.

Associate Professor Quentin Stevens

Quentin Stevens is a full-time researcher in urban design, with a particular focus on people’s perception and behaviour in urban open spaces. His work in recent years has been fully funded by major competitive grants from the Australian Research Council and Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has previously worked at University College London and the University of Queensland. He holds professional degrees in architecture and urban planning and completed his PhD in urban design in 2002.

Jean-Francois Desvignes

Jean-Francois is a Solutions Consultant for Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters' IP & Science), working with research organisations and policy makers to better understand their research outputs and research trends. He also works with clients across Australasia to build skills across the Web of Science group's solutions (such as Web of Science and InCites), often referred as "scientometrics information". Jean-Francois is currently undertaking a PhD with Swinburne University.

Dr Alex Wake

Alex Wake is the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism). She’s @wakeinfright on Twitter and Instagram, has a public and personal facebook page, a fairly active LinkedIn account, and a rarely used SnapChat account. Alex runs multiple social media accounts for her own classes, for the journalism program, and for associated positions including being the President of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, the Dart Centre for Jouralists and Trauma, and Mindframe for Media (reporting on suicide and mental illness). Alex has received several RMIT Media Star awards, and has been asked by many students to stop posting at 1am. She writes regularly for The Conversation (but never reads the comments, although she should engage with them). She thinks she should blog, but doesn’t.

Dr Olivia Hamilton

Olivia Hamilton's research practice is interested in how creative spatial practices can be developed and guided by commoning, and how, in turn, creative practice can be conducive to a proliferation of commoning. Her work explores the proposition that creative collaborative practices can bring new perspectives and capacities to commoning and in return, the social and spatial praxis of commoning provides creative practice with ways to seek, recognise and value experiences of mutuality. Her ongoing research is conducted through creative spatial practice, design pedagogy and writing.

Chamindika Weerakoon

Chamindika Weerakoon is currently a lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. Her PhD study was on organisational social capital and innovativeness of Australian social enterprises.

Dr Anna Thomas

Dr Anna Thomas the Manager, Research Translation at RMIT. Dr Thomas supports researchers to achieve impact using research translation processes and strategies. Dr Thomas is an active researcher in the field of gambling, using research translation to facilitate influence policy and practice change to reduce and prevent harm.

Dr David Downes

Dr David Downes works in the Research Translation team to support researchers in planning to achieve impact from their research. He has previously worked as a researcher in environmental policy, in policy and strategy development roles with the Victorian Government and at a national health NGO, and as an independent consultant.

Dr Taghrid Istivan

Dr. Taghrid Istivan is currently a Senior Lecturer, Senior L&T Program Leader-Biosciences, and Head of Pathogens and Therapies research team at the Biosciences and Food Technology Discipline, School of Science. After completion of her PhD in 2005 at RMIT University in the field of Molecular Microbiology, she was employed as a Postdoctoral research fellow and a tenure track Fellow and then as a lecturer in Microbiology. Since completion of her PhD, Taghrid has published book chapters and 25 peer reviewed journal articles, with a Google Scholar citation h-index of 13. Her research focusses on the colonisation and virulence of opportunistic bacteria and on developing novel therapeutics.