Nanotechnologist awarded a Westpac Research Fellow

27 June 2018

ANU researcher Dr Vini Gautam has been named a Westpac Research Fellow. Dr Gautam was selected from a highly competitive field of early career researchers to receive the Fellowship, which is cofounded by ANU and Westpac.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said: "We are proud to be a partner in the Westpac Research Fellowships, and it is great to see Westpac collaborating with universities to support early career researchers. I congratulate the two exceptional female researchers recognised. I particularly congratulate Dr Gautam, whose work at the ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research could lead to revolutionary new ways to help repair brain injuries."

Dr Gautam leads a team of students at ANU who are developing nanoscale scaffolds to engineer the growth of neuro circuits. If successful, this technology has the potential to repair brain damage through neuro-prosthetics. The outcome of Dr Gautam's research is also likely to help us better understand neurological diseases.

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation CEO, Susan Bannigan said: "We are thrilled to be working with our university partners to improve the opportunities for early career researchers. Together we can bring a new dimension to their professional development through bespoke leadership development and networking opportunities beyond the education sector.

The Westpac Research Fellowship was established in 2016 and has been co-created with Australia's leading research universities to focus on the specific needs of early career researchers to cover their full-time salary in addition to professional development and global experiences.

To find out more about the Westpac Research Fellowship visit

Applications for the next round close 27 August 2018.  


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