Three Australian scientists who have been working overseas have accepted Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation Fellowships, each worth $450,000 over three years, to return to work in Victoria.


The Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (VESKI) Fellowships are a Victorian Government initiative to return to Victoria successful Australian expatriates with outstanding skills in the fields of science, innovative technology and design.


The fellowships comprise a $150,000 contribution from the Victorian Coalition Government, a $150,000 contribution from the host organisation and $150,000 worth of in-kind support from the host organisation.


The three Victorian experts who have been awarded the fellowships are Dr Seth Masters, Professor Cameron Simmons and Associate Professor Tiffany Walsh.


Dr Seth Masters has returned to continue research at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute on inflammation and the immune system, specifically the body's natural defence mechanisms against disease.


Professor Cameron Simmons will return from the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He will study dengue, a serious virus infection carried by mosquitoes in tropical countries, at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne.


Associate Professor Tiffany Walsh has returned to regional Victoria from Warwick University, UK, to pursue research at Deakin University's Institute for Technology Research and Innovation at Waurn Ponds, Geelong. She is an expert in the field of computational materials science, particularly bio-nano materials modelling. She will also take advantage of the Victorian Life Sciences Computational Initiative.


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