Professor Robert Saint

Professor Robert Saint

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Flinders University

Professor Saint has 118 publications to date, two patents and numerous honours and awards, including the Julian Wells Medal, the MJD White lecture and the President’s medal of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology. He currently holds National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) research funding and has held significant grants from both Australian Research Council (ARC) and NH&MRC over a period of 25 years, including an ARC Special Research Centre from 2000-2008.

He was a member of the ARC College of Experts (2008-2010) and in 2009 was Chair of the ARC Biological Science and Biotechnology panel. From 2009 to 2013 he was a member of the Human Frontier Science Program Grant Review Panel and has served on National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) panels. From 2012 to 2014 he was a standing member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC).

A PhD graduate of the University of Adelaide, Professor Saint’s research career has also taken him to Stanford University, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, The University of Melbourne, CSIRO (Canberra), and ANU. His experience in academic leadership includes a number of management roles at Adelaide University and ANU, followed by his appointment as Dean of Science at Melbourne University. He returned to the University of Adelaide in 2013 to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy) prior to commencing as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Flinders University on 6 July 2015.

  • "eResearch capabilities ... ensure we can continue to use the latest methods available in our field. The hope is that through the use of these technologies, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible.”  
    Professor Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyCognitive Neuroscience, UniSA
  • “Having access to greater computer power helps us put in place a more realistic model in terms of the number of atoms you can have in the system and that improves the predictive power of the calculations.”
    Professor Andrea GersonMinerals and Materials Science & Technology
  • “It would be impossible to do the type of research that we’re doing without them – it is a major factor in achieving our research outcomes.”  
    Associate Professor Con DoolanSchool of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • On using an eResearch program to complete 3D modelling of architectural records: “We were able to build an interactive, photo image model of the [historical South Australian property Joseph Elliot’s cottage] home – transforming simple sketches and floor plans into an interactive 3D experience... what we have now is a computerised model that allows us to experience the Elliott house beyond just words on paper”.
    Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
  • “The supercomputing facilities at eResearch SA permit analysis of a host of interesting problems in evolutionary biology. It is the only computer system in SA that can perform certain complex calculations required to infer large evolutionary trees and associated patterns of evolution.”  
    Associate Professor Michael LeeSouth Australian Museum
  • “Open source intelligence is about extracting information from blogs, news sites and social media platforms, any information that can be freely accessed online. There’s way too much information out there for an individual or group of people to comprehend, so we have created automated tools to allow our users to extract the data they need...access to the latest technology allow[s] us to continue to provide the best platforms to our end-users.”
    David BlockowData to Decisions CRC

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