Recent News, events and announcements - relating to both the Department and individual Staff.


August 2015

The Department welcomes Dr Karin Nordstrom to its ranks, as a Senior Lecturer! Karin comes to us from the Uppsala University of Sweden. She is no stranger to Adelaide, having been a Lecturer and ARC Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide in 2009. Her Neuroscience of Insect Vision (NIVi) Laboratory is in containers on its way to Australia and will shortly be established in room 6E:122 of Flinders Medical Centre.

February 2015

The Department held a retirement celebration for Dr Alan Wilson who will be retiring from full-time academia in March this year! The theme was the 70s and many of Alan's colleagues and friends dressed appropriately to farewell this long time staff member. Former colleagues travelled from as far away as QLD to join him for the day, and speeches, songs and skits were enjoyed by all.



The Department welcomes back Catherine Johnson, who has accepted a Tutor position with Anatomy & Histology for 2015.

January 2015

The Department welcomes Janni Petersen, who is our new Associate Professor! Janni comes to us from the University of Manchester, UK, after successfully vying for the senior lectureship position last year. She brings alot of expertise (and equipment) with her and will shortly establish her Environmental Control of Cell Growth & Cell Division Laboratory.

December 2014

The Department congratulates Dr Dusan Matusica, on being offered a continuation to his current Lectureship!



October 2014

The Department farewelled Runchang He from its ranks, at a departmental afternoon tea on Thursday 30th October. Runchang has been a prosector with us for the past 4 years and his always-cheerful disposition will be missed in the Museum.

Runchang He (middle), with his supervisor Greg Souter (left)
and his colleague Les Scott (right)


September 2014

Congratulations to Head of Department, Rainer Haberberger, on his promotion to Professor!

The Department farewelled long-time casual staff member, Mrs Xiao Hui (Sue) Guo. Sue has been a technician with the Histology Teaching & Research Lab since 2009!

Our Head of Department, Assoc Prof Rainer Haberberger, accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge and participated in the group 'dunking' at Flinders University on 1st September. Click here for the YouTube link. Flinders University generously donated to MND South Australia on behalf of all participants involved.

June 2014

Congratulations go to Honours Student, Shane Rix, on being awarded a ‘James and Jessie Brown Memorial Prize in Gerontology’! There are 2 James & Jessie Brown Memorial Prizes in Gerontology awarded annually, for the best pieces of written work, on a topic of relevance in the field of gerontology or aged care. Congratulations to Shane for being nominated by the selection panel as having the best essay within the School of Medicine!

Shane Rix (left) with the Chairman of the James and Jessie Brown Trust, Geof D Mitchell (right)
at the presentation ceremony on 4th June.


May 2014

Congratulations to A&H Secretary, Kiley MacDonald, on being awarded a 2013 Dean's Award, for service to the School of Medicine!

Prof Ian Gibbins was featured in an article entitled "From Anatomy and Histology to Poetry and Electronic Music" in the May 2014 edition of Flinders University's Education in Focus.

April 2014

We officially welcome our brand new Head of Department - Assoc Prof Rainer Haberberger! Rainer's appointment was enthusiastically endorsed by Prof Ian Gibbins and was welcomed by A&H Staff. It is a promotion that has been well-earned and is a great stabiliser for Anatomy & Histology as it prepares for the challenges ahead.

March 2014

The Department welcomes Dr Dusan Matusica, who has accepted a Lecturer position until December 2014! Dusan comes to us from the Queensland Brain Institute.

The Department welcomes Catherine Johnson, who has accepted a Tutor position with Anatomy & Histology for 2014!

February 2014

The Department welcomes Dr Claire Jessup! Claire comes to us from the Dept of Human Physiology after accepting a full-time Lecturer position with Anatomy & Histology. Claire's laboratory - the Islet Biology Laboratory - is now located in room 6E118, on level 6 of Flinders Medical Centre.

Congratulations to Dr ShiYong Yuan who has been offered, and accepted, a Lecturer position with Anatomy & Histology!

The Ian Gibbins Retirement Beach Party was held on Friday, 21 February! Over 160 attendees helped us celebrate the career of our retiring Head of Department, Prof Ian Gibbins. The department would like to Thank everyone who attended and sent well wishes, especially those who flew in from interstate for the event! Judy Morris is thanked for her assistance with picking the perfect gift. And all the SoM and Departmental Staff who helped with setting up, cleaning up and who participated in activities and gave speeches, are offered our sincerest appreciation for contributing to this important event. Ian's final day as our HoD is Monday 31st March 2014.


Congratulations to David Prideaux who won the award for the party's Loudest Shirt!


Congratulations to Dr Christine Barry who has been promoted to the position of Lecturer with Anatomy & Histology!