ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology

Prestigious win for two Centre researchers

17, Jun 2022

Prestigious win for two Centre researchers

Two Centre members have won the prestigious Frank Fenner award from the Australian Society of Microbiology (ASM).

Amy Cain, of Macquarie University, and Karl Hassan, of University of Newcastle, have been recognised for their distinguished contributions to microbiological research.

Amy is recognised for her contributions to the development of new genomics techniques that can be used to probe the function of bacterial genes, and for her continued work on discovering new antibiotics and understanding antibiotic resistance in hospital pathogens.

Karl , who is also an ARC Future Fellow, is recognised for his contributions and research in the identification and characterisation bacterial membrane transport proteins and antimicrobial resistance mechanisms.

The Frank Fenner award goes to scientists in a formative stage of their career. Recipients are expected to present 15 minutes presentations at the current year’s Annual Scientific Meeting. They also each receive a plaque, $1000 prize money, and a full conference registration to the Annual Scientific Meeting and up to three night’s accommodation.

Centre Director, Distinguished Professor Ian Paulsen, says this year’s awards recognised the calibre of talent within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology.

‘This is a great boost to Amy’s and Karl’s careers to join the who’s who in microbiology,’ says Professor Paulsen .

Frank Fenner award details