Research and innovation team

Jennifer L Martin AC

Professor Jennifer L Martin is an internationally renowned protein crystallographer and structural biologist. She has made seminal discoveries in bacterial redox biochemistry with the aim of identifying new treatments for antibiotic resistant infections.
 
Professor Martin’s primary role is to lead the University’s strategy for research and innovation and continue to drive the performance of research across the University. Prior to her current role, Professor Martin held the position of Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery at Griffith University in Queensland.
 
She was formerly President of the Asian Crystallographic Association and a member of the Executive for the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). She was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2017 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2018.
 
She was a founding member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Steering Committee that established the Athena SWAN pilot to address gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine, and a member of the NHMRC Women in Health Sciences Committee.

The Research and Innovation Division

The Research and Innovation portfolio is managed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Professor Jennifer Martin AC. The teams all emphasise partnership and collaboration to deliver real-world impact. Demonstrating our commitment to innovation by giving great ideas a genuine business incubator pathway.

"We welcome opportunities to share our research and partner with our community. We support each other to enhance UOW’s reputation for research excellence and innovation."

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The portfolio

The portfolio consists of the following divisions

  • Research Services Office
    • Research Strategy & Policy Development
    • Research Grants & Fellowships
    • Research Analytics, Systems and Support
    • Research Quality & Assessment (Global Rankings ERA & REI)
    • Researcher training and development
    • Commercial contracts and tenders
    • Faculty research operations

Research and Innovation Division

RSO Executive Jennifer L Martin
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)
Professor Jennifer L Martin AC
E: jennifer_martin@uow.edu.au


Tracy Panton
Senior Executive Assistant 
Tracy Panton
T: (02) 4221 3915
E: tracy_panton@uow.edu.au 

RSO team member Sharon Martin- Director
Director, Research Services Office
Sharon Martin

Manages research grants, ethics and data information. Strategic research planning, promotion and reporting. Executive support to University Research Committee.
T: (02) 4221 3928
E: sharon_martin@uow.edu.au 


RSO team member Julie Evans
Executive Assistant to the Director
Julie Evans
T: (02) 4221 3386
E: research-services@uow.edu.au


RSO team member Karla House
Assistant to the Director
Karla House
Currently on secondment
T: (02) 4221 3386
E: research-services@uow.edu.au


Clive Baldock
Dean of Graduate Research
Professor Clive Baldock
T: (02) 4221 4033
E: clive_baldock@uow.edu.au 


RSO Executive Hong Lin Chen
Associate Dean - Graduate Research
Associate Professor Honglin Chen

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T: (02) 4221 3305
E: honglin_chen@uow.edu.au 


Assistant to Dean and Associate Dean, Graduate Research School
Currently vacant


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Dr Melissa Thompson
Director, Graduate Research School
T: (02) 4221 3479
E: melissa_thompson@uow.edu.au 


George Tomka ICR
Senior Manager, Innovation & Commercial Research
George Tomka
E: george_tomka@uow.edu.au 


 

Assistant to Senior Manager
Lisa King
T: (02) 4221 5086
E: lisa_king@uow.edu.au


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Dean of Research Knowledge Exchange and Translation (RKET)
Paul Di Pietro

E: paul_di_pietro@uow.edu.au 


Tamantha Stutchbury

iAccelerate Director of Research
Tamantha Stutchbury
E: tamantha_stutchbury@uow.edu.au 


iAccelerate Director of Education
Currently vacant 


Sharon Robinson
Dean of Researcher Development and Integrity (RDI) and Executive Director, Global Challenges Program 
Senior Professor Sharon Robinson
T: (02) 4221 5753
E: sharon_robinson@uow.edu.au 


 

Dean of Researcher Development and Integrity (RDI)
Professor Melanie Randle
T: (02) 4221 4858 
E: melanie_randle@uow.edu.au 


Assistant to Directors
Vacant


Will Price
Executive Director, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM)
Professor Will Price
T: (02) 4239 2150
E: will_price@uow.edu.au


Assistant to Director
Narelle Badger
T: (02) 4221 5352
E: narelle_badger@uow.edu.au


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Director, Science Space
Mr Stuart Creal
T: (02) 4286 5036
E: stuart_creal@uow.edu.au


Assistant to Director
Kim Noble
T: (02) 4286 5000
E: kim_noble@uow.edu.au


David Adams
CEO and Executive Director, Illawarra Health & Medical Reserach Institute (IHMRI)
Distinguished Professor David Adams

E: david_adams@uow.edu.au 


Assistant to Director
Joanna Harrison
T: (02) 4221 3871
E: joanna_harrison@uow.edu.au

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) is a not-for-profit charity and independent Medical Research Institute that supports scientists, clinicians and health professionals in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven.

They provide a range of services to help affiliated researchers focus on what they do best—discovering new insights into the human body, finding better ways to treat disease and illness, and improving clinical practice. 

They support health and medical researchers at every stage of their career, whether based in a laboratory or in a hospital ward. They also help researchers collaborate with each other so that new projects can flourish and deliver tangible health care outcomes.

  • Not for Profit Independent Medical Research Institute (MRI) that supports health and medical research in the Illawarra
  • Translational approach to Research with local clinicians
  • Clinical trials
  • Investigates a range of diseases and illnesses under 3 research themes:
  • Diagnostics & Therapeutics
  • Mental Health & Ageing Brain
  • Chronic Conditions & Lifestyle

General enquiries:

Building 32 University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong NSW 2522

info@ihmri.org.au | 02 4221 4333

Administrative Support:

Joanna Harrison | E: joanna_harrison@uow.edu.au | T: 4221 3871

Find out more about IHMRI

The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) is a purpose-built facility at the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus to help transform multi-functional materials research into commercial reality. The researchers at AIIM are at the cutting edge of developing and applying new and innovative materials.

AIIM comprises the following research organisations:

  • The Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI)
  • The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
  • The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM)
  • The University of Wollongong Electron Microscopy Centre (EMC)

Meet the people driving AIIM

General enquiries:

Innovation Campus | AIIM Facility | Building 231 | Squires Way | North Wollongong NSW 2500| Australia

Administrative Support:

Narelle Badger | E: narelle_badger@uow.edu.au | T: 4221 3530

Science Space is the only dedicated immersive science experience in NSW and exists to advocate for and foster science literacy.

  • NSW’s only dedicated science centre
  • Founded upon principles of education, hands-on learning and accessibility with a focus on STEM education
  • Over 100 interactive exhibits, science shos and workshops
  • NSW #1 Digitally Immersive Planetarium
  • Dedicated STEM Zone with extensive STEM outreach, onsite and virtual programs.

General enquiries:

60 Squires Way, North Wollongong, NSW, 2500

science-space@uow.edu.au | (02) 4286 5000

Dean of Graduate Research

The Graduate Research School is dedicated to supporting research students by managing all aspects of candidature, from enrolment to thesis submission and examination.

The GRS team can assist with:

  • HDR candidature management
  • HDR scholarships
  • HDR data and IT Systems
  • HDR policy & procedures
  • HDR training
  • HDR supervisory development
  • HDR supervision
  • HDR IP management
  • HDR research misconduct

Administrative Support:

Graduate Research School  E: graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au   T: (02) 4221 5452


Clive Baldock
Professor Clive Baldock
Dean of Graduate Research
T: (02) 4221 4833
E: clive_baldock@uow.edu.au 


RSO Executive Hong Lin Chen
Associate Professor Honglin Chen
Associate Dean - Graduate Research
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T: (02) 4221 3305
E: honglin_chen@uow.edu.au 


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Dr Melissa Thompson
Director, Graduate Research School
T: (02) 4221 3479
E: melissa_thompson@uow.edu.au 


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Abhilash Vijayan
Systems, Reporting and Analytics Coordinator
T: (02) 4221 3208
E: abhilash_vijayan@uow.edu.au 


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Lance Barrie
Training and Development Coordinator

T: (02) 4221 4456
E: lance_barrie@uow.edu.au


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Erin Smith
Scholarships and Compliance Coordinator

T: (02) 4221 4323
E: erin_smith@uow.edu.au


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Kylie Dawson
Thesis Examination Officer

E: graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au


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Bo Zheng
Candidate Liaison Coordinator

E: graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au


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Kirsty Greatz
Candidate Liaison Officer

E: graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au


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Jodi Barrie
Candidate Liaison Officer

E: graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au


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Alicia Allen
Candidate Liaison Officer

E: graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au


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Catherine Brown
Candidate Liaison
 Officer
E: graduate-research-school@uow.edu.au 

Dean of Research Knowledge Exchange and Translation (RKET)

Dean of Research Knowledge Exchange and Translation, Dr Di Pietro will focus on creating a thriving RKET ecosystem and promote entrepreneurship at UOW.

He will develop coordinated RKET strategy and framework, facilitate RKET professional development, lead UOW’s Business Development Network and its Research Infrastructure Working Party.

UOW’s business accelerator and incubator iAccelerate and the Innovation and Commercial Research Unit will now report in to the Dean of RKET.

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Dr Paul Di Pietro 
T: (02) 4221 4887
E: paul_di_pietro@uow.edu.au 

The Innovation and Commercial Research team help guide UOW's world-class researchers to engage with industry. They help explore research and development capabilities, while providing the connections and knowledge to ensure partnerships are mutually beneficial. This team can assist with: 

  • Industry / Business & UOW Researcher Engagement Facilitation
  • Commercial Research Contracts, Tenders, Grants and CRCs
  • Contract Research Consultancies
  • Identification, protection and Commercialisation of Intellectual Property & Innovation

General enquiries:
Innovation and Commercial Research Unit Level 1 Mike Codd Building, Innovation Campus
icr-enquiry@uow.edu.au | 02 4221 5086

Find our more about UOW partnering with industry

Administrative Support:
Lisa King | E: lisa_king@uow.edu.au | T: 4221 5086


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George Tomka - Senior Manager
George taps into over 25 years of international experience achieving successful outcomes across business, government and research, to ensure that UOW’s innovative capabilities have lasting value and are accessible to companies. George leads ICRU, engaging with researchers and our networks to maximise the opportunities and build mutually beneficial relationships.

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Lisa King - Administrative Assistant
Lisa in the Innovation and Commercial Research Unit’s first point of contact.  Lisa looks after all the administrative tasks for the ICRU and Technology Transfer Office (TTO). When you want to engage with the ICRU contact Lisa on 02 4221 5086 or icr-enquiry@uow.edu.au


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Zahra Shahbazian - Industry Research Manager
As an Industry Research Manager, Zahra leverages her extensive experience with local and NSW industry to identify areas of common strategic research between Industry Partners and UOW staff focussed on translations research and commercialisation. Zahra is specialised in all NSW and Federal funding scheme and is particularly focused on engaging agile SME partners.


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Dr. Leo Stevens - Industry Research Manager
As an Industry Research Manager, Leo leverages her extensive experience with local and NSW industry to identify areas of common strategic research between Industry Partners and UOW staff focussed on translations research and commercialisation.


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Jef Pennings - Industry Research Manager
As an Industry Research Manager, Jef provides strategic advice on industry research engagement, commercial research, and commercialisation to stakeholders in the University. Jef has a particular interest in med-tech and biological science innovation.


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Robert Beretov - Industry Research Officer
As an Industry Research Officer, Robert also provides technical and administrative support for the Innovation and Commercial Research Unit. Robert helps UOW researchers, UOW professional staff, and Industry partners to explore and initiate commercial research opportunities and commercialisation activities.

iAccelerate is a Business Accelerator and Incubator that is tailored to help build and grow ideas and innovation into scalable businesses.

Their team can assist with:

  • Start Ideas Incubator
  • Business acceleration program
  • Entrepreneur networks
  • Mentor programs
  • Pitch programs
  • Education programs
  • $10M Seed Fund

General enquiries:
iaccelerate@uow.edu.au | (02) 4239 2150


Tamantha Stutchbury
Tamantha Stutchbury - iAccelerate Director of Research
E: tamantha_stutchbury@uow.edu.au  


iAccelerate Director of Education
Currently vacant 


iAccelerate staff member Chris
Chris Petersilge - Ecosystem Evangelist
E: chris_petersilge@uow.edu.au 


iAccelerate staff member John
John Kerr - Program Manager
T: (02) 4239 2150
E: john_kerr@uow.edu.au 


Aroha Cockburn iAccelerate
Aroha Cockburn - Project Manager
E: aroha_cockburn@uow.edu.au 


Sabine Straver
Sabine Straver - Educate Program Manager
E: sabine_straver@uow.edu.au 

Dean of Researcher Development and Integrity (RDI)

Professor Robinson and Professor Randle share the role of Dean of Researcher Development and Integrity (RDI). They work together to build a new inclusive culture focused on responsible research and research integrity.

Professor Robinson will focus on the research leadership framework, researcher development and recognition, and the equity diversity research agenda.

Professor Randle will focus on human and animal research ethics, gene technology and biosafety, foreign arrangements, defence export controls and ethics and integrity training

Sharon Robinson

Professor Sharon Robinson
T: (02) 4221 4887
E: sharon_robinson@uow.edu.au 

Professor Melanie Randle 
T: (02) 4221 4887
E: melanie_randle@uow.edu.au 

RSO team Eve Steinke
Eve Steinke - Associate Director, Research Integrity & Ethics
Strategic direction of Research Integrity and Ethics unit activities; Integrity and Ethics policy and training development; Research Integrity queries and investigations; Defence Export Controls and Sanctions permit applications.
T: (02) 4221 4457
E: eve_steinke@uow.edu.au 


RSO team Sabine Holz
Sabine Holz - Ethics Admin Officer
General ethics enquiries, provides administrative support to the weekly HREC meetings, maintains ethics database, filing and document tracking systems.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
T: (02) 4221 3773
E: sabine_holz@uow.edu.au 


RSO team Lil Miller
Lil Miller - Ethics Admin Officer
General ethics enquiries, provides administrative support to the weekly HREC meetings, maintains ethics database, filing and document tracking systems.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
T: (02) 4221 5504
E: lil_miller@uow.edu.au 


RSO team Sarah Toole
Sarah Toole - Animal Welfare Officer
Animal welfare issues, veterinary support, compliance issues or concerns, animal welfare training, assistance with animal ethics applications.
T: (02) 4221 8096
E: sarah_toole@uow.edu.au 


RSO team Rochelle Waren
Rochelle Waren - Ethics Officer
Executive support to Ethics Committees. First contact for: Animal Ethics Committee and Institutional Biosafety Committee.
T: (02) 4221 3350
E: rochelle_waren@uow.edu.au 


RSO team Aimee Wall
Aimee Wall - Senior Integrity & Ethics Officer
Advice on complex integrity and human ethics issues; integrity and ethics policy development; investigation of allegations of research misconduct.
T: (02) 4221 5014
E: aimee_wall@uow.edu.au 



Ryah Perkiss - Research Integrity Officer
Research integrity queries and training; support for Research Integrity Advisors; Executive support for Research Integrity Committee.
T: (02) 4221 4607
E: ryah_perkiss@uow.edu.au 

UOW's Global Challenges Program is designed to harness the diverse expertise of world-class researchers from the University of Wollongong to address real-world problems. Global Challenges research teams address problems beyond the scope of a single discipline, in collaboration with industry, government and wider community. Global Challenges drives:

  • interdisciplinary research for impact
  • support & mentoring for EMCRs to build diverse research teams
  • community and industry partnership development  

General enquiries

Building 20, Level 2.205C
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia

globalchallenges@uow.edu.au | (02) 4221 5116

Administrative Support

Liz Ragen - currently on leave | E: elizabeth_ragen@uow.edu.au | T: 4221 4261

Find out more about the Global Challenges Program

Research Services Office

The Research Services Office consists of experienced staff advisors and  across all aspects of their research process. This team is overseen by Director Ms Sharon Martin.

They can assist with:

  • Research Strategy & Policy Development
  • Research Grants & Fellowships
  • Research Analytics, Systems and Support
  • Research Quality & Assessment (Global Rankings ERA & REI)
  • Commercial contracts and tenders
  • Faculty research operations

General enquiries & administrative support

Karla House & Julie Evans | research-services@uow.edu.au | (02) 4221 3386

RSO team member Sharon Martin- Director

Director, Research Services Office
Sharon Martin

Manages research grants, ethics and data information. Strategic research planning, promotion and reporting. Executive support to University Research Committee.
T: (02) 4221 3928
E: sharon_martin@uow.edu.au 


RSO team member Julie Evans
Executive Assistant to the Director
Julie Evans

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
T: (02) 4221 3386
E: research-services@uow.edu.au


RSO team member Karla House
Executive Assistant to the Director
Karla House

Currently on secondment
T: (02) 4221 3386
E: research-services@uow.edu.au

RSO team Stefan Delfgou
Stefan Delfgou - Associate Director, Research Grants & Development
Support for Research Strengths and Centres. Support and development of funding diversification in priority areas (health & medical; international). Strategic advice and support for Fellowship applicants.
T: (02) 4221 5953
E: stefan_delfgou@uow.edu.au 


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Lucas Hughes - Manager ARC & Non-Medical Grants
Co-ordination of external and internal research funding initiatives. Strategic advice to clients applying for research funds. Executive support to Resources and Allocation Working Party. Post-award grant management.
T: (02) 4221 4522
E: lucas_hughes@uow.edu.au 


Karen Lovasz RSO Grants Officer
Karen Lovasz - Manager NHMRC & Medical Grants
Administer external and internal research funding initiatives. Key grant contact for Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH). Post-award grant management.
T: (02) 4252 8218
E: karen_lovasz@uow.edu.au 


Nicole Murfitt Staff Member
Nicole Murfitt - Research Grants and Development Officer
Administer external and internal research funding initiatives. Key grant contact for the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) & the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM).
T: (02) 4221 5118
E: nicole_murfitt@uow.edu.au 


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Stewart Wallace - Research Grants and Development Officer
Administer external and internal research funding initiatives. Key grant contact for Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS). Post-award grant management.
T: (02) 4221 4648
E: stewart_wallace@uow.edu.au 



Leonie Clement - Major Research Investments Officer 
Support planning, development and submission of funding bids for major research programs, including ARC, NHMRC and MRFF. Initiate and support external and internal activities for major research funding initiatives. Post-award grant management
T: (02) 4221 4540
E: leonie_clement@uow.edu.au 


RSO Monica Birrento

Dr Monica Birrento - Research Grants and Development Officer
Administer external and internal research funding initiatives. Key grant contact for Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH). Post-award grant management.
T: (02) 4239 2280
E: monica_birrento@uow.edu.au  



Dr Thomas Griffiths - Manager, Major Research Initiatives
Support planning, development and submission of funding bids for major research programs, including ARC, NHMRC and MRFF. Initiate and support external and internal activities for major research funding initiatives. Post-award grant management.
T: (02) 4221 5091
E: thomas_griffiths@uow.edu.au  


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Louise Vandenberg - Research Grants Assistant
This position's primary purpose is to provide assistance and support to the Research Grants and Development Team and academic staff in the submission of grant and fellowship applications and post-award administration of grants and fellowships
T: (02) 4221 3160
E: louise_vandenberg@uow.edu.au 

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Stuart Parker - Commercial Research Manager
As Commercial Research Manager, Stuart is responsible for management of commercial research activities at UOW. Providing advice and guidance across University policies and procedures, Stuart facilitates contractual negotiations between UOW and Industry Partners for Contract Research, Collaborative Research and Consultancy activities.


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Deborah Loveday - Commercial Contracts Officer
As Commercial Contracts Officer, Deborah is responsible for the contractual administration of all routine commercial research activities at UOW including Contract Research, Consultancy and Collaborative Research activities. Deborah works closely with UOW Researchers to provide advice and guidance on University policies and procedures, and facilitates the negotiation of contract terms that are mutually beneficial to both the Industry Partner and the University.

RSO team Claire Carter
Claire Carter - Associate Director, Research Analytics, Systems and Support
T: (02) 4221 4349
E: claire_carter@uow.edu.au 


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Ann Hollifield - Research Business Applications Manager
T: (02) 4221 4901
E: ann_hollifield@uow.edu.au 


RSO team Lia Sherwood
Lia Sherwood - Research Development and Impact Manager
T: (02) 4221 4097
E: lia_sherwood@uow.edu.au 



Willo Boniface - Research Reporting and Analytics Manager
T: (02) 4221 3965
E: willo_boniface@uow.edu.au 


RSO team Monica Oakman
Monika Oakman - Research Systems Analyst
T: (02) 4221 4669
E: monika_oakman@uow.edu.au 


RSO team Tahli Jones
Tahli Jones  - Research Systems Analyst
T: (02) 4221 3661 
E: tahli_jones@uow.edu.au 


Aran Chevalier
Aran Chevalier - Research Systems Analyst
T: (02) 4221 5910
E: aran_chevalier@uow.edu.au 

 

Lisa Simmons- Senior manager research faculty operations

Lisa Simmons - Senior Manager, Faculty Research Operations
T:
(02) 4221 4854
E: lisa_simmons@uow.edu.au  


 Sarah Lisle

Sarah Lisle - Manager, Research Entities
T: (02) 4221 5154
E: research-operations@uow.edu.au


 Amanda Hiron

Amanda Hiron - Faculty Research Operations Coordinator
T: (02) 4221 3587
E: research-operations@uow.edu.au


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Annette Sloot - Faculty Research Operations Coordinator
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
T: (02) 4221 4785
E: research-operations@uow.edu.au


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Elizabeth Brooks - Faculty Research Operations Coordinator
T: (02) 4221 4149
E: research-operations@uow.edu.au

Contact the Research Services Office