Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
Receiving $3.2 million in funding, Professor McFadden is one of only 17 world-class researchers from around Australia to be awarded a five-year Laureate Fellowship, the most prestigious of all ARC awards granted each year.
His Laureate Fellowship, entitled “Sex, genes, reproduction and inheritance in a microbe” will explore sexual gene inheritance in Plasmodium, a representative of a large group of human and animal parasites which must have a sexual exchange of genes in a mosquito for the transfer of disease to a new host. The program is expected to advance Australia’s ability to understand the reproduction and survival of these parasites in their mosquito vector and develop cutting-edge genetic tools that will advance the microbial genetics discipline globally.
University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor James McCluskey said that this award is excellent recognition of the University’s commitment to outstanding research with global impact.
“The University regards Professor McFadden’s award as an exceptional opportunity to enhance our capacity in an area of truly international significance. It will provide the platform for one of our most talented and energetic researchers to lead microbe genetics research into a new era with Australia at the frontline.
I congratulate Professor McFaddenon this significant milestone. As a University community we are confident he will make an exceptional Laureate Fellow," Professor McCluskey said.
Professor McFadden joins an elite group of 14 current and past ARC Australian Laureate Fellows at the University of Melbourne, including our most recent additions in 2016, Professor Jon Woodhead (managing future climates), Kathleen Fitzpatrick Professor Adrienne Stone (diversity & social cohesion) and Professor Anthony Bebbington (mining in a changing society).