Professor Avril Robertson

UQ Women Create Change Ambassador 
SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN

Professor Avril Robertson 
Director of Biotechnology, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Research and Teaching Academic, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences​

“I can clearly recall the first time I took Ventolin and how much this drug benefitted my life. The thought that the research I am doing can improve the health of others is one of my primary motivations.”

Avril Robertson is a teaching and research academic at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, working in the field of drug discovery. Originally from Shetland, Scotland, Avril suffered from severe Asthma as a child, and attributes the difference Ventolin made to her life and the desire to improve the health of others as the reason she pursued a career in drug discovery.

After initially struggling at school due to missed days, Avril found a passion for science, in particular chemistry, and was encouraged by one of her high school teachers. She went on to complete a Masters in Chemistry with Industry gaining first class honours, finishing at the top of her class with five chemistry prizes.

After very successful completion of her Ph. D., Avril spent 10 years working in various industrial chemistry and drug discovery roles before moving to Australia from the UK to pursue both research and teaching at UQ.

“I missed much of my early education due to severe asthma and was not confident in my academic ability. I started high school with low expectations, but found a new interest in science and went on to complete a Master of Chemistry with Industry gaining first class honours, finishing at the top of my class with five chemistry prizes.”

Qualifications:

Australian Higher Education Leadership Certificate – National Excellence in Education in Leadership Initiative

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education – The University of Queensland

Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education – University of Dundee

PhD Bio-organic Chemistry – University of St. Andrews

Master in Chemistry with Industrial Placement – University of St. Andrews