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Please click on the  Bio  button for a biosketch and photograph of each speaker.

Society Plenary Lecturers


  • Lemberg Medal Award - Leann Tilley, University of Melbourne
  • Shimadzu Medal Award - Michael Lazarou, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


  • Jan Anderson Award - Frances Sussmilch, University of Tasmania
  • Peter Goldacre Award - Maria Ermakova, Australian National University
  • J.G. Wood Award - Rudi Appels, University of Melbourne


  • President’s Medal Award - Jose Polo, University of Adelaide


  • M.J.D. White Medal - Marianne Frommer, University of New South Wales
  • Ross Crozier Medal - Clare Holleley, CSIRO, ACT

ASBMB Education Plenary

  • Merlin Crossley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Life, University of New South Wales

International Plenary Speakers

We are delighted that all of our International Plenary speakers remain committed to ComBio despite the two year delay. The majority will be attending in person, however, with pressing schedules, some will be opting to present virtually*. These presentations will be conducted live, and followed by good opportunity for questions and discussion.

  • Siobhan Brady, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
  • Jamie Cate*, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Jennifer Doudna*, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Niko Geldner, Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Wolfgang Haak, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Tony Hunter, Salk Institute, California, USA
  • Cynthia Kenyon, Calico Life Sciences LLC, South San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Cristina Lo Celso*, Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Jodi Nunnari, University of California, Davis, USA
  • Roy Parker*, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
  • Daniel St Johnston, Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK
  • Emma Teeling*, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Lisette Waits, University of Idaho, Idaho, USA