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Prof Lee Astheimer

Position: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Faculty or Division: Research
Department: Office of DVC (Research)
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72793 +61 3 522 72793



Professor Lee Astheimer
BSc (Hons) (Lakehead), PhD (UC Davis)

Professor Lee Astheimer has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of Deakin University since 2009, leading a portfolio that includes responsibility for:

  • Deakin Research
  • Deakin Research Commercial
  • Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)
  • Centre for Intelligent Systems Research

Professor Astheimer's role at Deakin is to provide academic leadership to advance Deakin’s distinctive research and research training and promoting, both nationally and internationally. This includes research development, industry-focused research and commercialisation and research promotion.

Professor Astheimer received her BSc Hon. from Lakehead University, Ontario Canada and her PhD in Ecology from University California, Davis, USA (1984). She was awarded a National Institutes of Health-NIMH Postdoctoral Award (1988-91) in comparative endocrinology and behaviour at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research has focussed on comparative endocrinology and behaviour related to nutrition, reproduction and stress in vertebrates including humans. Prior to joining Deakin Professor Astheimer was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and served as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) 2007-2008. She has also held academic positions at Rutgers University USA and the University of Tasmania.

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