Congratulations to five existing and new Faculty of Science researchers who have been awarded Australian Research Council Future Fellowships in the latest round.

They are among 14 Future Fellowships totalling $12,124,327 for UQ, announced by Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham in Canberra.

Science recipients are:

Professor Gene Tyson
(School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences): $1,016,000 to expand the understanding of key microorganisms, metabolic strategies, and interspecies relationships involved in the formation and consumption of methane. The project will lead to a greater understanding of the contribution of novel microorganisms to global carbon cycling and their links to climate change, assisting modelling efforts to understand future climate change scenarios.

Dr Eve McDonald-Madden
(School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions): $886,704 to develop systems models of local environmental impacts of beef production, coupled with models of global beef trade to analyse production and policy scenarios. The project will develop a framework to project the ecological impacts of domestic cattle production policies, allowing informed decisions that consider and benefit environmental and socio-economic values.

Dr Christian Rinke (School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences): $728,776 to investigate the origin of eukaryotes and all multicellular life within Archaea, a domain of single-celled microorganisms. The project aims to develop a high-throughput single-cell genomics approach to recover archaeal genomes, bypassing the cultivation step. It will contribute to a comprehensive taxonomic framework for the evaluation of evolutionary relationships between the eukaryotic and archaeal domains and uncover previously unknown archaea with novel metabolic capabilities.

Dr Jacinda Ginges (School of Mathematics and Physics): $800,077 for a project that aims to further the understanding of the structure of heavy atoms through development and application of state-of-the-art many-electron methods. The expected outcome of this project will be to increase capability in fundamental physics tests and in the development of precision atomic instruments.

Dr Nathan Langford (School of Mathematics and Physics): $768,000 to explore the effects of strong interactions on phases of light and matter in complex quantum systems, by mimicking them with surrogates called quantum simulators. The project will aim to open up new research directions by building a versatile simulator platform from nanoscale superconducting electronic circuits, with flexibly engineered and precisely controlled elements. Expected outcomes include better understanding of complex materials and a certifiable scaling-up pathway towards simulation complexity, future hi-tech manufacturing, and enhanced quantum engineering research capacity.








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