Laureate Fellowship for Professor Geoff McFadden
Professor Geoffrey McFadden has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.
The award is one of 17 prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships announced today by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham.
Professor McFadden will use his five-year fellowship to study sexual gene inheritance in the mosquito-borne human and animal parasite Plasmodium. He will investigate the fate and behaviour of Plasmodium genes during reproduction; the differing chromosome states resulting from sexual genetic processes and the asymmetrical inheritance of some Plasmodium genes.
Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ARC, Ms Leanne Harvey, said the Australian Laureate Fellowships are essential to expanding Australia’s knowledge base and research capability.
"The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme attracts and retains outstanding researchers and research leaders of international repute so they can undertake ground-breaking, internationally competitive research in Australia," she said.
"Australian Laureate Fellows also perform a valuable role nurturing excellent research training environments, where early-career researchers are developed and mentored."
Professor McFadden is a Professor at the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. He has made significant progress in malaria research, having identified and characterised the apicoplast (a relic chloroplast) of malaria and Toxoplasma, and discovered how it can be targeted with antimalarial drugs. In 1987, he was awarded a prestigious ARC QEII Fellowship to work at the University of Melbourne’s Plant Cell Biology Research Centre, and in 2006 he was awarded an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2006 to undertake research on malaria parasites.
Professor McFadden is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences since 2005 and the American Academy of Microbiology. His awards include the Ramaciotti Medal, the Australian Academy of Science’s Frederick White Prize and two Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar’s awards.