Meet the 2019-20 Fellows

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

In 2019-20, eleven scientists took part in the second round of the Australian Science Policy Fellowship Pilot Program. The program seeks to grow the diversity of expertise in the Australian Public Service workforce by providing a pathway for early and mid-career scientists to become skilled policy practitioners.

Follow the links below to read about their experiences joining the Australian Public Service and contributing their skills to policy development.


Ella has a research background in the health and social sciences, and is working on Human Rights policy in the Attorney General’s Department.

Michael’s research focused on the development of lithium ion batteries, and is working to support the implementation of the Science and Technology Strategy for Defence 2020-30.

Danette’s background is in public health. She is currently working as part of a team to set, coordinate and implement strategy for the delivery of trusted services at the Department of Human Services.

Mark has a background in particle astrophysics. He is thoroughly enjoying making a difference in an important area of work in his Department.

Erika’s research career focused on the immune system responds to infection, and she is now applying analytical insights to better understand policy implementation in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

James has a research background in synthetic organic chemistry, and is currently working in the Department of Finance.

Cat’s research background was in ecology, and she is now developing and implementing policy and programs in the Australian Space Agency.

Jill’s research sought to identify new molecular targets in lung cancer. She is currently working in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Rushika’s research focussed on T cells and autoimmune disease, and she is now working in the Department of Health.

Nina was researching how animals respond to climate change, and commenced as a Fellow in the Department of Education.

Jonathan’s research focussed on identifying key regulatory pathways of skeletal muscle, and is currently working in the Office of Future Transport Technology on preparing for connected and automated vehicles.

Last updated: Monday, 16 December 2019