Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

FOS Postdoc Society (PdCSU)

What is PdCSU?

PdCSU is a Charles Sturt University society for postdoctoral research staff. We represent postdocs from all schools, research centres and departments within CSU’s Faculty of Science. We welcome all research staff who have completed or are finishing a doctoral degree and hold a fixed term position (or casual contract) within the Faculty of Science at CSU.

PdCSU is run by postdocs for postdocs at CSU. PdCSU is proudly supported by the Faculty of Science.  All postdocs from the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University are invited to join PdCSU. There is no membership fee.

Objectives of PdCSU

  1. Facilitate communication and networking between Postdocs within the Faculty across Departments and the wider University community and with research institutions outside the University.
  2. Foster interdepartmental collaboration and support early career researchers within the University and different research centres.
  3. Provide information and support such that Postdocs may make the most of their time at CSU.
  4. Create social and intellectual network for Postdocs throughout the University.

How to contact/ join PdCSU

If you are interested in joining or helping out you can get in touch by:

Events

Next coffee mornings – join us on:

  • Friday 26th October 2018
  • Friday 25th January 2019
  • Friday 26th April 2019

People

Adam Frew (Acting President)

Dr Adam Frew’s research investigates the interactions between soils, plants and insects. Specifically he is interested in the impacts of silicon on plant growth and resistance to insect herbivores. Prior to joining CSU he completed his PhD at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University) and his BSc (Honours) at the University of St Andrews in the UK.

Joanna Gambetta (Acting Vice-President)

Dr.Joanna Gambetta has studied in Peru, France and Australia. She has a Master’s degree from Montpellier SupAgro in oenology and viticulture and a PhD in wine science from the University of Adelaide.  She works now at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at CSU where she is pursuing her interest in the aroma composition of grapes and wines in relation to different biotic and abiotic stresses. Her PhD project focused on the determination of objective parameters to assess the quality of Chardonnay grapes, juice and wines.

Saliya Gurusinghe (Acting Treasurer)

Dr Gurusinghe completed his Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) from CSU in 2011 focussing on the role of the transcription factor Barx2 in chondrogenic differentiation of adult stem cells. In 2012, Saliya was awarded a CSU Faculty of Science COMPACT postgraduate research scholarship which facilitated his PhD research in the School of Biomedical Sciences on gene modification of adult stem cells and dedifferentiated chondrocytes to produce functional cartilage tissue, in an equine model. In 2016, he joined the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences as an academic within the anatomy and physiology and microbiology disciplines. He is currently embedded within the Plant Interactions Research Group of the Graham Centre as a postdoctoral researcher, focusing on weed suppressive properties of cover crops in mixed farming and broad acre cropping systems with an emphasis on the role of soil microbial communities in the degradation and bio activation of phytotoxic leachates.

James Turner (Acting Secretary)

Dr James Turner is a wildlife ecophysiologist interested in the energetic balance between animals and their environments. He is currently investigating the impacts of heat waves on the metabolism, diet and behavioural ecology of folivorous mammals. Before starting as postdoctoral research fellow at CSU, he studied seasonal acclimatisation in urban wildlife at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and North American bat disease ecology at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. For his PhD research he studied the thermal biology and torpor use of cryptic Australian marsupials at the University of New England.

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