Past Fellows

2017 Hugh Rogers Fellowships:

  • Thea Rossen (arts & culture)
  • Dr Jennifer Payne (health care & medical research)
  • John-Paul Plazzer (health care & medical research)

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2016 Hugh Rogers Fellowships:

  • Kate Boswell (education)
  • Jon Quach (healthcare & medical research)

2015 Hugh Rogers Fellowships:

  • Adam Brodie-McKenzie (education)
  • Sridhar Ravi (healthcare & medical research)
  • Aung Ko Win (healthcare & medical research)

2014 Hugh Rogers Fellowships:


  • Mr Sandor Kazi
  • Ms Emily Rochette

Medical research & healthcare

  • Dr Bryn Sobott
  • Dr Natalie Thorne

The Arts

  • Ms Susan de Weger

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2013 Hugh Rogers Fellows

Dr Lauren Ayton

Dr Ayton is a clinician-scientist with a strong research interest in vision restoration, retinal eye disease and clinical assessment of visual performance. Dr Ayton completed her PhD in 2004 at the University of Melbourne in paediatric optometry, and then completed a postdoctoral position in the area of traumatic brain injury and ocular motor function. She is an early career researcher, but has already earned an impressive national and international reputation for her work as the clinical coordinator of the Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) project. This recognition has included receiving the annual CERA Award for Research Excellence in 2012, being awarded a Fellowship of the Australian College of Optometry and being an invited speaker at numerous conferences and community events. Dr Ayton is a passionate science communicator, and is also a regular co-host on 3RRR radio’s science communication show Einstein-A-Go-Go.

Along with Professor Joseph Rizzo (Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School and Head of the Boston Retinal Implant Project), Dr Ayton is heading an international joint task force to gain consensus as to the assessment and reporting of outcomes in vision restoration trials. The Hugh Rogers Fellowship allowed Dr Ayton to travel to Harvard Medical School to work on this collaboration and generate international standards in this field.

Ms Christine Healey

Christine Healey has been the Education Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne, Australia for four years. Christine is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of student and teacher programming, online resources, special projects and the education volunteer program. Christine is undertaking her PhD candidature at RMIT University, researching the practice and pedagogies of Australian art museum educators. She is the current secretary of Museums Australia Education National Network and general committee member of Education Network Victoria. As a VIT registered teacher, who values divergent thinking, Christine is passionate about creating high impact art experiences in museums for young people who visit with their school and would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience art in a museum setting.

Focussing on the delivery of education programs at select art museums and galleries, the purpose of this research was two-fold. Firstly, to understand, describe and document the roles of art museum educators involved in the delivery of education programming through interviews, fieldwork observation, analysis of program goals and delivery practices including exemplar programming. Secondly, to reflect and engage with these subjectivities in Christine’s own practice as a museum educator at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Conducted from an Australian perspective, this project will contribute to a field in which little Australian research has previously been undertaken. Being awarded a Hugh Rogers Fellowship at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston enabled Christine to expand her research to include an American museum, through which comparisons may be made with local national art museum education practice.

Dr Rebecca Lim

Rebecca completed her PhD in 2007, at the University of Western Australia. She moved to Melbourne to commence her post-doctoral training in stem cells and regenerative medicine with world acclaimed stem cell scientist, Professor Alan Trounson at Monash University. In late 2009, she was recruited to The Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research, to investigate the potential for amnion cells to help lung repair. Rebecca has recently uncovered a unique way in which amnion cells can trigger the recruitment of the lung's resident stem cells to overcome lung disease.

With the generous support from the Melbourne Boston Sister Cities Association, Rebecca was able to pursue a collaborative study with leading expert in lung stem cells, Professor Carla Kim, at Harvard Medical School. She is grateful for the generous Hugh Rogers Fellowship that enabled her to foster this joint research and enjoyed representing Melbourne during her time in Boston.

Ms Gemma Turvey

Pianist/composer Gemma Turvey completed a Bachelor of Music (Piano) studying with renowned classical pianist and pedagogue Stephen Savage and jazz pianists Louise Denson and Stephen Newcomb at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music before moving to Melbourne in 2006. In 2011 Gemma founded chamber jazz ensemble The New Palm Court Orchestra, bringing together some of Melbourne’s best classical, jazz and improvising musicians. Together they recorded ‘Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye’- Gemma’s third CD featuring her compositions, which they toured earlier this year with standout performances at the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room, The Great Hall at ANU Canberra and the Noosa Long Weekend Festival. Gemma is an active composer, having written and arranged the music for her three studio recordings; Standing (2006), Into the Life of Things (2008) and Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye (2012), as well as for TV, short film, theatre and private commissions. Gemma is also teacher of piano at North Melbourne Institute of TAFE’s Bachelor of Music Program.

Gemma received a 2013 Hugh Rogers Fellowship, which allowed her travel to Boston for a month of intensive improvisation workshops with multi-Grammy award winning cellist and pedagogue Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music. This preceded the New Palm Court Orchestra hosting Friesen’s debut Australian appearance in March 2014 for a series of exciting performances with the NPCO at Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, Sydney Opera House Utzon Room and Canberra.

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2012 Hugh Rogers Fellows

Mr Paul Beekman and Ms Nerida Mellerick each received fellowships for education research.

Mr Paul Beekman was awarded a fellowship to undertake research at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He intended to explore how a deeper understanding of heritage and the sustainability of natural and built environments might assist students to become active local and global citizens.

Ms Nerida Mellerick was awarded a fellowship to research a thinking curriculum that differentiates learning for gifted and talented students.

2011 Hugh Rogers Fellow

Singer Ms Xenia Hanusiak spent her fellowship as artist-in-residence at NorthEastern University, undertaking performance and teaching and her research on Sylvia Plath and the dramatic monologue.

2010 Hugh Rogers Fellow

Dr Bob Anderson spent six weeks in Boston to further his work in developing treatments into coeliac disease. Bob now lives and works in Boston and is the Chief Scientific Officer for ImmusanT a company working to develop a treatment for coeliac disease.