Suzanne Cory Medal


The Suzanne Cory Medal recognises outstanding research in all of the biological sciences, being awarded in alternate years in the bio-medical sciences and in all of the biological sciences excluding bio-medical sciences.. It is a career award that is open to any biological science researcher regardless of time since their major degree. It honours the contributions made to science by Professor Suzanne Cory AC FAA FRS who, as a molecular biologist, has made major contributions to understanding the genetic causes of cancer. The Medal and a lecture will be presented at a dinner in the Awardees State capital. 

Professor Susanne von Caemmerer FAA FRS, The Australian National University

Citation: Professor von Caemmerer is the pre-eminent authority on modelling metabolic, physiological, structural and environmental aspects underpinning photosynthetic CO2 fixation in plant leaves. She changed the way we think about photosynthesis and gas exchange in leaves and remains at the forefront of this research. Her ability to combine mathematical modelling with experimental approaches and her progressive exploitation of ever more powerful molecular engineering methods throughout an outstanding career have refined and deepened our understanding of biochemical, physiological and environmental limitations to photosynthesis. Her research from leaf chloroplasts to global models of plant production aimed at enhancing photosynthetic rates in crop plants to increase their yields and adapt to climate change is now applied world-wide.

The Australian Academy of Science video: Inaugural Suzanne Cory Medal—Professor Susanne von Caemmerer FAA FRS

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