The Australian Capital Territory Chapter

Lori Mancell

Lori Head shot (002).jpgGovernance Policy Advisor

Lori provides advice at the CSIRO on matters that relate to Governance, Corporate Policy and Performance management, which requires a sound understanding of Commonwealth legislation, information management and process design. Additionally she is a 'Lean Launch Pad' coach, working with CSIRO's entrepreneurs as they engage with potential markets and customers to get great science out into the marketplace. Lori has also worked at a Performance Auditor reviewing/assessing for compliance and then developing in consultation improvements to systems, processes and practices. 




Dr Mary Gray

Mary Gray.jpgAssistant Manager, Research Management
ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Australian National University

Mary is the Assistant Manager, Research Management, at ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, at Australian National University. Mary received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Otago before moving to Canberra in December 2012. She managed the Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation during 2013, which included the management of $2.5 million dollar grants program for early career researchers. In January 2014 Mary moved to the Australian National University (ANU) where she is currently an Assistant Manager to one of the four teams that service the physical and biological sciences at ANU.




Media and External Relations
Marie-Helene Rousseau

Deputy Manager, CAP Research Services
Australian National University

M-H R.jpgMarie-Helene manages the Research Funding and Development team of the central Research Services Division of the Australian National University, responsible for coordinating large scale research funding schemes and managing targeted funding opportunities. Before taking this role, she was the Deputy Manager, Research Services, at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific; there she was responsible for grants and funding proposal development, capacity building of academics,  and managing the College Seminar Series aimed at building research development and management capacity within the academic community. Marie-Helene holds a PhD from the University of London. Prior to joining the ANU, she was the Director of Research for the Beverly Foundation, a US based non-profit Foundation.




Committee Member
Dr Jackson Thomas

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Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
University of Canberra

Jackson Thomas is Assistant Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Canberra. Prior to this appointment Jackson worked with University of Tasmania (Tasmania) and Charles Darwin University (Northern Territory).  Jackson is in the editorial panel of the International Journal of Applied Biology and Pharmaceutical Technology, and Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice. He is a regular reviewer of a number of international journals including the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, Expert Review of Dermatology, Global Research Journal of Microbiology, Journals of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Journal of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. Jackson also served as a subject expert and referee for the grants advisory committee, British Skin Foundation, London, United Kingdom.


Committee Member
Helen Thomas

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Executive Assistant to the Director and Portfolio Manager
Institute of Applied Ecology
University of Canberra

Helen is the Executive Assistant to the Director and Portfolio Manager, at the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra. She provides support for executive management meetings and manages senior level visits to the IAE.




Committee Member
Dr Nian (Jenny) Jiang

Jenny.jpgSenior Research Management Officer
Joint Colleges of Science

Jenny is the Senior Research Management Officer at the Joint Colleges of Science in ANU. Jenny received a PhD in Physics from ANU in 2016. Jenny had 10 years’ experience as a researcher in materials science and engineering and is passionate about promoting collaboration between researchers in different fields and between researchers and research end-users.  Jenny started working in Research Office in ANU since 2016 and she is the Scheme Coordinator for Linkage Projects for the Joint Colleges of Science at ANU.