Meet the Team


Ed Newbigin
Assoc. Professor Ed Newbigin
Co-ordinator of the Melbourne Pollen Count
Associate Professor Newbigin is a plant biologist in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne with nearly 30 years research experience in the areas of the cellular and molecular biology of plants. As coordinator of the Melbourne pollen count since 1997, he has been instrumental in delivering an important community service to Melbourne’s allergy sufferers, providing them with resources and information about the impact of grass pollen on human health. Through his work with community groups and as a member of cross-disciplinary groups of researchers, he has contributed significantly to raising the profile of aerobiology in Australia.

Ed Lampugnani
Dr Edwin R. Lampugnani
Project manager and postdoctoral researcher
Edwin Lampugnani completed his PhD at Monash University (Australia) in the field of developmental plant genetics and is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. Edwin's expertise lies in cell and molecular biology however, he is also interested in how citizen science can contribute to research outcomes. Edwin has been a part of the Melbourne Pollen Count team since 2011 and has played a central role in developing the infrastructure utilised by the team. Edwin is using citizen science to better understand how changes in environmental factors, including airborne pollen levels, affect peoples’ hay fever and asthma symptoms.

Jeremy Silver
Dr Jeremy Silver
Postdoctoral researcher
Jeremy Silver studied applied mathematics and statistics at the University of Melbourne, worked in biostatistics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and then did a PhD in atmospheric modelling at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is currently a MacKenzie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne. Jeremy is developing a model for emissions, atmospheric transport and deposition of grass pollen in Australia. Jeremy's research addresses applications of satellite remote sensing for understanding emissions of pollen. Jeremy is interested in air quality modelling more generally and is involved with the National Environmental Science Programme's Clean Air and Urban Landscapes hub.

Usha Nattala
Usha Nattala
Senior Software Developer
Usha is a senior software developer with over a decade of experience across multiple technology stacks. She did her Master of Computing (Computer Science) from the National University of Singapore and Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai, and then worked internationally across a range of industries in cutting-edge (sometimes bleeding-edge) one-of-their-kind projects. Specializing in application development, data science, data modelling and visualization, and math-intensive programming, she quite enjoys the process of bringing to life the ideas of the best and brightest minds of our generation.

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Ryan Lindsay
Senior Infrastructure Admin
Ryan Lindsay studied Software Engineering at Napier University in Edinburgh and completed his Masters in Information Technology at Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He spent 11 years working in Industry both in the UK and in Australia for companies like Panasonic and Motorola. Over the last 8 years he has spent his time working in various Information Technology Research fields for The University of Melbourne. He has interests in many areas of technology, including physical computing, embedded systems, big data, machine learning and web technologies. He has a particular interest in the Melbourne Pollen Count as he has been a lifelong asthma sufferer and has an allergen response to most airborne pollen.