This media release was provided by the Forrest Research Foundation.
Four post-doctoral researchers from around the world have been named recipients of the prestigious 2020 Forrest Fellowships.
The fellowships are provided to outstanding early career researchers to undertake high quality research at any of the five universities in Western Australia.
Dr Jessica Buck, who is the first Indigenous Forrest Fellow and was the first Aboriginal woman to graduate with a PhD from Oxford University, will take up her fellowship at UWA and Telethon Kids Institute. Dr Buck is a medical researcher developing ways to improve the treatment of brain tumours in children.
Dr David Gozzard, a recipient of a 2017 WA Premier’s Science Award, will be carrying out his research at UWA on how satellite and laser communication technologies can be used to improve space exploration.
Dr Peter Kraus who graduated with his PhD from the Imperial College London will join Curtin University where he will help develop emerging technologies such as semiconductors, batteries and photovoltaics as a way to combat climate change.
Moroccan researcher Dr Houda Ennaceri, who is currently based at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering in Germany, will be undertaking her research at Murdoch University to develop a more efficient method for producing bio-diesel from micro-algae.
Warden of the Forrest Research Foundation, Professor Paul Johnson, was extremely pleased that Forrest Research Foundation has appointed such exceptional early career researchers.
“The research of these four outstanding early-career scientists will further build the reputation of Perth as a dynamic hub of discovery and innovation,” Professor Johnson said.
This year’s recipients will reside at Forrest Hall and commence their fellowships in 2020.
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