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Senior Research Fellow, Macquarie University

Melanie Zeppel works in data science and modelling the costs and benefits of genomic medicine, for childhood cancer, retinoblastoma, genetic eye diseases and other conditions. She also models the costs of informal care due to chronic conditions on workforce productivity, particularly on vulnerable populations.

Experience over the previous 15 years includes measuring and modelling impacts of drought, elevated CO2 and heatwaves on plant physiology, at National and Global scales.

She has been awarded over $1.9 million in competitive funding, including an ARC DECRA and ARC Discovery grants, and has over 55 peer-reviewed publications.

In 2019 she was awarded Scopus Sustainability Researcher of the Year.

Google Scholar:


  • –present
    ARC Research Fellow in Plant Biology, Macquarie University
  • 2017–present
    Senior research fellow, Macquarie University


  • 2008 
    UTS, PhD