The Ramsay Fellowships
In response to a generous donation from the Ramsay family, the Faculty of Sciences is delighted to support applications from outstanding researchers to conduct full time independent research within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide.
The Ramsay Fellowships aim to:
- Advance knowledge and fundamental research in the natural sciences.
- Encourage general increase in research excellence.
- Increase research opportunities at The University of Adelaide.
- Provide opportunities for outstanding young Australian scientists and to enhance their potential as future scientific leaders.
The Ramsay Fellowship was established in 2008 with a significant bequest from the Ramsay family, founders of the Kiwi Polish Company (later Kiwi International), the famous shoe polish manufacturers.
Hamish Ramsay fulfilled his late stepmother’s wish to help advance scientific research by pledging funds for four-year Ramsay Fellowships.
Read the full story in The Adelaidean.
The signing of The Ramsay Fellowships Memorandum of Agreement. From left to right, Professor Stephen Lincoln; Hamish's partner Lyn Pederson; and Professor Bob Hill. Front row: Vice-Chancellor, Professor James McWha and Hamish Ramsay.
- Current Fellows
Dr Stephen Warren-Smith
School of Physical Sciences
Marie Curie International
Incoming Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena, Germany
My proposal aims to expand the optical fibre fabrication research at the University of Adelaide by developing imaging microstructured optical fibres, something that can only be done with the unique combination of skills and technology at the University. These very fine optical fibres have a range of potential industrial and diagnostic imaging applications, including bronchoscopy, where very thin endoscopes are required to reach the periphery of the lung.
Dr Stephanie Watts-Williams - starting November 2016
School of Agriculture Food & Wine
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University, USA
My long-term goal is to discover how we can exploit the plant–fungal symbiosis known as arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM), to improve the zinc (Zn) and phosphorus (P) nutrition of agricultural crops, especially on nutrient-depleted soils. I have been exploring this topic from a number of different angles throughout my research career.
Dr Kate Wegener
School of Biological Sciences
Postdoctoral Researcher; University of Oxford, UK.
Integrin proteins - extracellular receptors that mediate attachment between a cell and the tissues surrounding it, which also play a role in cell signaling and thereby define cellular shape, mobility, and regulate the cell cycle. Read more.
- Former Fellows
Dr Simon Baxter
School of Molecular and Biomedical Science.
Postdoctoral Scientist; University of Cambridge, UK.
Simon's research uses molecular genetics to understand how butterfly mimicry evolves, and how insecticide resistance arises in agricultural pests. Read more.
Dr Sundance Bilson-Thompson
School of Chemistry & Physics.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada.
Topological invariants and particle states in the context of quantum gravity. Read more.
Dr Paul Raston
School of Chemistry & Physics.
Postdoctoral Fellow; University of Georgia, USA.
This research will be made possible through the generous support of the Ramsay Fellowship, and will hopefully allow for us to gain a deeper understanding of the forces which govern the interactions between atmospherically important species. Read more.