Dr Johanna Barclay is the Research Development Manager, leading the Strategic Development Team for Mater Research in Brisbane. Under her stewardship, this team oversees a diverse and complex portfolio including all aspects of funding (identification, application support and review, pre- and post-award administration), research education, research engagement (biomedical, clinical, industry, philanthropy and government), research communications, research metrics and impact, as well as biostatistical and database support.
Johanna’s success in these activities, exemplified by her rapid advancement within the organisation, is underpinned by her experience as a researcher. Johanna achieved her PhD from The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007, and went on to undertake successful postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (UQ), the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Germany), the Faculty of Medicine (UQ), and Mater Research. Her research spans both biomedical and clinical fields, and has given her broad understanding of the Australian research landscape as well as an appreciation of the international landscape. Johanna remains an active researcher and is involved in studies which span the entire translational pipeline from discovery through to implementation.
Johanna has expertise with identifying and developing new strategies to increase and diversify research support, and is passionate about forming partnerships through effective networking. She has a keen appreciation of the multitude of models under which research is performed in Australia, and is driven to identify creative initiatives which leverage existing research strengths to achieve tangible outcomes. Her skills and knowledge are widely acknowledged outside of Mater Research, and she is a valued member of management and governance committees within Mater Health and Mater Foundation.