• Professor Devi Stuart-Fox
    Devi’s research group focuses on animal coloration, including pigments, structural coloration, and near-infrared properties. She is interested in the adaptive value of animal coloration and its diverse applications.
  • Professor Mark Elgar
    Mark’s research group focuses on chemical sensing in insects. They have explored the efficacy of moth antennae as chemical sensors using detailed 3D models and CFD to simulate the flow and capture of pheromones.

External relations

  • Dr Alberto Pugnale

    Dr Alberto Pugnale

    Academic Convenor (ABP)
    Alberto is an architect with a range of research interests in the fields of computational and structural design. He is interested in further developing computational design tools based on algorithms developed to describe biological processes.
  • Katrina Rankin

    Katrina Rankin

    Manager (BioSciences)
    Katrina is an evolutionary ecologist in Devi Stuart-Fox’s group. Katrina’s research focuses on animal visual systems, and pigmentary and structural colouration.

Steering committee (Alphabetical)

  • Professor Kenneth Crozier

    Professor Kenneth Crozier, Physics, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Ken’s research interests are in nano- and micro-optics, with an emphasis on plasmonics for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and optical forces, optofluidics and semiconducting nanowires.
  • Dr Daniel Heath

    Dr Daniel Heath, Biomedical Engineering

    Daniel Heath’s research focuses on developing next generation biomaterials. He has specific interest in developing biomaterials with improved blood-material interactions to reduce failure of medical devices such as vascular grafts and stents.
  • Dr James Hutchison

    Dr James Hutchison, Chemistry

    James works closely with members of the CoE in Exciton Science. His research focuses on polariton-mediated light and heat energy transfer in molecular systems, to improve the efficiency of solar cells and chemical catalysis.
  • Dr Chris Jensen

    Dr Chris Jensen, Architecture, Building and Planning

    Chris has extensive experience as a sustainability consultant on a wide range of projects, from commercial greenstar-rated office buildings, to energy modelling in Antarctica. His research interests are focussed on the passive performance of buildings and the influence of both architecture and construction, often with reference to European trends and systems.
  • Professor Brendon McNiven

    Professor Brendon McNiven, Architecture, Building and Planning

    Brendon has 30 years industry experience in Architectural Engineering. He has worked in lead roles on internationally notable projects, including The Millennium Wheel in the UK, The Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and the Melbourne Star here in Melbourne.
  • Professor Ann Roberts

    Professor Ann Roberts, Physics

    Ann is an optical physicist with diverse interests including development of nanophotonic and plasmonic devices, metamaterials, nanoscale antennas, and nanostructured films for optical document security. Her research group also develops novel microscopic and imaging techniques for non-destructive examination of specimens such as live cells, photonic devices and cultural materials.
  • Dr Wallace Wong

    Dr Wallace Wong, Chemistry

    Wallace is a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx). His research focuses on functional organic materials with applications in solar energy harvesting, biological imaging and chemical sensing.

Affiliated Researchers (Alphabetical)

  • Mr Dingwen ‘Nic’ Bao

    Mr Dingwen ‘Nic’ Bao, RMIT University

    Nic is a PhD Candidate in Architectural Engineering. He is a Registered Architect in Australia who completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT University. Over the past six years, his research work, teaching and architectural practice explore the design methodologies that established a complementary relationship between natural rules, topological optimization, behavioral algorithms, architectural design and additive manufacturing.
  • Dr Joe Berry

    Dr Joe Berry, Chemical Engineering

    Joe’s research group focuses on development and application of numerical models to solve complex, multi-disciplinary problems, including droplet coalescence and breakup, drag reduction in turbulent flows, and chemical flow dynamics. Many of these problems are common to both biological and artificial chemical sensors.
  • Professor Ray Dagastine

    Professor Ray Dagastine, Chemical Engineering

    Ray’s research interests are in the area of particulate and droplet interfacial phenomena, emulsion stability and deformable surfaces. He is a leading researcher in developing experimental methods and theoretical analytical tools to study interaction forces between deformable liquid-liquid interfaces using both optical techniques and atomic force microscopy.
  • A/Prof Adrian Dyer

    A/Prof Adrian Dyer, RMIT University

    Adrian Dyer is a visual ecologist who studies how vision has evolved in complex environments to efficiently solve problems. The main model investigated is bee and flower (pollinator-plant) interactions where individual bees must orientate over relatively large distances to then correctly identify small but highly rewarding target flowers. Modelling of these “bee-inspired” rules provides novel solutions for AI, and an improved understanding of how to efficiently use bees as pollinators in natural, agricultural and urban environments.
  • Dr Giorgio Marfella

    Dr Giorgio Marfella, Architecture, Building and Planning

    Giorgio is an expert in tall building and facade construction technology, with over a decade of industry experience in those fields as a practicing architect. He researches evolutionary and disruptive processes of innovation generated by building materials over time, including glass, concrete and engineered wood products.
  • A/Prof Janet McGaw

    A/Prof Janet McGaw, Architecture, Building and Planning

    Janet McGaw is an Associate Professor in Architectural Design. She is a qualified architect and has a PhD by Creative Works from the University of Melbourne. Her research work, teaching and creative practice investigate ways to make urban space more equitable and sustainable. Over the past four years she has experimented with a variety of biological materials including mycelium, kelp and flax.
  • Dr Janet McGaw

    Dr Peter Sherrell, Chemical Engineering

    Peter’s research interests are in the chemical engineering and assembly of 2D-materials, designing new electrode geometries for energy conversion and storage devices. He is currently focusing on enhancing the light absorbance of photo-catalyst assemblies drawing from natural and synthetic inspirations.
  • Dr Peter Sherrell

    Dr Casey Visintin, BioSciences

    Casey Visintin is trained as both an architect and wildlife conservationist and his research explores impacts of the built environment on ecological systems. He develops quantitative models to perform risk assessment and support environmental decision making. His work draws from several areas of expertise including species distribution modelling, transportation modelling, risk theory, data science, wildlife management and conservation planning.