Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows

Our Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship awardees are emerging researchers who are building their research careers following the completion of their PhD.

Our Fellows undertake research within our existing teams in order to make a significant impact in the area of their specialisation and be influential in expanding the knowledge of their relevant discipline.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships is a competitive scheme for researchers within five years post PhD.

Awardees are selected on the basis of their emerging track record and potential to develop into independent researchers who can undertake high quality research in one of RMIT's research priority areas.

2022 Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows

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Dr Hardik Bhimani

Dr Bhimani is the Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the School of Management, COBL. Focused on micro-foundations of management, his fellowship at RMIT targets the Healthy Ageing Challenge, addressing how the purposeful management of digital health innovations can help reduce social stratification. Currently, he is working with academic and industry partners to understand cognitive, social, and ecological determinants of digital health innovations and their impact on design, user experience and sustained use of data-driven health technologies. The impact of this work is intended at how we imagine, develop, and promote health innovations for the self-management of health and wellbeing goals in an increasingly digital world.

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Dr Mohammad Saberian Boroujeni

Dr Mohammad Saberian Boroujeni is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Engineering, STEM College. His research interests include geotechnics, pavements, concrete and infrastructures, artificial neural network, circular economy and sustainability, waste management, applications of waste materials in civil engineering, soil stabilisations, foundations, tailings, earthworks, slope stability, dry mix, cementitious compounds, construction materials, binders, and the chemistry of materials.

For his fellowship, his focus is on developing a novel low-carbon pavement stabilisation technology utilising waste materials.

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Dr David Kelly

Dr David Kelly is a geographer and ethnographer specialising in the expansion, intensification and lived experience of precarious dwelling. He has collaborated with First Nations people, people with disability, public and community housing tenants, homeless households and communities affected by urban renewal. His scholarship specifically attends to the social and spatial life of policy, and how it shapes housing adequacy, security and justice. His VC Postdoctoral project (Deep mapping the hidden experiences of inadequacy in low-income dwelling infrastructures) will map how the experience of precarious dwelling infrastructures are mediated by policy frameworks to better understand the endurance and resistance strategies of affected communities.

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Dr Shruti Nirantar

Dr Shruti Nirantar is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Engineering, STEM College. Her research interests are silicon-free empty-state nanoelectronic, device micro and nanofabrication, and science communication. Currently, she is associated with the Functional Materials and Microsystems (FMM) group at RMIT University.

By introducing vacuum-like empty-states at the nanoscale, Dr Nirantar addresses two challenges in current electronics –computational speed being limited by scattering in materials and radiations changing material properties leading to chip failures. This has enormous benefits to the distinctive challenges raised by Space electronics, crypto-currencies, and internet-of-things demanding extreme chip performance.

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Dr Amy Spiers

Dr Amy Spiers is an artist, curator and researcher in the field of public and socially engaged art based in Narrm (Melbourne).  Dr Spiers recently co-convened with Genevieve Grieves the symposium, Counter-monuments: Indigenous settler relations in Australian contemporary art and memorial practices, hosted by the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA) in March 2021. She also co-edited Let's Go Outside: Art in Public with Charlotte Day and Callum Morton for Monash University Museum of Art (Monash University Publishing 2022) and co-authored Art/Work: Social Enterprise, Young Creatives & the Forces of Marginalisation with Dr Grace McQuilten, Associate Professor Kim Humphery and Professor Peter Kelly (Palgrave Pivot, forthcoming 2022).

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Dr Joel Stern

Joel Stern is a curator, researcher and artist living in Naarm / Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Stern’s work investigates social, political, cultural, and other dimensions of sound and listening, focusing on how emerging technical infrastructures are transforming our sonic worlds, for better or worse.

From 2013 to 2022, Joel was Artistic Director at Liquid Archi­tec­ture, a leading Aus­tralian organ­i­sa­tion specialising in sonic art.

With James Parker, Stern curated Eavesdropping (2018) at Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and City Gallery, Wellington. This project formed the basis of Stern’s PhD ‘Eavesdropping: The Politics, Ethics, and Art of Listening’ at Monash University.

In 2020, with Parker and Sean Dockray, Stern initiated Machine Listening, a platform for critical experimentation and research on ‘listening’ in the context of automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

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Dr Ellen van Holstein

Dr Ellen van Holstein is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, DSC College. Her research analyses who get to be included in different spaces and networks of 'community'. Where community organisations respond to social problems, she analyses the equity issues that emerge as responsibility for those problems shifts from governments and individuals to collectives, service organisations and volunteers. Currently, Ellen is working on research on Australian community centres (also known as neighbourhood houses) to analyse who are finding access and inclusion in Australian society through these organisations and who are at risk of exclusion as funding for centres changes.

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Dr Bao Yue Zhang

Dr Bao Yue Zhang is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Schools of Engineering, STEM College. Bao Yue has been focusing on exploring two-dimensional functional nanomaterials through various syntheses, nanoscale optical and electronic devices, and intelligence-driven sensors.

Dr Zhang has demonstrated the prototyped optical-based probes for circulating tumour cell detection, which is underway for the proof-of-concept study of early cancer diagnostic in clinical practice. She also led the discovery of high-quality hexagonal monolayered nanomaterials from the metal-gas interface with the potential of scalable production, opening great opportunities for developing innovative optoelectronic devices. Dr Zhang has been very active in industry engagement, dedicating herself to achieving research-based technology translation

2022 Vice Chancellor's Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

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Dr Eugenia Flynn

Dr Eugenia Flynn is a Vice Chancellor's Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Media and Communication, DSC College. Her research interests include Indigenous literature and storytelling and Indigenous knowledges.

Eugenia's doctoral research aims to advance the writing of Australian Indigenous women and non-binary people, through Indigenous-centred approaches to reading. Across the next four years of her fellowship, Eugenia will extend this work, using Indigenous research paradigms as a theoretical framework for studying Indigenous storytelling and literature.

Dr Belen Zapata-Diomendi

Dr Belen Zapata-Diomendi is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University. Her current research is on the health implications of city planning.

For her fellowship, her focus is on expanding her research to investigate the intangibles of city planning to create healthy and liveable cities. She is working on developing methods for the health and economic evaluation of urban and transport scenarios aiming at supporting active living.

Dr Cesar Sanchez Huertas

Dr Cesar Sanchez Huertas is a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC), in the School of Engineering where he has a leading position in the Biomedical Applications team.

His current research focuses on the development of biosensor technology aiming to make an impact in the field of diagnostics by offering advanced analytical tests. His goal is to foster the development of individually tailored therapies for more personalized medicine.

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Dr Jacinthe Flore

Dr Jacinthe Flore is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Her research interrogates the intersections of emerging technologies, design and user experience, and mental health.

She is particularly interested in the uptake of wearable devices, wellbeing apps, artificial intelligence and fourth generation pharmaceuticals and her research interrogates growing reliance on ‘data-driven’ mental health care.

Julie Currie

Julie Currie is a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT. Her research is about understanding the ionosphere, the charged upper region of the atmosphere, and the effect on the radio waves that we use for satellite communication, and surveillance.

Currently, Julie is working with others at RMIT and externally to understand the occurrence of equatorial plasma bubbles, which are large scale irregularities in the post-sunset ionosphere. Improving forecasts of these plasma bubbles will help inform when satellite communication may be hindered in the equatorial region.

Dr Linda Varadi

Dr Linda Varadi is a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Engineering. She is jointly hosted by the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering discipline and the Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication Enabling Capability Platform (AMF-ECP).

During the next three years of her appointment, she will be developing and evaluating novel materials and methods for the on-demand delivery and release of therapeutic agents.

Dr Nasir Mahmood

Dr Nasir Mahmood is a Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Engineering at RMIT University. His research interests include chemical designing and synthesis of advanced materials and their heterostructures for sustainable society, especially in energy (storage and conversion), environment (wastewater treatment and microwave absorption) and health (early disease detection and drug delivery).

Mahmood’s team initiated the development of 2D heterostructures to integrate nanoscale and microscale features in one structure, boosting surface reactions for catalytic water-splitting, supercapacitors and diffusion limits in batteries.

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Dr Stella Liong

Dr Stella Liong focuses on the mechanisms driving adverse maternal and foetal consequences associated with influenza during pregnancy to improve the health outcomes of pregnant women and their babies.


Dr Laura Mumaw

Dr Laura Mumaw’s research focuses on biodiversity stewardship, community engagement, and transformative governance.


Dr Peta Murray

Dr Peta Murray works in the emergent field of arts-and-health; her research focuses on playful and material thinking to develop coherent narrative spaces that counter ageism and promote meaning-making.


Dr Philipp Reineck

Dr Philipp Reineck focuses on understanding and engineering carbon-based fluorescent nanomaterials such as nanodiamonds to develop bright and biocompatible fluorescent nanoparticles.


Dr Luke Wallace

Dr Luke Wallace is focusing on developing the next generation 3D measurement techniques for enhancing information currently available to describe natural and urban environments.


Dr Thomas Angelovich

Dr Thomas Angelovich studies the mechanisms which drive inflammatory diseases in HIV-infected individuals and the elderly.


Dr Marnie Badham

Dr Marnie Badham is an artist and researcher with expertise in socially-engaged art, participatory advocacy methodologies and cultural value and evaluation.


Dr Sefa Awaworyi Churchill

Dr Sefa Awaworyi Churchill is an applied economist who examines the impact of ethnic fractionalisation and social forces on entrepreneurship, firm performance, inequality and poverty.


Dr Shane Duggan

Dr Shane Duggan researches how young people understand and engage in higher education and work in the context of shifting social, cultural and economic conditions.

Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh

Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh investigates new treatments for neurological diseases using nanostructured fibres, smart textiles and clothing incorporating integrated electronics.

Dr Rouhollah (Ali) Jalili

Dr Rouhollah Ali Jalili is developing nanomaterials with possible industrial applications in 3D printing, fibre spinning, energy storage and conversion.

Dr Ahmad Kandjani

Dr Ahmad Kandjani researches the development of novel multifunctional semiconductor-metal nanocomposites to improve chemical sensing, catalytic and self-cleaning properties in materials.

Dr Asma Khalid

Dr Asma Khalid studies bright nanoparticles that offer a unique approach for diagnostic imaging, drug release and monitoring treatment outcomes in cancer and tumour cells.


Dr Rohit Ashok Khot

Dr Rohit Ashok Khot is an interaction designer whose research on Human Computer Interaction provides insights into how we use everyday technologies.


Dr Tu Le

Dr Tu Le applies computational approaches to engineer novel materials for use in pharmaceuticals and bioactive materials, medical imaging, tissue engineering and aircraft applications.


Dr Miaosi Li

Dr Li is a chemical engineer focused on developing low-cost, lab-on-chip devices that provide affordable, equipment-free and user-friendly diagnostic tools.

Dr Liang Ma

Dr Liang Ma examines the impact of neighbourhood environments on subjective well-being to facilitate the development of sustainable, equitable and healthy communities.


Dr Megan Nethercote

Dr Megan Nethercote is a researcher and architect who investigates the impact of apartment design regulations and guidelines on urban housing outcomes.


Dr Leonora Risse

Dr Leonora Risse is an experienced applied economist exploring gender differentials in the labour market and how we can achieve a more inclusive and balanced workforce.


Dr Luba Sominsky

Dr Luba Sominsky’s research into neuroendocrine causes of infertility and obesity explores techniques to treat and reduce the health and economic burden of infertility.


Dr Mahyat Tehrany

Dr Mahyat Tehrany uses geographic information systems with remote sensing technologies to help detect, map and prevent natural hazards such as floods, soil erosion and bushfires.

Associate Professor Sumeet Walia

Recognised as one of Asia’s top 10 innovators (under-35), Associate Professor Sumeet Walia’s work in electronic memories is an important step towards curing brain-related disorders.


Dr Desiree Anthony

Dr Anthony's research focus is on developing and implementing immunological techniques to investigate mucosal immune cell populations in acute and chronic lung disease models.

Dr Sobhan Asian

Dr Asian’s main research focus is in the development of a dynamic model of conditional value-at-risk for risk assessment and mitigation of transportation in urban last-mile logistics networks.

Dr Enrico Della Gaspera

Dr Della Gaspera investigates novel functional nanomaterials using liquid precursors to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of optoelectronic devices, sensors and catalysts.


Dr Junming Ho

Dr Ho’s research interest focuses on the development and application of novel computational methods to model bio-chemical systems in complex environments.

Dr Charles Hunt

Dr Hunt's research is focused on social and economic development in relation to the reform of governance and security systems as a means of promoting resilient societies after divisive conflict.


Dr Lei Bao

Dr Bao studies the fluorescent mechanisms of new nanomaaterials and the development of biosensors to probe biomolecules and cells.


Dr Sara Baratchi

Dr Baratchi's research focuses on shear stress, the major mechanical force applied on vascular endothelial cells by blood flow and a crucial factor in normal vascular physiology.


Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Dr Bosomworth’s research focuses on climate change adaptation, public policy and adaptive governance, disaster risk management, institutional and frame analysis, and the research policy interface.


Dr Torben Daeneke

Dr Daeneke focuses his research in the field of surface functionalization of 2D materials, in particular creating new materials with tailored properties.


Dr Jacqueline Flynn

Dr Flynn has a keen interest in both virology and immunology research; in particular in how HIV enters cells of the immune system.

Dr Edgar Gomez

Dr Gomez’s research focuses on the role of digital media in different cultural settings to understand the interrelationship between technologies, practices and culture.

Dr Mohammad Hossain

Dr Hossain’s main research focus is in the area of behavioural modelling of technological innovation.


Jordan Lacey

Dr Lacey’s research is located at the interface of sonic arts and urban design, investigating the role of sound installations in creative cities leading to improved social health and wellbeing.


Dr Mark Laidlaw

Dr Laidlaw’s research focus is on understanding the epidemiological relationships between lead exposure and lead poisoning, autism and preeclampsia in urban areas.

Dr Lillian Lee

Dr Lee’s research focuses on the design of nano engineered novel materials for effective therapeutic outcomes to improve global health and wellbeing.

Dr Rajesh Ramanathan

Dr Ramanathan’s research relates to the development of new nano-biosensors/diagnostic devices with particular emphasis on detection of heavy metal ions, biomolecules, and infectious agents.


Dr Yongli Ren

Dr Ren’s research focus is on indoor information retrieval, particularly the development of a model designed to track indoor visitors’ physical and web behaviour.


Dr Amgad Rezk

Dr Rezk’s research expertise in acoustic microfluidics has led to breakthrough discoveries in fundamental fluid flow and the fabrication of novel acoustic devices.


Dr Jolynna Sinanan

Dr Sinanan’s research focus is on how people use social media in their everyday lives, predominantly in relation to the themes of family relationships, politics and migration.

Dr Elizabeth Taylor

Dr Taylor’s research explores the intersections of housing markets and urban planning, focusing on patterns of planning system conflict.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.