New Dean appointed to School of Science

Western Sydney University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Eileen McLaughlin as the new Dean of the School of Science.

Professor McLaughlin is an internationally recognised reproductive and developmental biologist. Her research is multi-disciplinary, with applications ranging from male and female infertility, the development of biosecurity agents, and novel contraceptives for use in domesticated, feral and exotic animals. She brings extensive leadership experience, having served as Executive Dean, Science and Technology at the University of Canberra, Director of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, Acting Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Western Sydney University, welcomed and congratulated Professor McLaughlin on her appointment.

“Professor McLaughlin’s extensive research and leadership experience will greatly benefit the School of Science, as will her enthusiasm for the use of applied science and education to solve real-world problems,” said Professor Kirkpatrick.

“In her role as Dean, she will ensure Western Sydney University remains at the forefront of advanced agriculture, bioengineering, environmental remediation, biosecurity, forensic chemistry, and precision medicine.”

Professor McLaughlin is delighted to join the School of Science and said: “In particular, I look forward to the School playing a major role in building a sustainable future for Greater Western Sydney, one of the fastest-growing economies in Australia.”

Professor McLaughlin commences on 4 November 2019 and will be based at the University’s Hawkesbury campus.


15 October 2019

Media Unit