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Murdoch University encourages critical, open thinking to empower their students to have an impact after they graduate. Apply for Semester 1 to work with the academics who are making a real difference in the world.

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Dr Peter Spencer

Associate Professor in Conservation Biology, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Research area

Professor Spencer is a wildlife biologist who specialises in using DNA technology to managing invasive pests as well as rare and endangered species.  He completed his PhD using ‘DNA fingerprinting’ technology to understand the population biology, ecology and mate choice in rock wallabies. Even newer DNA profiling is used to look at the genetic diversity and population changes in endangered species (to see how much they have declined) and in pest invasions, such as feral pigs, cats, mice and wild camels. 

He also established the first wildlife forensics laboratory in Western Australia, involving the illegal trade of birds, reptiles and animal products (such as whale meat, bear products).  Murdoch University has a diverse group of researchers studying a wide variety of wildlife and ecology questions.

Projects across the world

The work and techniques used in managing pest animals has been up taken by laboratories around the world, including the United States, France and Germany. 

In combination with Next Generation Sequencing (sequencing able to uncover the complete genome, Professor Spencer uses the same DNA technology in his research that is used in ‘CSI forensics’.  The camel work was expanded to contribute expertise towards the expansion of parentage testing for the personal camel racing facility for the President of the United Arab Emirates and in Saudi Arabia, where camels are highly prized and worth millions of dollars.

Teaching at Murdoch

Professor Spencer holds the role of Academic Chair in the Conservation and Wildlife Biology programs, as well as Chair of Biological Sciences. He teaches and coordinates the unit Conservation Biology and developed a specialised unit in the Forensic Biology and Toxicology program called Forensic DNA Analysis.

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Mrs Lorraine Finlay

Lecturer, Murdoch University School of Law

Research area

Lorraine Finlay specialises in criminal law, constitutional law, international criminal law and public international law. Mrs Finlay’s global law experience and credentials are currently being applied to research that analyses war crime trials, in particular the Iraqi High Tribunal and how it has affected the re-building process in Iraq.

Projects across the world

Mrs Finlay has taken both her work and students from Australia to the other side of the world. She previously worked at the High Court of Australia and was selected as a Singapura Scholar with the NYU@NUS program where she was awarded a dual LL.M in Law and the Global Economy (with a concentration in Justice and Human Rights) from New York University and in International and Comparative Law from the National University of Singapore. As coordinator of Murdoch University’s Law School Moot Program she’s coached a number of Murdoch’s international moot teams, including the winning teams at the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Competition and International Invitational Mediation Tournament, and finalists at the John Marshall IT and Privacy Law Moot, Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

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Dr Gerrard Poinern

Senior Lecturer in Physics and Nanotechnology, School of Engineering and IT

Research area

Dr Poinern is a world renowned researcher and nanotechnology lecturer who specialises in applied nanotechnology and bionanotech. His research interests include nanoparticles for use in environmental remediation, solar and biomedical fields.

Projects across the world

Dr Poinern discovered and pioneered the use of an inorganic nanomembrane for potential skin tissue engineering applications. He is the first State recipient of a Gill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenge Health Innovation Award for developing biosynthetic materials and their applications in the manufacture of biomedical devices. Dr Poinern has been working on a contraceptive drug delivery device for the third world. The application of this biomedical device will be for the delivery of contraceptive drugs in many of the world’s least developed countries.

Teaching at Murdoch

Dr Poinern’s inspired teaching and innovative ideas have led to six undergraduate students to win the state science innovation award and the Royal society prize of WA. Another of his postgraduate students has also won the prestigious PM Asia Endeavour award in 2010.

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Dr Jeffrey Wilson

Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, School of Management and Governance

Research area

Dr Wilson is a political scientist who specialises in the international politics of natural resources. His work explores how resource-rich countries like Australia can cultivate economic relationships with resource-hungry powers – such as China and India – to safeguard global resource security.

Projects across the world

Dr Wilson frequently contributes to policy dialogues with governments in Asia to investigate how international cooperation can help improve the resource security of regional countries. He is also a member of the First Murdoch Commission, an independent commission of enquiry examining Western Australia’s economic and social ties with partners in Asia. In 2012, he was awarded the Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for his work on Chinese mining investment in Australia.

Teaching at Murdoch

Dr Wilson’s teaching focuses on contemporary dynamics in Asian international affairs, exploring how rising powers in the region will drive change during the coming ‘Asian Century’. He has been nominated for teaching awards at Murdoch University and the Australian National University.

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Featured Courses

Study Law at Murdoch

Make a difference with Murdoch's Law degree.

You’ll study in a world-class learning environment with over 20 years’ experience and have the opportunity to complete your units in Italy, Switzerland and China. You'll hone your debating and reasoning skills against legal experts and other students in simulated professional settings and get practical experience through our legal clinic: Southern Communities Advocacy Legal Education Services (SCALES).

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Study Engineering at Murdoch

Make a difference with Murdoch’s Engineering degree.

You’ll study in facilities identical to those used around the world and be taught by researchers who have real-world experience in applying what they know to solving complex problems. You’ll gain practical and theoretical experience in developing new technologies that can help the resource sector be more sustainable.

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Study Laboratory Medicine at Murdoch

Make a difference with Murdoch’s Laboratory Medicine degree.

You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to diagnose disease in a clinical laboratory setting. You’ll study in a world class medical and health precinct which will help you build extensive practical experience in clinical diagnostic disciplines while learning on-the-job skills. You’ll graduate well prepared to pursue a career in both medical and veterinary laboratory diagnosis and research.

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