Scientific Advisory Board

In 2017 CMM formed a Scientific Advisory Board to guide the future development of the Centre.  The Board develops and discusses future strategic planning and resources for CMM, based on users future needs.

Members of the Board provide scientific and technical guidance, or request CMM to follow-up in the fields of emerging technology, applications of microscopy and microanalysis and procedures for CMM facilities. 

Professor Robert Parton, CMM Deputy Director Life-Science, chairs the Scientific Advisory Board in the current term.

Also on the Board are Professor Roger Wepf, Professor Jin ZouAssociate Professor Kevin Jack and Mr Richard Webb representing CMM.

The Board meets twice a year.  Please find more details on the engaging scientific board members below.


Professor Ian Brereton

Professor Ian Brereton is the Director (Research and Technology) of UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) and is responsible for the high resolution NMR service. He has over 20 years’ experience in the application of NMR spectroscopy to the chemical and biomedical sciences. He is the inaugural Director of the Queensland NMR Network, which received Smart State Research Facilities Funding (SSRFF) to establish a network of state-of-the-art, high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) equipment, including the most powerful machine of its kind in the southern hemisphere – a 900 MHz high- resolution spectrometer.

Professor Ian Gentle

Professor Ian Gentle joined The University of Queensland in 1993 and was seconded to the Australian Synchrotron 2008-2010 as Head of Science and returned full time to UQ in 2011. In 2013 he was appointed Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science, while continuing to lead his group in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences. In 2015 he was appointed Deputy Executive Dean, Faculty of Science.

Professor Peter Hayes

Professor Hayes is Professor of Metallurgical Engineering within the School of Chemical Engineering. He is currently the Metallurgical Engineering Program leader and is senior researcher in the Pyrometallurgy Research Group (PYROSEARCH). He received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1974.

Dr Ruth Knibbe

Dr Knibbe’s research interests are in materials for energy generation and storage with specific interest in electrochemistry and electron microscopy. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from UQ in 2007. She then spent four years at DTU-Energy (Danish Technical University) and subsequently five years at the Robinson Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Knibbe’s interests are concerned with: in-situ methods for characterising fuel cell and battery materials, the application of machine learning in new material design, development of new materials for Li-S battery systems and understanding degradation mechanisms in fuel cell and battery systems.

Dr Stephen Love

Dr Stephen Love has been Director of Research Infrastructure at UQ for the past 2 years. He has 14 years of research infrastructure and facilities managerial experience, eight of these at UQ. He was a Researcher in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), from where he transitioned into management of Research Infrastructure at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), and most recently, the Translational Research Institute (TRI). He has been leading laboratory implementation, providing strategic management and advice, in the development of infrastructure systems and services. His knowledge of research facilities and infrastructure in the higher education sector spans three decades and three countries.

Professor Roland De Marco

Professor Roland De Marco has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) since 2016 after taking up the position of inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at USC in 2011. Prior to his roles at USC, he served as Professor of Chemistry and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy), Dean of Research in Science and Engineering and Head of Chemistry at Curtin University from 2001-2011. Throughout all of his leadership roles, both past and present, he has maintained an active research profile leading a small group focussed on the characterization of electromaterials, especially chemical sensor, fuel cell and electrocatalyst materials. Since 2015, he has held Honorary Professorships in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at UQ and the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute at Curtin University.

Professor Darren Martin

Professor Darren Martin is a senior group leader at UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. He is a global leader in research and commercialisation of polyurethanes, polymer nanocomposites and renewable nanomaterials. He has been an active researcher in both the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials and in UQ’s Centre for Translational Polymer Research. Martin is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the successful UQ startup company TenasiTech Pty Ltd.

Professor Fred Meunier

Professor Frederic Meunier was the recipient of a European Biotechnology Fellowship and went on to postgraduate work at the Department of Biochemistry at Imperial College (1997-1999) and at Cancer Research UK (2000-2002) in London, UK. After a short sabbatical at the LMB-MRC in Cambridge (UK), he became a group leader at the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland in 2003. He joined UQs Queensland Brain Institute in 2007 and is currently part of the Centre for Ageing Dementia Research.

Associate Professor Peter Noakes

Associate Professor Peter Noakes is investigating the cell and molecular mechanisms that underlie the development and breakdown of the neuro-motor system. His laboratory works on the following: 1) cell and molecular mechanisms surrounding the establishment of neuromuscular and motor neuron (CNS) synapses. 2) The generation and development of motoneurons in health and in disease (e.g. motor neuron disease {ALS}). 3) The role of innate immune system in motor neuron health and disease. His laboratory employs biochemistry, immuno-histology, electrophysiology, live cell imaging, behaviour, cell and molecular biology to study these issues.

Professor Gordon Southam

Professor Gordon Southam received his BSc (Honours) and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Guelph. He joined the Departments of Earth Science and Biology at the University of Western Ontario when he was appointed Canada Research Chair in Geomicrobiology (2001-2011), and Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (2010-2012). In 2012, Professor Southam joined the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Queensland as the Vale-UQ Geomicrobiology Chair.

Professor Jenny Stow

Professor Jenny Stow undertook postdoctoral training at Yale University’s School of Medicine as a Fogarty International Fellow. She was soon appointed Assistant Professor in the renal unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she established an independent research group in cell biology. She returned to Australia in 1994 as a Wellcome Trust Senior International Fellow to join UQ’s Centre for Molecular and Cellular Biology (now IMB). Professor Stow leads her own IMB laboratory.

Professor Lianzhou Wang

Professor Lianzhou Wang has joint positions with the School of Chemical Engineering, and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. He received his PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. Before joining UQ in 2004, he has worked at two leading national research institutions (NIMS and AIST) of Japan as a research fellow for five years. He is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow; and past recipient of an STA Fellowship of Japan; and an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship.

Professor Paul Young

Professor Young completed his PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was appointed to a lectureship in the University of London in 1986. He returned to Australia as Senior Research Fellow at the Sir Albert Sakzewski Virus Research Centre in 1989 and joined the University of Queensland as a Senior Lecturer in 1991. He is the current President of the Australian Society for Microbiology and the President of the Asia Pacific Society for Medical Virology.