AMCREC Lead Coordinator; Research Fellow
Medicinal cannabis expert and pharmacognosist
Justin Sinclair MHMed (USyd) is a Research Fellow and one of Australia’s foremost experts in medicinal cannabis. Justin has published on the topics of pain management, the endocannabinoid system, herb/drug interactions and the therapeutic applications of the Cannabis genus. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the International Cannabinoid Research Society and has spent the last decade investigating medicinal cannabis use both in Australia and the USA. Working in education since 2003, Justin has taught across a wide variety of subjects encompassing medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, integrated pharmacology and clinical pathology to plant specific sciences such as pharmacognosy / phytochemistry, herbal manufacturing and medicinal botany. He has also worked as a research and development consultant to the educational and healthcare industries since 2006.
Professor of Integrative Mental Health
Expert in psychotropic plant medicines, genomics and clinical trials
Professor Sarris holds an NHMRC Clinical Research Fellowship, in addition to an honorary position at the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry as a Principal Research Fellow. He is a human clinical trials specialist and has a particular interest in anxiety and mood disorder research pertaining to integrative medicine, nutraceutical psychopharmacology and psychotropic plant medicines (including cannabis), and lifestyle medicine. His research also utilises genomic technology to examine the pharmacogenomics of individual responses to nutraceuticals in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Professor Sarris has over 130 publications and has published in many eminent journals in the field including JAMA Psychiatry, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Lancet Psychiatry, and World Psychiatry. Prof Sarris has led a number of RCTs including 3 recent NHMRC-funded multicentre clinical trials of natural products for mental health disorders.
Associate Professor, Behavioural Neuroscience
Expert in medicinal cannabis psychiatric disorder in vivo models
Associate Professor Tim Karl is a Behavioural Neuroscientist, having a distinguished track record for in vivo model research of cannabinoids. His expertise in neuropsychiatry has produced several landmark novel research studies on the therapeutic effects of cannabis constituents in psychiatric in vivo models, in particular for Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Having graduated from Leipniz University of Hanover (Germany), Tim has built a recognised laboratory, his research focusing on the gene-environment interactions in animal models for brain disorders. Assoc. Prof Karl has attracted research funding for his work from organisations such as the NHMRC, the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation, and the German Research Foundation.
Professor of Analytical Chemistry
Expert in HPLC and cannabinoid seperation analysis
Andrew Shalliker is Professor of Analytical Chemistry and the Deputy Director of a prominent Australian Centre for Separation Science Research. Professor Shalliker research group explores and develops column technology, stationary phase design and the separation of complex samples using multidimensional approaches. Prof. Shalliker has extensive experience in screening, analysis and separation of compounds from whole plant sources, including cannabis. He has significant education and training globally, culminating in a DSc qualification from Deakin University. Prof Shalliker has over 130 publications and a distinquished preclinical studies portfolio.
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Nanotechnology
Expert in cannabinoid synthesis and spectroscopy
Associate Professor Kamali Kannangara leads a prominent Functional Nanomaterials Research Team. She has expertise in the synthesis of organic/metallorganic compounds and nanomaterials, including multi-step synthesis of cannabinoid metabolites and analogues and the use of spectroscopic techniques for the elucidation of molecular structure. Assoc. Prof Kannangara has over 60 publications and has received significant research funding from competitive grant schemes.
Senior Fellow in Plant Molecular Biology
Expert in the (epi)genetics of medicinal plant metabolism
Chris Cazzonelli is a Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer of Plant Molecular Biology. Dr Cazzonelli has established and leads the Environmental Epigenetics Laboratory focused on research of the epigenetic mechanisms of medicinal plant metabolism regulation. He has a strong interest in medicinal cannabis and is well-placed to apply his skillset to evolve the understanding of cannabis and how optimal medicinal cultivars can be developed. Dr Cazzonelli completed his BSc and PhD at UQ,, being awarded the prestigious Goldacre Medal in 2010.
Lecturer of Environmental Health and Management
Expert in assessment of occupational exposure to biological hazards
Dr Maggie Davidson is a practicing occupational hygienist, lecturer in Environmental Health and Management, and an adjunct researcher in the field of occupational hygiene with Edith Cowan University. Maggie has expertise in the sampling, characterisation and analysis of bioaerosols in occupational environments, and is currently leading a research project investigating worker exposure to inhalable bioaersols in cannabis-based industries for the development of best practice guidelines to promote worker health and wellbeing. Dr Davidson is a member of the American Society of Microbiologists and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.