I am pleased to announce that Professor Margaret Harding will be joining ANU as our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).
Professor Harding is a leading expert in biological and medicinal chemistry, and an Australian Research Council Advisory Committee member.
As the outstanding candidate in a strong field, Professor Harding will lead ANU research and act as the focal point for the University for both researchers and funding organisations. She will join ANU in mid 2012.
Professor Harding is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW, where her role includes specific responsibility for improving research performance, as well as attracting and retaining outstanding academic staff. Experience in these areas will prove invaluable at ANU.
Professor Harding has had a distinguished career in academia. Following the completion of her PhD in 1987, roles have included serving as the inaugural Dean of Graduate Research at UNSW, establishing UNSW’s Graduate Research School and holding the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy).
Professor Harding is a Professor of Chemistry. She has been awarded the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Rennie and Biota Medals, and has held Australian Academy of Science Fellowships in France, UK and USA. She has been a member of the ARC College of Experts (Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences), ARC Federation Fellowship selection panel and has served as Chair of the ARC International Linkage and ARC Scrutiny Committees. Her current research interests are antifreeze proteins and ligand-DNA interactions.