Dr Narelle Tunstall was recently appointed Manager of the ARC Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies.

Narelle is passionate about supporting researchers, their projects and ultimately research outcomes. After completing a PhD in genetics at Monash University in 2007, Narelle started a postdoctoral position at the Queensland Brain Institute (University of Queensland) before realising the value of her skills in research operations, development and engagement.

Narelle’s research management experience now extends across five Australian Universities including three Group of Eight Universities. She has managed complex research projects including an NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence and a Commonwealth funded Collaborative Research Network but has also worked in a large, fast-paced Go8 research office during major grant rounds and has completed hundreds of grant reviews (critical review, eligibility and compliance). Most recently, she has been Manager of Researcher Development, where she has developed training programs for Graduate and Early Career Researchers.

Narelle is an avid contributor to her profession having previously co-founded the UQ Research Administrators Network and is currently Treasurer for the Victorian Chapter of the Australasian Research Managers Society (ARMS). In her spare time, she runs a small consultancy focusing on researcher development and grant writing www.empiricalresearch.com.au.

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