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Professor Frances Shannon

Professor Frances ShannonDeputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Contact Information

Location: Building 1, Level D, Room 131
Telephone: +61 2 6201 2884
Email: DeputyVice-ChancellorResearchandInnovation@canberra.edu.au
Postal Address: University of Canberra, ACT 2601

Executive Assistant: Mrs Karina Doblander-Azurin
Telephone: +61 2 6201 2884
Email: DeputyVice-ChancellorResearchandInnovation@canberra.edu.au

Biography

Professor Frances Shannon is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research at the University of Canberra with responsibility for research, innovation and research training across the university. Prior to joining the University of Canberra in 2010, she was the Deputy Director and then Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University.  Professor Shannon is a molecular biologist whose work has made a significant contribution to understanding gene regulation in the immune system. Her contributions have been recognised through various awards such as the Boehringer Medal from the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Julian Wells Medal from the Lorne Genome Conference.

Professor Shannon graduated in 1977 from University College Dublin (UCD) with a BSc (Hons 1st Class) in Zoology followed by a PhD in biochemistry in 1981. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Adelaide and was a Founding Member of the Hanson Centre for Cancer Research at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science in Adelaide. In 1998, Prof Shannon joined the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU where she continued her research on gene regulation in the immune system. In addition, she led the development of a genomics facility at the ANU and contributed to the redevelopment of the JCSMR building. She served as President of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2011-2012 and she has also been President of Lorne Genome Conference Inc. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging (Monash University) and chairs the Scientific Advisory Board for the LaTrobe Institute for Molecular Science.