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2016 Australia - APEC Women in Fellowship


Ten outstanding researchers with expertise across a range of disciplines were awarded fellowships in 2016.


Dr Cheryll Ruth R Soriano 

This project will examine the social ecology of new media use in slum communities and explore the intersections of socio-cultural space, technology, and youth cultures. 


Dr Fiona Hukula 

This research project Will investigate how gender based violence is negotiated and mediated through the use of both informal and formal urban dispute resolution mechanisms in Port Moresby, PNG. 

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Dr Hoy-Yen Chan 

This project aims to develop strategies for a transition to zero energy housing in Malaysia which can be adapted according to local conditions.


Dr Laely Nurhidayah 

This research project will examine ocean governance towards marine biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in Australia and Indonesia. 

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Dr Nghiem Quynh Chi 

This project will determine patterns of variation in the frequency of diploid, triploid and tetraploid trees which have some potential for planting at high elevation topography in Vietnam. 


Associate Professor Dr Nguyen Thi Lan Huong 

The project will assess innovative strategies and emergent technology to treat wastewater and storm water in Australia technologies for transfer into Vietnam.

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Dr Marcela Henriquez-Henriquez 

This research project will study the role that gene variations play in determining sphingolipid metabolic pathways as risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders.


Dr Sarani Zakaria 

This research will examine the behaviour of nano cellulose membranes from palm oil pulp, which hold promise for the treatment of heavy metals, desalination of seawater and the removal of pathogens. 


Dr Vanitha Mariappan 

This research project aims to determine the environmental point sources of outbreaks of disease spread by rodents in Northern Australia and develop a rapid detection method.

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 Dr Xiuwen Zhou 

This project aims to facilitate the design process of blue OLED emitters to reach the full potential for flat panel displays and lighting. 

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