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PROF Sally Gras




  • Associate Professor Sally Gras is a Reader in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne and Director of The ARC Dairy Innovation Hub.

    Current Research Activities
    - Nano and Biomolecular Engineering
    - Nanostructured Materials
    - Tailored Biomaterials and Emulsions
    - Nano-diagnostics, nano-toxicology, nano-therapeutics
    - Fermentation processes and scale-up    


Member of

  • Australasian Society for Biomaterials. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network. Member 2008 -
  • IChemE. Institute of Chemical Engineers 2008 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • In the Dairy Innovation Australia Awards held in July 2012 for academics working in the dairy industry Dr Sally Gras and team, who won the Certificate of Excellence for the most valuable research team, in recognition of the research outcomes and industry engagement on projects within the Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd Funded Research Program.

    2012-2014: S. Gras, D.Tillett, G. Martin, A. Stickland and P. Scales, 'Bacteriophages for foam control in wastewater processing', ARC Linkage Project with Melbourne Water Corporation, SA Water Corporation, Water Corporation of WA, Australian Research Council, ARC funding $210K

    2010: S. Gras, S. Kentish, P. Gooley, A. Gosling and F. Pettolino, 'Soluble fibre for increased gut health', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Bio21, University of Melbourne, $30K

    2009: S. Gras awarded an AFAS FEAST-France Fellowship (Australian French Association for Science and Technology), $5K

    2009: S. Gras, 'Biological production of renewable commodity chemicals', Collaborative Research Grant, University of Melbourne, $19K

    2007: S. Gras, 'Optimising the design of biomimetic protein fibrils for nanotechnology', Early Career Researcher Grant, University of Melbourne, $30K

    2007: S. Gras and A. Squires, 'Structural analysis of flow-aligned hydrated amyloid fibrils using x-ray scattering', Joint Research Grant with the University of Reading, UK, University of Melbourne, $15K

    2007: S. Gras, 'Optimising the design of functional fibrils for nanotechnology', Australian Academy of Science, Scientific Visits to Europe with the University of Cambridge, UK, $10,200

    2006: S. Gras, 2006 Selby Research Award to support early careeer researcher in Chemistry and related disciplines, $10,500   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 2007
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 2002
  • BEng (Hons), University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • Certificate of Excellence for Most Engaged Research Group, Dairy Innovation Australia Limited (DIAL) Awards, 2012
  • Funding travel to Joint Research Unit for the Science and Technology of Milk and Eggs (INRA) Rennes (Brittany), AFAS FEAST-France Fellowship 2009, 2009
  • Victoria Fellowship - Science Technology and Innovation - Industrial and research centres in Ireland, the UK and Europe to take a new look at cheese, Business Victoria, 2009
  • Young Scientists Exchange Scheme to China, The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences, 2009
  • Attend Teaching Conference Virginia USA, U21 Universities Leadership Award, 2007
  • Young Investigator Commendation (oral presentation), Australasian Society for Biomaterials, 2007
  • Selby Research Award, Selby Scientific Foundation, 2006


Available for supervision

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