Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

FOS Postdoc Society (PdCSU)

What is PdCSU?

PdCSU is a Charles Sturt University society for all staff who identify as early career researchers (ECRs). We represent ECRs 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, hold a fixed term position (or casual contract), or a continuing position within the Faculty of Science at CSU.

PdCSU is run by ECRs for ECRs. The society is generously supported by the Faculty of Science.  All ECRs from the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University are invited to join PdCSU, become part of the network and be involved in our events.

Objectives of PdCSU

  1. Facilitate communication and networking between early career researchers/academics 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 ECRs may make the most of their time at CSU.
  4. Create social and intellectual network for ECRs throughout the University.

How to contact/ join PdCSU

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

Coffee mornings are hosted regularly throughout the year. These provide an opportunity for ECRs across campuses to connect, discuss their needs and priorities and generally facilitate networking.

Please join us for the next coffee mornings on:

  • Friday 8 February 2019
  • Tuesday 16 April 2019
  • Friday 14 June 2019

This year PdCSU will be on the road for the PdCSU Roadshow, where we will travel to CSU campuses. Keep an eye out for dates.




Adam Frew (Acting President)

Adam Frew

Dr Adam Frew 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. His research investigates the interactions between soils, plants and insect herbivores. Specifically, he looks to understand how arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi alter plant traits, and how these changes can alter plant-herbivore interactions.

Joanna Gambetta (Acting Vice-President)

Joanna Gambetta

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)

Saliya Gurusinghe

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)

James Turner

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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