People transforming lives
Professor Mountford is a Principal Research Leader at the Institute for Glycomics and a world leader in the development of magnetic resonance (MR) technology addressing unmet needs. In the neuro field she focuses on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), injury from blast and impact, and pain. Her cancer research focuses on ovarian and breast cancer.
Queensland’s Australian of the Year 2021, Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM is the state’s first quadriplegic medical doctor, lawyer, passionate disability advocate, and co-lead researcher on the world-leading BioSpine spinal cord injury project. Dr Palipana is an inspiration to all, having completed his medical degree following the car accident that left him paralysed.
Professor de Souza is Head of the School of Information and Communication Technology at Griffith University and a former CSIRO Chief Research Scientist. A recipient of several international awards for service to science, Professor de Souza contributed to the design and deployment of a sensor used by NASA onboard two Mars rovers.
As Director of Interventional Neurology at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Dr Rice is a globally leading Endovascular specialist.
"We perform internationally recognised, minimally invasive endovascular treatments of severe life threatening brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and strokes every week.”
Professor von Itzstein is the Director and founder of the Institute for Glycomics and co-inventor of the world's first anti-flu drug Relenza.
“The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is establishing as a biomedical research hub and all the translational facilities are in place. I have no doubt we will be a world-leading research precinct.”
Prof Punyadeera is an inventor and a leader in women in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). She has had a hybrid research career working in industry and academia and is a globally acknowledged pioneer in salivary diagnostics.
Biomechanical Engineer Professor David Lloyd has received more than $34 million in research funding with a focus on developing personalised medical technologies and is Director of the Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE). He was was ranked 'The Australian' 2019 Field Leader in Biophysics,
Julia Crilly is a Professor of Emergency Care, a joint appointment between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health. Her research focuses on evaluating innovative service delivery models of care for vulnerable population groups as well as understanding and improving aspects of the ED workforce.
Dr Daniel Timms is CEO of US-based medtech BiVACOR, which has set up its international operations in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. He has invented a world-first rotary total artificial heart and has spent almost two decades developing the novel technology.
Dr Herrero is a scientifically and medically trained NHMRC Research Fellow with the Institute for Glycomics. Dr Herrero, a Young Tall Poppy Science award winner, discovered a potential new treatment strategy for viral arthritis which has resulted in a patent and royalty-bearing commercialisation license agreement with Paradigm Biopharma.
As a microbiologist and Associate Director (Research) for the Institute for Glycomics, Prof Seib is devoted to understanding bacterial causes of infectious diseases and developing therapeutic targets, specifically combatting multi-drug resistant gonococcal infections, and is the recipient of numerous major National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.
Professor Huijun Zhao is Director of Centre for Catalysis and Clean Environment and Energy (CCEE). CCEE focuses on renewable green energy sources and innovative chemical, microbiological and nano-technological approaches to understand the effects of water and soil. Prof Zhao has been named among the world's most highly-cited researchers.
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, hand surgeon Dr Bindra brought extensive US experience to join Gold Coast Health. A former Queensland Clinical Educator of the Year, he is active in education and research with the Griffith Centre for Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE), leading a major project to develop artificial ligaments to treat sports injuries.
Prof James St John, brings over 24-years in neuroscience research experience to lead a diverse team of 35 researchers at the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research, and leads the Spinal Injury Project to develop a novel regenerative medicine therapy including patented 3D nerve bridge to repair the damaged spinal cord.
Prof Mahalingham is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Principal Research Leader at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland where his work in viral immunology includes research into a live-attenuated COVID-19 vaccine and international collaboration on a COVID-19 laboratory research toolkit.
An expert in hospital management, including oversight of major capital projects, Kimberley has held a number of senior executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer at Gold Coast Health and a previous position as Chief Executive of the Sunshine Coast Ramsay Hospital.
Dr Shane George is a paediatric critical care physician working in paediatric emergency and intensive care at Gold Coast University Hospital. He is the clinical lead for children’s critical care research for Gold Coast Health, and is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland and Griffith University.
As Medical Director of Innovation and Director of Critical Care Research at Gold Coast Health, Dr Richards has a passion to utilise data to improve patient care. He is a previous Chairman of the Queensland Intensive Care Network, co-founded not-for-profit IntelliHQ and the Young Women Leaders in AI program, and sits on the advisory board of data-driven tech company Datarwe.
Professor Marshall Gradisnik and Professor Staines co-lead the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases is a world-class facility researching Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, focusing on pathology, diagnosis and treatment.
Prof Kendall leads Griffith University's Disability and Rehabilitation research program at the Menzies Health Institute Qld and has dedicated her career to helping people who have experienced serious injuries, disabilities or chronic conditions.
Dr Wellwood is Executive Director of Medical Services, Clinical Governance and Research at Gold Coast Health. He led the development of tertiary cancer services on the Gold Coast and has overseen an increased research profile and the development of the Gold Coast Health Research Strategy 2019-22.
Dietician Assoc Prof Ball is a NHMRC Fellow and 2021 Young Tall Poppy winner and leads Griffith’s 'Healthy Primary Care' research team in the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. She is Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Primary Health and Family Practice journal and is passionate about good nutrition in healthcare.
Richard is an experienced medtech manager with more than a decade with global giant Medtronic. Precise Light Surgical has revolutionized a less invasive surgical resection solution that preserves critical anatomy, reduces surgical risks and improves patient outcomes while lowering the cost of care.
Dr Lee (Liqun) Yang is a spine and neurosurgeon specialising in keyhole and complex spine surgery, precision aneurysm and brain tumour surgery and all aspects of spine, brain and peripheral nerve surgeries. He uses the latest technology (including fully-equipped Kinevo 900 microscope – “see around corners”, robotic arms and digital hybrid visualization).
Dr Kelvin Ross is Chief Technology Officer and founder of Datarwe, a public-private partnership and Clinical Data-as-a-Service provider. He's an experienced tech entrepreneur and advisor through his company KJR consulting and is a Director of the Queensland AI Hub.
A leader with the Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE), Dr Saxby is involved in a number of research projects applying biomechanics for treatment and rehabilitation, including a project to develop artificial ligament for the treatment of sports injuries.
Dr de Villiers is a Staff Specialist Specialist in Endovascular Diagnosis and Treatment of Vascular and Neurovascular Disorders working alongside Dr Hal Rice at Gold Coast Health and is an Associate Professor at Griffith University Medical School and Bond University School of Medicine.
Dr Canning is Director of Industrial Design programs at Griffith University on the Gold Coast campus. Originally from the UK, Dr Canning applies his expertise in advanced manufacturing technologies to medical, art and design challenges, including anatomical simulation, implant and prosthesis design.
Prof Paul Burton heads the diverse Cities Research Institute, covering urban design, policy, coastal management, transport planning and more, based at Griffith's Gold Coast campus. Originally from the UK, he came to Australia as Chair in Urban Planning and Management, working closely with the City of Gold Coast.
Wendy is the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Wound Care and an experienced nurse researcher who has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame and is a lifetime honorary fellow of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.
Prof Laurent Frossard is a bionic limbs scientist passionate about developing ground-breaking prosthetic solutions for people suffering from limb loss. Dr Frossard has over 25 years of experience in academia and private industries in Australia, Canada and Europe working with more than 100 organizations.
Ariana oversees facilities, community management, communications, marketing and events for spaces under the CoSpaces umbrella, including Cohort. She sits on the Executive Board of Southport Chamber of Commerce and is Co-Director for Startup Grind Gold Coast.
Dr De Cerqeuira founded Cluster Biotech to innovate in the business of probiotics technologies. He has 15 years of research and development experience, including as a lecturer in Immunology and Microbiology, and working as a postdoctoral and visiting scientist in Australia and overseas.
An Assoc Prof in Speech Pathology, Advanced QLD Fellow, and Deputy Research Director at The Hopkins Centre, Menzies Health Institute Queensland with a passion for autism research, he is overseeing research collaboration with the Sanctuary Early Learning Centre - a 'living lab' for early childhood education within the Precinct's Proxima development.
Professor Mak is a highly-experienced Research Leader in Infectious Diseases at the Institute for Glycomics, with a long-term research focus on HIV and a career across Canada and Australia. He has also applied his virology expertise and lessons learnt in HIV biology to COVID-19.
Assoc Professor of Neurophysiology at Menzies Health Institute Queensland and Deputy Head (Research) of the School of Pharmacy and Medical Science. Leading regenerative medicine research at the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research alongside Prof James St John.
Dr Sabet has been Director of Neurology at Gold Coast University Hospital for 15 years and is active in clinical trials in the areas of stroke treatments and neurological diseases, including a trial of medicinal cannabis for early-stage motor neurone disease.
With a PhD from the University of Cambridge and qualifications from the US and Germany, Prof Feih is a materials science expert who has led large industrial research projects in aircraft repair, design for additive manufacturing and polymer composite materials, and led the Polymer Processing Group at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech).
Dr Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator. She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at Gold Coast Health, and at Bond University's medical program.
Director of Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MIHQ) Healthcare Practice and Survivorship Program, Prof Moyle specialises in the use of social robots to assist in dementia care. She has been named in the Top 50 Women in the World in Robotics.
Adjunct Associate Professor Ross Sharpe is a leading Interventional Cardiologist and Endovascular Surgeon operating within the precinct. Dr Sharpe established the PFO Research Foundation to increase public and physician awareness of the medical condition called patent foramen ovale (PFO) or “hole in the heart”.
Emer Prof Geoff Tansley is former Head of School of Engineering at Griffith University and a highly-experienced researcher in industry and academia over two decades in medical devices, with a focus on cardiac and vascular devices.
Dr Chris Davis leads the commercialization and business development of the Institute for Glycomics and is Chair of the Ausbiotech Queensland Committee and Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Gold Coast.
Prof Tiralongo heads up Griffith University's Clinical Trial Unit (CTU), a core research infastructure facility for the university, and has 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical research in Australia and Germany. Her specific research expertise lies in the field of complementary medicines.
Assoc Prof Carty is a Principal Research Fellow in the Griffith School of Allied Health and an exercise physiologist and clinical biomechanist focused on clinical management of human movement disorders, including leading research translation of novel in-silico orthopaedic surgeries and implants for paediatric patients.
Dr Martina Barzan is a biomedical engineer and research fellow working in Disability and Rehabilitation Research with the Griffith Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabiliation (GCORE), focusing on novel in-silico orthopaedic surgeries and implants for paediatric patients that are cutting surgery times and improving patient outcomes.
Dr McNamee is a post-doctoral fellow working on biorheology research in the Griffith Mechanobiology laboratory, helping to develop blood-friendly cardiac and vascular devices. He won the Queensland Fresh Scientist Judges Award 2019 for research into improving life support by 'destressing' blood cells.
Dr Chaousis is the Partnerships Manager for data-driven technology company Datarwe and has a science research background with a PhD in ecotoxicology.
Dr West focuses on spatical genomics as a leading-edge research approach enabling drug discovery, and research into the interaction of the microbiome and the immune system with the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MIHQ).
Dr Mo Chen developed a novel 3D cell culturing system (the naked liquid marble 3D cell culture system, NLM) and two patent applications used in the creation of nerve bridges. His technology was key to his research team in the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research winning the prestigious NHRMC Marshall and Warren Innovation Award.