Professor Martin Sillence

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Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Leeds)
  • Grad Cert university leadership and management (Charles Sturt University)

Research Themes

  • Nanosensors & Molecular Diagnostics

Research Program:  Equine Health and Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Pharmacology
  • Animal Physiology and Nutrition
  • Further Education

Honors and Awards

  • Vice Chancellor’s Team Award for outstanding contribution to first-year undergraduate science teaching (Queensland university of Technology, 2013)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for excellence in postgraduate research student supervision (Central Queensland University)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • The American Society of Animal Science (1992-2007)
  • Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (1991- 1996)
  • The Nutrition Society (Great Britain) (1983-86)


Martin Sillence is Academic Program Director (Science) responsible for overseeing all science courses in the Faculty. He also leads an active research group focused on animal physiology and pharmacology, with particular strengths in equine health and medicine. His degrees are in Pharmacology, Further Education, and Animal Physiology and Nutrition, all from the University of Leeds, UK. He has worked as a scientist at universities in the UK, USA and Australia, including 9 years with CSIRO and 11 years at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in NSW. In 2005, Dr Sillence began to broaden his interests to include university administration, and took a secondment to the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at CSU. In 2006 he completed a Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management, and in 2007 he accepted a position as Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science at QUT. Dr Sillence has enjoyed a diverse research career, publishing in the fields of pharmacology, forensic chemistry, endocrinology, animal science and equine science, winning a Literary Prize from the Journal of Veterinary Science in 2004 for his scientific writing and a Vice-Chancellor’s award from Central Queensland University for excellence in postgraduate student supervision. He has also served as a research consultant to major animal health companies, and has held several patents concerning the use of vaccines to improve the efficiency of food utilization in livestock. In his current role he is responsible for increasing research capacity in the animal sciences, overseeing course developments in science across the Faculty and improving industry engagement within the biological sciences discipline at QUT.

Professor Sillence has 30 years experience in research, with 20 years experience in research training and research management. He is an active researcher in the fields of veterinary and animal science. With a chief interest in animal endocrionology, growth and metabolism, Professor Sillence also has some experience in veterinary  pharmacology, physiology, immunology, chemistry, forensic science, animal behaviour and animal nutrition. As a research leader, Professor Sillence has developed some expertise in research career development, coaching and mentoring, assisting the Faculty to achieve outstanding success in research performance.

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