Two Indian-origin professors appointed Fellows of the prestigious Australian Academy of Science

Prof. Brajesh Singh, a Soil Ecologist, and Prof. Pankaj Sah, a Neuroscientist. are among this year’s 20 new Fellows who are migrants and all now call Australia home.

Twenty top researchers have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to science by being elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science

Among these Fellows are two Indian-Australian academics Prof. Brajesh Singh, a Soil Ecologist, and Prof. Pankaj Sah, a Neuroscientist.

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Image: Prof. Brajesh Singh (Source: WSU)

In a statement, Prof. Brajesh Singh said: “Humbled, honoured & inspired for being named as a fellow of Australian Academy of Science. @Science_Academy fellows are among the nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected for ground-breaking research with clear impact,” Congrats to all! #FellowsAA

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Ecologist and Distinguished Prof. Singh has shown how the loss of microbial diversity in soils can reduce the functioning of ecosystems. His research has been translated into products and guidelines to improve soil health and led to changes in farm management practices in the agriculture sector. He has also conducted global studies that have demonstrated the central role of soil microbes in predicting, mitigating, and adapting to climate change.

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Image: Prof. Pankaj Shah (Source: Twitter)

Prof. Sah is the Executive Director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland. His research interest includes developing new treatments for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and anorexia nervosa. He has published over 110 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Sah trained in medicine at The University of New South Wales and, after completing his internship, gained a PhD from the Australian National University. Following postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco, and UQ, he established his own laboratory at the University of Newcastle in 1994. He then joined the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University as a group leader in 1997. He was recruited to QBI as a founding member in 2003, and has been Director since July 2015.


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Image: Australian Academy of Science Professor Chennupati Jagadish, AC with Indian PM Narendra Modi (Source; LinkedIn)

President of the Australian Academy of Science Prof. Chennupati Jagadish, AC congratulated the new Fellows on their contributions to science. 

“Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science are among the nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research and contributions that have had clear impact. There is no greater professional honour than being recognised by your own peers and the leaders within your own field of research for your achievements.”

This year’s new Fellows come from countries including Germany, China, India and Italy and all now call Australia home.

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Image: Fellows – Australian Academy of Science 2023

The Academy’s new Fellows for 2023 are:

Corresponding Members 

The Academy is also admitting two Corresponding Members for 2023: 

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