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The conference committee is delighted to announce that our speakers for this year are:

Dr Sharon McDonough "Becoming and being a researcher" 
Senior Lecturer, School of Education

Dr. Sharon McDonough is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Federation University and has a growing profile as a researcher in initial teacher education and teacher development. Sharon’s research explores aims of i) how to best prepare and support teachers for entry into the profession; and ii) how to support teacher, and teacher educator, professional learning across the lifespan of their careers.

Sharon’s standing as a researcher has been demonstrated in research funding; her multiple publications - including edited books, book chapters, and journal articles; professional development workshops for schools; and through her role on the executive of the national teacher education association in Australian (Australian Teacher Education Association). Sharon has expertise in writing and editing, and has been as an editor of three co-edited books and she regularly presents seminars on writing for publication

Professor Chris Hutchison
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Professor Chris Hutchison commenced at Federation University on 1 March 2019. Professor Hutchison holds a BSc (Hons) in biological sciences (University of Sussex) and a PhD in Biochemistry (University of London). He 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 licenses on his inventions and materials.

Professor Fadi Charchar
Dean of Graduate Studies

Professor Fadi Charchar actively leads the University’s Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student strategy, as well as providing advice on policy and practice regarding all graduate research matters. The Dean of Graduate Studies is also responsible for engaging with regional, national and international partners and making a significant contribution to the University’s reputation for research.

Professor Fadi Charchar is the head of the L.E.W. Carty Cardiovascular Genomics laboratory and holds the Robert HT Smith Chair in Cardiovascular Genomics at Federation University. He is also an adjunct research fellow within the Department of Physiology at the University of Melbourne, and Visiting Chair at the University of Leicester, England. Fadi's research focuses on the molecular genetics of cardiovascular disease. His research program has attracted funding from the NHMRC, L.E.W. 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.

Tamekha Develyn, School of Health and Life Sciences

Tamekha Develyn is completing her PhD through the School of Health and Life Sciences. Tamekha won the 2018 Federation University Australia 3MT competition and represented the University at the Asia-Pacific 3MT finals held at the University of Queensland. The title of her talk was "What if you could use your MAITs to fight cancer?"