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
Research Data Specialist
Usha is a software developer with over a decade of experience across multiple technology stacks. She did her Masters of Computing (Computer Science) from the National University of Singapore 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. Usha works at the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform.

Dr Uli Felzmann
Manager, Science IT, Faculty of Science
Uli Felzmann studied physics, medical physics and computer science at The University of Heidelberg (Germany). After some years at CERN, where Uli investigated the potential of heavy Higgs boson discoveries at the LHC, he obtained a PhD from The University of Karlsruhe (Germany) in Experimental Particle Physics. After moving into Research Computing, Uli worked for several years at the Australian Synchrotron, leading the Scientific Computing & IT Team and developing new capabilities to analysis big Xray datasets in real-time. Uli’s interests are in quantitive science, data science and open source. Uli has been working for the Faculty of Science since 2016 and involved in the Pollen Forecasting project since 2017.

Melissa Makin
Dr Melissa Makin
Senior Software Developer, Science IT, Faculty of Science
Melissa Makin completed her PhD in quantum physics and MSc in particle physics at the University of Melbourne. She has been employed as a software developer since 2017, and works with people across the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Science to help realise their IT projects. This has included projects in chemistry, climate change science, botany, physics, mathematics, and epidemiology amongst others. She has been involved in the Pollen Forecasting project since 2019.

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Chris Stroud, Robert Sturrock, Baybars Tetik
Infrastructure Services, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
The Unix Services team provides operational service delivery of the technology infrastructure behind the Pollen Count and Forecast websites across the several states.

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Digital & Online Channels
University of Melbourne
The Digital & Online Channels were responsible for the Visual Design of the series of Pollen Count and Forecast websites across the several states. The Digital & Online Channels team provides governance across the University's websites to enhance the overall digital experience.