Research and innovation team

The research and innovation team leads our research strategy and supports our researchers in their vital work. It consists of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), Graduate Research School and Research Services teams.

Professor Chris Hutchison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (DVCRI) is responsible for the strategic research direction and overall research quality and performance of Federation University Australia.

Professor Chris Hutchison has a strong international research track record in biomedical sciences, ageing and health, with competitive grant income awarded from an impressive range of national and international government and philanthropic research agencies. Professor Hutchison is an experienced supervisor of higher degree by research (HDR) students and also holds a number of patents and licences on his inventions and materials.

Professor Hutchison holds a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (University of Sussex) and a PhD in Biochemistry (University of London).

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The DVC R&I is supported by Research Services, Enterprise, and the Graduate Research School.

Ms Amy Hunter

Director, Research Innovation and Enterprise

Ms Amy Hunter is Federation University Australia’s Director of Research Innovation and Enterprise. Amy spent several years working at RMIT University, where she held the roles of acting Director of Research Translation and Associate Director of Intellectual Property and Commercialisation.

Amy contributes to and promotes the future growth strategy of innovative research, compliance and reporting at Federation University. She assists with establishing direction, leadership and building capacity for functional service delivery to schools and research centres, and to ensure that the critical interface of research activities is integrated and coordinated to create research impact.

As well as her experience in the higher education sector, Amy has extensive experience in senior management positions including her time with IP Australia in the Patent Analytics Hub and also Highgate Early Learning Centre. She is also a qualified Patent Attorney.

Dr Joseph Lawrence

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise)

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) enables cross-collaboration and fosters the spirit of enterprise with colleagues for innovation and entrepreneurship across the University. This is realised through the building of strategic initiatives and partnerships with industry, government, community and research organisations to create positive impact regionally, nationally and globally.

To this position, Dr Joseph Lawrence brings his experience leading and implementing numerous large-scale, high-value, strategic initiatives that bring together sector-wide industry (SMEs to large multinationals), academia, and government, in industries such as energy, food & fibre, med-tech, and manufacturing. Dr Lawrence holds a PhD and a Master’s (technical MBA) in Engineering Management, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury.

Joseph has held significant senior roles, including as Director of Industry Partnerships at Monash University, as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Deakin University, and as Director of New Zealand’s Centre of Excellence for Electric Power Engineering.

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Professor Fadi Charchar

Dean, Graduate Research School

Professor Fadi Charchar is Dean of the Graduate Research School at Federation University Australia. Professor Charchar heads the LEW Carty Cardiovascular Genomics Laboratory and holds the Robert HT Smith Chair in Cardiovascular Genomics at Federation University.

Fadi’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of cardiovascular disease. His research program has attracted funding from the NHMRC, LEW Carty Foundation and the National Heart Foundation. He has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship, a Howard Florey Centenary Research Fellowship, British Heart Foundation Lectureship and the Okamoto prize for research. He is the author of many studies that have contributed to the molecular understanding of cardiovascular disease.

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Graduate Research School

The role of the Graduate Research School is to support Higher Degree by Research programs across the university and to develop and implement policies relating to Higher Degrees by Research.

Research Services

Research Services facilitates and supports research in the wider University community. It ensures that research is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, and develops and implements research and research training policies.

Research Services is responsible for the administration of research:

  • funding – pre and post award
  • ethics for human and animals
  • integrity
  • performance reporting including ERA and E&I
  • policies and procedures
  • website and social media.

Contact us

For research enquiries or to find an expert, get in touch with our research and innovation team.