It is with great pleasure that we can inform you that Richelle Mychasiuk has been promoted to Full Professor (Level E) in the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School, Monash University.
Richelle is an outstanding behavioural neuroscientist who was recruited to Monash University in 2018 in from Hotchkiss Brain Institute, The University of Calgary, Canada, to co-found the highly successful Monash Neurotrauma Group with her fellow Canadian, Associate Professor Sandy Shultz.
Richelle graduated with her PhD in Neuroscience from The University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 2011, and then undertook post-doctoral fellowships at The University of Lethbridge (2011-12) and then at The University of Calgary (2012-15) before being appointed to a Faculty Position as Assistant Professor at The University of Calgary (2015-18).
Since moving her group to Monash in 2018 she has co-led the Monash Trauma Group to include over 20 researchers from all academic levels, and become the leading translational neurotrauma group in the country.
Her broad research program uses extensive behavioural and epigenetic techniques to understand how early life experiences modulate brain development in adolescence, with a specific focus on the factors that regulate susceptibility and recovery from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
Richelle has been one of the few to thoroughly investigate the role of sex and sex-differences in outcomes within the realm of neurodevelopment, mTBI, and pain research.
In the last 5 years, as principal investigator, Richelle has been awarded more than $2.5 million in competitive funding (including an NHMRC Investigator Grant, a Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) grant and three NHMRC Project Grants), supervised 13 graduate students, and has published 75 papers (cited ~3000 times). She has a career total of 119 published peer-reviewed papers which have been cited almost 4000 times (H-Index of 34).
Richelle's promotion to full Professor just 10 years post-PhD reflects what has been an absolutely spectacular research career to date. We have no doubt that she is now poised to take this to even great heights over the coming years.
Please join with us on congratulating Richelle on her promotion.
Professor Helmut Butzkueven, Van Cleef Roet Chair and Head of Department of Neuroscience, CCS
Professor Terence O’Brien, Head, Central Clinical School, Monash University