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Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher

Fellowships Bring Research Excellence To Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today announced the winners of the 2011 Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (VESKI) Fellowships at a ceremony in Melbourne.

“The VESKI Innovation Fellowships are awarded to leading researchers from a range of fields to conduct vital research at Victoria’s top research institutions.” Ms. Asher said.

“The Fellowships attract highly successful candidates and bring considerable benefits to the research community, through the sharing of knowledge, fostering an innovative culture and promoting commercialisation.” Ms. Asher said.

Successful VESKI fellows receive $50,000 a year for three years from the Victorian Government, matched by cash and in-kind contributions from the recipients’ host research institutions.

This year’s winners are:

  • Dr. Matthew Call, formerly of Harvard Medical School, now working at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Dr. Call will study the structure and function of the molecular sensors used by cells of the immune system that detect signs of infection or cancer to initiate an appropriate immune response.
  • Dr. Christopher McNeill, an expatriate Australian working at Cambridge University, now working as a lecturer and researcher at Monash University. Dr McNeill will explore new approaches to pattern organic solar cells on the nanoscale, and to realise improved efficiencies and understanding of semi-conductor device operation.

“The benefits to the community of luring these scientists and innovators to Victoria are enormous, as they bring with them valuable professional experience, and access to global networks.” Ms. Asher said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to honouring our brightest minds, by providing opportunities for our researchers in Victoria, and fuelling the possibilities innovation can play as a key contributor to the future of our State’s economy.” Ms. Asher said.

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