Our Executive

Aims and Objectives

The Australasian Chronobiology Society (ACS) was founded in early 2004, and aims to generate and discuss research in all areas of Chronobiology, including both animal and human work to examine specific areas such as sleep and circadian biology in Australia and New Zealand.

Research conducted by ACS members encompasses human, animal and genetic work, and includes:

  • definition of mechanisms by which environment and internal biological timing systems together modulate cellular functions
  • elucidation of the mechanisms by which circadian rhythm disruption alters human organ functions
  • identification of the mechanisms by which nocturnal activity/eating increases risk of diseases such as metabolic syndrome and cancer
  • identification of potential opportunities for intervention to eliminate or reduce the risk of circadian rhythm disruption

Executive Comittee


President – Dr Sean Cain

Sean Cain is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne


Treasurer – Dr Melinda Jackson

Melinda Jackson is a VC Research Fellow and NHMRC Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne


Professor Sally Ferguson

Sally Ferguson is the Deputy Dean of Research in the School of Human Health and Social Sciences at CQUniversity Adelaide.


Professor Gerard Kennedy

Professor Gerard Kennedy is a professor of clinical psychology in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University.


Dr. Greg Willis

Dr. Gregory Willis is the Director and the Head of Neurosciences at the Bronowski Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience at Kyneton, Victoria


Dr Oliver Rawashdeh 

Dr. Rawashdeh recently joined the University of Queensland from Germany (The University of Frankfurt) as the Leader of the Chronobiology Lab.

Guy Warman

Associate Professor Guy Warman

Assoc. Professor Warman is the Deputy head of the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Dr. James Cheeseman

Dr. Cheeseman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Dr. Andrew Phillips

Dr. Phillips is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University