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▹ A warm welcome to Dr Tony Velkov who has recently joined the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

▹ Academic Promotions

▹ Safer Community Program

A warm welcome to Dr Tony Velkov who has recently joined the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

The School of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics welcome Dr Tony Velkov who has recently joined the Department.  Tony’s research has focused on the urgent unmet global challenge arising from multidrug-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health globally as new antibiotics against Gram-negative ‘superbugs’ are expected to be available in the near future from Industry.

Tony has an international track record in the discovery of novel lipopeptides against Gram-negative ‘superbugs’ and was the first to design novel lipopeptide analogues targeting polymyxin-resistant Gram-negative ‘superbugs’ based around his new SAR model that changed the field.

Tony has published 106 papers and received strong funding support from NHMRC and US National Institutes of Health (4 R01s) for his anti-infective research programs. Two R01 grants awarded in 2012 and 2014 were highlighted by President Barack Obama as one of six shining examples of US - Australia innovation and science cooperation.

The quality and impact of his research is recognised by two NHMRC Excellence Awards in 2011 and 2015.

See a recent announcement.

Academic Promotions

Our congratulations to those academic staff in the School who were recently promoted to Level C:

Dr Linda Wakim, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Dr Daniel Pellicci, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Dr Diana Stojanovski, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr David Williams, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Dr Jonathan Mangum, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Dr Charles Sevigny, Department of Physiology

Dr Junhua Xiao, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience

Safer Community Program

The University’s response to the release of the results of the RESPECT. NOW. ALWAYS National student survey of sexual assault and sexual harassment in university communities included a range of commitments, including strengthening the Safer Community Program (SCP).

The Safer Community Program (SCP) promotes a respectful, inclusive, and connected campus community that fosters safe learning, working and living at the University of Melbourne. The SCP provides the opportunity to seek support and advice about behaviours of concern.

SCP resources include security escorts, personal safety tips, and support, referrals and information for those who have been sexually assaulted.

SCP can be contacted by phone 9035 8675, email safer-community@unimelb.edu.au, by online booking of a one-one appointment or in person via Stop 1 (Parkville), 757 Swanston Street.