Current Fellow

Dr Joseph Doyle
2019 Fellow - Dr Joseph Doyle
Dr Joseph Doyle is a specialist in infectious diseases and public health medicine. He leads a clinical and implementation research program across the Burnet Institute, Monash and The Alfred aimed at improving access and delivery of hepatitis C treatment. He is a leader of the Eliminate C Australia Partnership which aims to build capacity and support for HCV elimination across all jurisdictions nationally. He has been an advisor and consultant to the World Health Organisation on HIV and Viral Hepatitis, and has received research support as a chief investigator from National Health & Medical Research Council, WHO, philanthropic organisations and industry.

2019 Fellowship Finalists

Dr Quan Huyn
Dr Quan Huynh - Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
Dr Quan Huynh is currently a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow whose research focuses on measuring the risk and reducing readmissions in patients with heart failure (HF). He has recently developed a novel risk tool to predict readmission and mortality in HF, and validated it on an Australia-wide sample of patients. This work has shown that risk assessment can be used to rationalise the selection of patients for disease management programs to reduce risk in HF. This approach not only reduces adverse outcomes and improves prognosis for patients, but also substantially reduces health care cost.
Dr Rachel McQuade
Dr Rachel McQuade - Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Dr Rachel McQuade is an early career postdoctoral researcher at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Her research focuses on understanding the role of the gut in Parkinson’s Disease pathology and progression and aims determine whether protection of the gut is a viable therapeutic avenue in Parkinson’s disease. Her work has been published in several leading journals in her field and has been recognised with several awards.
Dr Reza Nosrati
Dr Reza Nosrati – Monash University
Dr. Reza Nosrati is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Monash University. He is a pioneer in microfluidics for male fertility and assisted reproduction and has authored papers in top-tier scientific journals including Nature Communications and Nature Reviews Urology. His work has been highlighted in renowned journals and featured routinely in news sources worldwide, including LA Times and Daily Mail. He has received several awards and recognitions, including the 2016 Colton Medal for research excellence in Microsystems and Nanotechnology and the 2018 ROYAN International Research Award for outstanding contributions to Embryology and Andrology.
Dr Elena Schneider
Dr Elena Schneider – University of Melbourne
Dr Elena Schneider is a passionate pharmacologist whose long-term career goal is to actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery in respiratory research. She is currently a NHMRC ECF Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, having completed her PhD at Monash University Pharmacy. Her interest lays in leveraging trends in pharmacological development to benefit cystic fibrosis patients.
Dr Jun Yang
Dr Jun Yang – Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Dr Jun Yang is the Head of Endocrine Hypertension Service at Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Consultant Endocrinologist at Monash Health. Her research focuses on understanding the role of aldosterone and the mineralocorticoid receptor in cardiovascular health and disease. Dr Yang is a clinician scientist with expertise in the diagnosis and management of primary aldosteronism.

Current and Past Fellows

2018 Co-Fellow - Ass Prof. Eric Chow
Associate Professor Eric Chow is a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Monash University, and utilised his Fellowship funding to support his attendance at the IUSTI Asia-Pacific Sexual Health Congress 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

He is an epidemiologist and expert in sexual health related to preventing and controlling sexually transmitted infections, particularly in gonorrhoea and human papillomavirus. With an impressive list of more than 140 publications, Eric has also contributed to public health program and economic evaluation of the STI management guidelines.
2018 Co-Fellow - Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen
Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen, a NHMRC Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, utilised her Fellowship to support her attendance at two international conferences; the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research 2019, and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) Annual Conference 2019.

Tamsyn’s research focuses on understanding cognition in major psychiatric disorders using behavioural and neuroscientific techniques. She hopes that clarification of the cognitive phenotypes associated with psychiatric disorders will help to inform the development of treatments aimed specifically at this symptom dimension, with her work now published in several leading journals and recognised with several awards.
Dominique Cahilhac
2017 Fellow - Prof. Dominique Cadilhac
Professor Dominique Cadilhac’s excellence in stroke research at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health secured her the 2017 Club Melbourne Fellowship to support her attendance at international conferences and to enable new, life changing research opportunities.

She is an expert in health services research related to stroke, particularly in the areas of economic evaluation and program evaluation. Dominuque has a clinical background in nursing, has published over 125 journal publications and contributed to seven practice guidelines. She is best known for establishing the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry and the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program.
2016 Fellow - Ass Prof. Sarah Spencer
Associate Professor Sarah Spencer utilised her Fellowship funding support her travels to America, where she attended and presented at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego and commence important experiments with her collaborator in Colorado. She was also able to attend and present at the 2017 PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society conference in Texas, where she reconnected with her collaborator to present their research together.

Associate Professor Spencer is the Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University and heads up the Perinatal Programming of Stress and Metabolism group. Dr Spencer’s research program investigates the impact of the early life environment on stress, metabolic and neuroimmune function long-term to change the way our bodies process food, stress, and challenges to the immune system, and whether these changes are permanent or reversible.