Senior Medical Research Fellowship

Senior Medical Research Fellowship

The Foundation’s Senior Medical Research Fellowship (SMRF’s) is intended to be amongst the most prestigious awards available to those who wish to continue a career in medical research in Australia. The fellowship is a 5 year initiative valued at $245,000 per annum. In any given year there can be up to two SMRF’s granted.

The Fellowship is an integral part of a scheme that is intended to provide both salary and project grant support for outstanding Australian medical researchers. The total value of the award is $1,225,000.

Outstanding researchers who are medically qualified, or graduates of another scientific discipline with recognised post-doctoral achievements, seeking to establish a research career in Australia and undertake research in an Australia academic institution are eligible to apply whether or not they are currently working in Australia. Application will be judged on the basis of merit and excellence in competition with other applications.

Current recipients of the SMRF’s

Dr Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Regulation of lung stem cells in development and disease
Dr Thomas Gebhardt
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity (The University of Melbourne)
Immune defence in peripheral organs


Prof Ryan Lister
University of Western Australia, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Natural and artificial regulation of the human epigenome in neural differentiation and plasticity
Dr Marc Pellegrini
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Developing “functional cures” for chronic human infections
Dr Nicolas Plachta
Monash University, EMBL Australia & Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute
Seeing how Mammalian life starts: Quantitative single-cell imaging of living embryos


Dr Jose Polo
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute,Monash University
Identifying the molecular mechanism during reprogramming of different somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells
Dr Jian Yang
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Methods and large-scale genomic analyses to study the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders and obesity

Professor Alex Brown
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
Exploring the Natural History of Adverse ENd- Points in Cardiovascular Disease and co-morbid Depression: The ENHANCED Project.
Dr Axel Kallies
The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Transcriptional and epigenetic control of conventional and regulatory T cell differentiation

Dr Clare Parish
Florey Neuroscience Institutes
Improving cell replacement therapy for Parkinson’s disease
Dr Nicole La Gruta
The University of Melbourne
The Killers in You : Determinants of cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses following viral infection

Dr Ross Dickins
The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Modeling lymphocytic leukaemia and its treatment using RNA interference
A/Prof David J. Curtis
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Using mouse models to identify improved therapies for hematologic malignancies

A/Professor Katie Allen
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Predicators of development, persistence and remission of sensitisation and food allergy in a prospective infant cohort
Dr Kieran Harvey
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Regulation of tissue growth by the Salvador-Warts- Hippo pathways

Past recipients of the Senior Medical Research Fellowship can be found in the Alumni section.