Professor of Chemistry & Deputy Director of Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia, Croatian-Australian
Frances is a biophysical chemist who studies antibiotics and toxins in membranes. After the birth of her son, Frances did a BA and PhD while working full-time. Following a fellowship at NIH, she joined the University of Melbourne and became the first female Professor of Chemistry and Head of School. Frances holds senior roles in several professional societies and has organised over 40 scientific conferences, where she actively promotes the visibility of women. In 2012 she became the first female chemist elected to the Australian Academy of Science and, in 2018, was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.