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Professor Katherine Belov to lead global engagement strategy

March 01, 2016

New role includes identifying and enabling strategic opportunities for partnership and collaboration in research and education.

Member of the Earlham Institute (EI) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Professor Katherine Belov is appointed to the new role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at The University of Sydney.

Reporting to the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Belov's new role includes responsibility for managing the development and execution of the University’s global engagement strategy.

Prof Belov sits on EI’s Scientific Advisory Board to help steer the Institute’s scientific research strategy and build upon its National Capability in Genomics. She also works closely with EI’s Faculty on the understanding of biodiversity and its impact on species’ survival and management.

Prof Di Palma, said: “On Behalf of EI, I am really pleased to congratulate Professor Belov on her new appointment, and we look forward to working together on many more collaborative projects, including the upcoming Genome 10k conference at TGAC in 2017.”

At The University of Sydney, Prof Belov will develop the capacity of academic and professional staff to support international student learning and international research collaborations, and to achieve educational excellence in the international arena. She will also promote the University’s position in the international academic and research community, and identify and enable strategic opportunities for partnership and collaboration in research and education.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to establish key international partnerships which span research and teaching and have a whole-of-university appeal," says Prof Belov, who is stepping down from her role as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

"I am particularly interested in exploring partnerships that focus on solving global challenges and encouraging engagement with industry and local communities. My passion is developing early and mid-career researchers – and I will be looking for ways to best engage our up-and-coming research stars."

A leading geneticist, Prof Belov’s own research focuses on the immunogenetics and genomics of Australasia’s wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, wallabies, platypuses, koalas, frogs, skinks, cats and bats. She has participated in large international sequencing consortia and was an active participant in the opossum, platypus and tammar wallaby genome projects, during which she identified expansions in novel antimicrobial peptide gene families. View her academic profile to find out more.

EI’s Scientific Advisory Board is an independent body which advises the Institute's Senior Management team and Trustee Directors on the strategic relevance, balance and quality of the research programme at the Institute. EI’s Trustee Board is responsible for the appointment of the members following consultation with the Patrons.

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