Former Stoddart Group PhD Student Albert Fahrenbach, who accepted a position as a Lecturer in prebiotic chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney Australia at the end of 2018, has recently been promoted to Senior Lecturer (the US equivalent of an Associate Professor).
Albert is a teaching and research academic. While maintaining a teaching load, and amidst the backdrop of the pandemic, he has built and maintained a robust and diverse interdisciplinary research group. In 2020, he applied for and was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant as the chief investigator on the topic of prebiotic RNA synthesis. He was recently a 2021 Top-Five Finalist for the Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) Prize, and was awarded a UNSW Outstanding Supervisor Award in recognition of his efforts to support his students throughout the pandemic.
Albert is the current President of the UNSW Chemical Society, lead organizer of NASA Astrobiology’s Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3) Online Seminar Series, is an Assistant Director of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology and a member of the newly established UNSW RNA Institute.
Pictured below — Senior Lecturer Albert Fahrenbach alongside the UNSW logo: