Joint appointments

The Alliance is appointing a select group of joint professors who are primarily based at one institution, but spend significant time at the partner university. In addition to directing ground-breaking research activities, our joint appointments also have teaching and strategic responsibilities.

Further information about available positions can be found at current vacancies.

Current joint appointments

Professor Andrew Coats

In 2012, the University of Warwick and Monash University appointed respected researcher and cardiologist, Professor Andrew Coats, to serve as the first joint Academic Vice-President and Director of the Monash Warwick Alliance. Professor Coats' background matches the Alliance's international reach with high-profile academic roles spanning three continents.

Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of Norwich Research Park and Professor-at-Large at the University of East Anglia, both in the United Kingdom. Concurrently, he was Visiting Professor of Medicine at The University of Sydney in Australia, Consulting Professor for Research Strategy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Guest Scientist at the Charité Medical School of Humboldt University in Berlin.

Professor Sébastien Perrier

Professor Perrier is an award winning polymer scientist who divides his time between the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the University of Warwick's Department of Chemistry. Professor Perrier's research focuses on organic nanotubes, which are innovative materials that can be used in water purification, gas storage and CO2 capture. They can also be used in biosensors, such as in glucose monitoring for diabetes patients, or in drug delivery, transporting the active agents of drugs to specific cells. Professor Perrier has received prestigious awards from the Royal Society, the Australian Academy of Science and the America Chemical Society:

Professor Tom Davis

Professor Davis is a leading polymer scientist/nanotechnologist with a proven performance in producing highly influential research. He is the most cited polymer scientist and/or nanotechnologist in Australia, and has published more than 360 refereed papers, with more than 36 publications cited 100+ times, and 115 publications cited 50+ times.

Professor Davis is also based at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the University of Warwick's Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on targeted nanoparticles that carry therapeutics and chemicals that assist with the diagnosis and monitoring of illnesses directly to the disease site. His research may improve how we treat conditions from cancer to heart disease.

Professor Neil Cameron

Professor Neil Cameron joined the Monash Warwick Alliance as Professor of Polymer Materials in September 2014 and will bring together materials science and engineering with biomedical science to further research into tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and nanomedicine.

Professor Cameron’s research career spans three decades including post-doctoral positions in Eindhoven and at Heriot Watt University followed by a successful 17-year career at Durham University.

Professor Philip Wai Hong Chan

Professor Philip Chan joins the Monash Warwick Alliance as Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and will pursue the development of sustainable catalytic strategies for complex molecule synthesis and their potential applications in the field of natural products and functional materials synthesis and drug discovery.

Professor Chan’s research career spans two decades at universities across the globe including post-doctoral positions at Tohoku University, Japan; the University of Sydney, and the University of Hong Kong, followed by eight successful years at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

Professor Shanwen Tao

Professor Shanwen Tao joined the Alliance in July 2015 as Monash Warwick Professor of Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Processes. He is directing his research to technologies related to energy and sustainable synthesis to reduce CO2 emissions with electro-chemically synthesised fuels.

Professor Tao's research career includes postdoctoral positions at the University of Science and Technology of China, and postings at the National Laboratory of Denmark and the University of St Andrews, Scotland. From 2010 he was Professor of Nanotechnology for Energy Solutions at the University of Strathclyde in the UK.

Associate Professor Alex de Marco

Associate Professor Alex de Marco joined the Alliance in October 2015 as Monash Warwick Associate Professor within Monash's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His focus is on the development of hardware and software to extend the use of cryo-CLEM to in situ structural biology and biochemistry. The goal of his research is to bring full automation and high throughput in the sample preparation, data collection and analyses for cryo-Electron Microscopy performed directly in cells or in embryos at early stages of development.

Associate Professor de Marco's research career includes time at EMBL working on the development of cryo-Electron Tomography and Subtomogram Averaging on large scale in order to study various stages of the replication cycle in HIV-1 and at FEI Company where he was responsible for the development of hardware and software solutions for Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM).