Professor Kerry-Anne Rye (BSc (Hons), PhD, FAHA) is Head of Research at the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW Sydney. She is the immediate Past-Chair of the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions Program Committee (Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) Council nominee) and Chair of the American Heart Association ATVB Council.
Prof Rye is recognised internationally for her work on high density lipoprotein (HDL) structure and function. She was the first to report that HDLs have anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Her current research is focussed on understanding the roles of HDLs in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and the development of new HDL-based therapies for these disorders.
Prof Rye has published over 270 papers in high impact peer reviewed journals that have attracted more than 20,000 citations. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Lipid Research, serves as a regular Guest Editor for the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) and is an Editorial Board Member of the ATVB journal.
Professor Pall Thordarson (Palli) is the Deputy Head of School of Chemistry at the UNSW Sydney. Prof Thordarson is the President (elect) of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and he serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Microscopy Australia and as a Management Committee Member for the ARC Training Centre for the Chemical Industries.
Prof Pall Thordarson obtained his BSc from the University of Iceland in 1996 and a PhD in Chemistry from The University of Sydney in 2001. Following a Marie Curie Fellowship in the Netherlands he returned to Australia in 2003 and was then appointed at UNSW Sydney in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer. He was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in 2012 and promoted to full Professor in 2017. To date 19 PhD students and over 30 BSc Honours students have completed their research training under his guidance.
Prof Thordarson's research is in the area of bio-mimetic chemistry with a focus on nanomedicine, supramolecular and biophysical chemistry. With over 130 publications, including in prestigious journals such as Nature and Nature Nanotechnology, his research from Nanomedicine and Light-harvesting Materials to Supramolecular and Systems Chemistry, including Origin of Life. He is focused on advancing our understanding of how molecules interact with one other and ‘self-assemble’ and how we can then harness self-assembly to create novel functional materials and systems. He has received a number of awards including the 2012 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science for outstanding basic research in Chemistry by a Scientist under the age of 40.
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