Congratulations Professors Gregorevic, Mintern and Waller

Three leading researchers from across the School have been promoted to the position of full professor.

Congratulations to our new professors, Dr Paul Gregorevic, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Dr Justine Mintern, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Dr Karena Waller, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Provost Professor Nicola Phillips said: “Our professors are leaders and ambassadors who advance the capacity and standing of the University of Melbourne. Their leadership and example are essential to our pursuit of the highest levels of academic excellence and our wider contributions to society.”

Prof Gregorevic, is a Principal Research Fellow, laboratory head and Deputy Director of the Centre for Muscle Research. His research employs gene delivery technologies and skeletal muscle as a model system to investigate mechanisms underlying the regulation of cell growth and adaptation in health and disease, and to evaluate muscle-directed interventions for frailty associated with illness, injury and ageing. Prof Gregorevic is President of the Australasian Gene and Cell Therapy Society, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Cachexia Society.

Prof Mintern, is a Senior Lecturer and laboratory head based at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute. Prof Mintern is an expert immunologist and cell biologist and her research team investigates how cargo is delivered to the right destination inside cells. She has made significant contributions to our understanding of dendritic cell biology and mechanisms of antigen presentation, including in settings of live immunity and vaccination. Her research aims to advance vaccine design and harness the immunotherapeutic potential of dendritic cells.

Prof Waller is Deputy Program Director of the Bachelor of Biomedicine, lecturer and subject coordinator in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She joined the Department’s academic teaching staff in 2010 after 15 years in local and international malaria research. Prof Waller contributes significantly to the teaching and learning of microbiology and immunology to second and third year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine students. She is also Academic Programs Coordinator, Majors Coordinator and the Exchange/Global Mobility Coordinator for the Department and sits on numerous committees, focusing on teaching and learning, student experience and engagement, and academic governance and program management.

Please join us in warmly congratulating our new professors on their achievement.