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.



Thomas Williams (President)

Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. His research has focussed on large ruminant health in established and developing industries assessing the interactions between parasites,  wildlife hosts, farmer management, and animal disease status. Thom currently works within a multidisciplinary team investigating novel point-of-decision diagnostic tools aiming to improve large ruminant health and production outcomes in extensive and intensive systems. Thom has a passion for developing strong communities, R4D, and food security.

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.

Zeyu Xiao (Committee member)

Zeyu Xiao

Zeyu completed his Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Hon.) in 2013 and PhD in viticulture and plant physiology in 2018 at The University of Adelaide. His PhD thesis explored whether hypoxia within the grape berry was associated with mesocarp cell death during berry ripening and how stressful conditions (heat and water stress), in the vineyard, can affect berry cell death. Zeyu is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production. His project investigates the vascular transport into the grape berry and its impact on fruit size and composition.

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