Three Faculty of Science professors recognised as Redmond Barry Distinguished Professors

Professor Karen Day, Professor David Gardner, and Professor Stuart Wyithe from the Faculty of Science have been awarded the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor by the University of Melbourne.

Established in honour of Professor Redmond Barry’s contribution as founder of the University, the title recognises professors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the University and the wider community, as well as pre-eminence in research, creative activity, and teaching.

Professor Karen Day is a prominent figure in the field of malaria research and is dedicated to the improvement of global health. Professor Day joined the University of Melbourne in 2014 as the Dean of Science, and currently runs a malaria research group in the Bio21 Institute and School of BioSciences. She is also an Emeritus Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford and a member of the New York University Society of Fellows.

Professor David Gardner is a world-renowned embryologist. He is one of the most cited scientists in reproductive biology and medicine, and his work on the metabolism and physiology of the pre-implantation mammalian embryo led to the development of culture systems optimal for several mammalian species and are now used worldwide in embryo research and IVF. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Stuart Wyithe is an ARC Laureate Fellow in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. For his theoretical work which focuses on the evolution of the earliest galaxies and how this evolution may be studied with the next generation of radio telescopes, he has won several prestigious awards for excellence in research; these include the 2008 Edgeworth David Medal from the Royal Society of NSW, the 2009 Pawsey Medal from the Australian Academy of Science, and the 2011 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the year.

Also awarded the title is Professor Glenn Browning from the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

By Michael Hanggodo