Dr. Mary Collins

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December 28, 2009
Born in Hamana Lebanon to Samira and Raymond George Chebib on December 7th 1965, she was the first of three children. In 1966 her family immigrated to Colombia, and after two and a half years again emigrated, but now to Brisbane Australia, were her and her family called home for many years. Her father, Raymond - George worked as a carpenter, whilst her mother stayed at home up until 1982, and then began work at a local Lebanese restaurant. With the continuous support of her parents, she studied a Catholic Primary School, and then obtained her Higher School Certificate at a Brisbane State School. With this support, she then went on to graduate in 1987 from a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland. She graduated with honors. In 1989 she married her husband Bradley. With much larger dreams and even bigger aspirations, she took on a PhD at Griffith University [Brisbane] before coming to Sydney in 1994 to complete post doctorate work in the Department of Pharmacology. It was in these post-doctorate studies that she developed her extraordinary research into GABA agents for their potential use in improving memory. Her passion for teaching and chemistry, coupled with her enthusiasm for learning and the basic sciences, she then at this time took on a teaching position in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy. Her list of appointments doesn’t end their. In 1996, she was a research officer at the Department of Pharmacology, in the University of Sydney, and in 1998 she was elevated to the position to senior Research officer in the same Faculty. In the year 2000, she became a lecturer in the Faculty of Pharmacy, and today she is a senior lecturer in the same faculty. Her achievements don’t simply include employment within the University of Sydney. Her tireless efforts within the field of pharmacology since 1999 have been tremendous. She has, within either research teams or single handedly undertaken numerous investigations and research tasks into countless sectors of Pharmacology. She has earn’t the trust and respect of a number of Funding bodies and in fact has received grants totaling over $3.7million in the past 6 years. And her achievements have not gone unnoticed. In 1998, she received the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists {ASCEPT} Johnson and Johnson New Investigator Award. Also, in 2000 she was further recognized winning the Royal Australian chemical Institute {RACI} BIOTA Award. Her passion for teaching and her tremendous experience has enabled her to undertake higher Degree supervision of students undertaken their doctoral works. She has undertaken the role of either Supervisor, Co-Supervisor or Associate Supervisor in the development of a number of students doctoral works. Her list of professional memberships are indeed a testament to herself, being a member of the Society of Neuroscience and Australian Neuroscience Society, just to name a couple. Her contributions to her profession and the Universities administration are renowned and outstanding. They include; Unit of Study coordinator, committee member for course development, other university committee activities including Chair of the Pharmacy Postgraduate Research student Subcommittee and Deputy chair of the Pharmacy Research Committee. Her professional Committee Activities are numerous and include being the Chair of the RACI Division of Biomolecular Chemistry. She has undertaken a number of scientific refereeing activities which include reviewer of PhD theses at the Universities of Sydney, Deakin, Melbourne, Monash and Wollongong. Her generosity of time is further expressed in her community service activities including being an advisor in Careers and Information days and presenting information in the “Science is for Girls” program for primary school children. She has undertaken a countless number of reviews, Book chapters, journal articles and both refereed and un-refereed Conference papers. She, together with other researchers hold many patents to do with Pharmacological research.

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