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Virginia Kilborn

Virginia Kilborn Chief Scientist at Swinburne University of Technology. Her field of scientific expertise is in radio astronomy, and she works on galaxy evolution by tracing the gas content of galaxies. Virginia obtained her PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Melbourne, and worked at Jodrell Bank observatory in the UK before heading back to Australia to take up a position at Swinburne University in 2003. Virginia was dean of Science at Swinburne from 2019-2021. and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 2015-2018.
Virginia is a founder and co-leader of the WATTLE Women in Leadership program.


  • –present
    Professor, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2001 
    University of Melbourne, PhD/Astrophysics

Professional Memberships

  • Astronomical Society of Australia
  • International Astronomical Union
  • Australian Council of Deans of Science executive member