Dr Robert (Bob) Anderson

Dr Robert Anderson1997 NHMRC / RG Menzies Fellow

Dr Anderson completed his NHMRC/RG Menzies post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, where he first started to focus on the immunology of coeliac disease and defining the disease-causing components of gluten. During the subsequent years his work has led to a detailed understanding of the immune response to gluten in patients with coeliac disease. The therapeutic vaccine for coeliac disease, Nexvax2®, now in clinical development led by ImmusanT, Inc. in the United States, arose directly from Dr Anderson’s research in Oxford and later at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

Dr Anderson is an internationally recognised leader in coeliac disease. He initiated highly successful medical awareness programs to improve standards of care in coeliac disease in Australia, founding the Australia New Zealand Coeliac Research Fund and establishing dedicated clinics for coeliac disease in the Departments of Gastroenterology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Alfred Hospital.

Prior to relocating to the United States in 2012 as Chief Scientific Officer of biotech company ImmusanT, Dr Anderson was a Laboratory Head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and the gastroenterologist in charge of the Coeliac Disease Clinic at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

Dr Anderson holds degrees in medicine and medical science, and a doctorate in experimental medicine in the field of innate immunity and digestive disease, all from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dr Peter Arkwright

Pewter Arkwright

1985 Menzies Scholar in Medicine

Other awards and achievements
1983: R T Hall Prize in Cardiology
1984: Helen Jane Lamond Prize in Medicine
1987: Freeman of the City of London
1988-92: Beit Memorial Fellowship for Medical Research

Dr Josephine Barbaro

barbaro 2008

2006 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Josephine Barbaro holds the degree of Bachelor of Behavioural Science from La Trobe University.
Josie's PhD project entitled "Prospective Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Infancy: The Social Attention and Communication Study" was carried out at La Trobe University.

Dr Clare Barnett

Dr Clare Barnett

2008 Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship to Harvard University

Dr Clare Barnett is a medical resident in neonatal services at Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Clare is a graduate of Monash University and will undertake a Masters of Public Health in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Dr Jacqueline Barrett

Dr Jacqueline Barrett

2006 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Dr Jacqueline Barrett holds the degree of Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Deakin University and Bachelor of Science (Biomed) from Monash University. Jaci's PhD project entitled "The Role of FODMAPs in Gastrointestinal Disease" was carried out at Monash University.


Hon Justice Andrew Beech

Hon Justice Andrew Beech 1986 Menzies Scholar in Law

Other awards and achievements
FE Parsons Memorial Prize for outstanding graduand in law
B Juris (Hons), LLB (Hons) UWA, Bachelor of Civil Laws (Oxon)
Current positions
Justice, Supreme Court Western Australia, June 2007
Visiting Fellow, University of Western Australia Law School, since 1997

Sarah Beshar

Sarah Beshar1982 Menzies Scholar in Law

In 1982, I had the great honour of being the first Menzies Scholar in Law. I grew up in Perth and completed the two-year BCL at Magdalen College in Oxford in 1984.

After a brief time in London at Freshfields, I joined Davis, Polk & Wardwell, an old Wall Street law firm. I became a partner in 1994 specializing in corporate finance, with a particular emphasis on initial public offerings of securities and corporate transactions by retailers. In addition, I manage our corporate finance group which numbers over 80 lawyers and have responsibility for the lawyers in our foreign offices. Worldwide, we are always looking for smart, talented young lawyers.

I live just outside New York City in a leafy, green suburb on Long Island Sound. I am married to a New Yorker, and we have three children. Although my job and family keep me firmly tied to New York, we enjoy our annual visits to Australia and our residence in Perth overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Dr Oren Bigos

bigos photo2002 Menzies Scholar in Law


BCom, Monash
LLB (Hons I), Monash
BCL (Dist) and MPhil, Oxford
DPhil, Oxford - doctoral thesis was on the Conflict of Laws.

Current positions

Barrister, Victorian Bar (since 2007) - practising primarily in corporate and commercial law.  Particular experience in banking and finance, insolvency, corporations, equity and trusts, and property.

Oren is also consulting editor of the Federal Court Reports and the Federal Law Reports, and general editor of the Corporations Law Case Analyser.  He is the current author of the 'Securities' and 'Consumer Finance' subtitles of The Laws of Australia.

Dr David Bond

Dr David Bond

1994 Menzies Scholar in Engineering

I grew up in the small country Victorian dairy farming town of Panmure, about 250km west of Melbourne. I joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on completion of my secondary education and moved to Canberra as an engineering cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy. After military graduation in 1990, I completed my aeronautical engineering bachelors degree at the University of Sydney in 1991 (University Medallist).

David Bowly

David Bowly2014 Menzies Scholar in Engineering

David holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Monash University with First Class Honours and the John Monash medal.
David currently works as a Rotating Equipment Engineer at Esso in Melbourne and has a particular interest in two aspects of engineering: renewable power generation, and education within the profession – enabling young engineers to learn from the experiences of those who are older and wiser.

David will undertake a Master of Philosophy in Energy Technologies at Cambridge University, commencing in October 2014 for one year.

David Boyd

David Boyd2014 Robert Gordon Menzies Scholarship to Harvard University

David has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney, with First Class Honours and the University Medal. He has worked for state and federal education ministers as an adviser on programs to improve school quality in disadvantaged communities, working particularly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and their schools. He has also worked in education policy in Brazil.

David is undertaking a Master's program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His interest is system-level best practice in overcoming the obstacles to academic success that are created by poverty and social exclusion.