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In 2009 Professor Peter Steinberg was appointed the inaugural Director and CEO of SIMS. He is concurrently Professor of Biology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and a Visiting Professor in the Singapore Centre for Life Environmental Sciences Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Professor Steinberg has brought to SIMS his extensive research and academic experience together with commercial knowledge. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow and CEO of a publically listed biotechnology company focusing on the development of novel antibacterials from marine organisms.
In 2017 he was awarded the Silver Jubilee Award of the Australian Marine
Science Association for outstanding contributions to marine science.
Professor Steinberg is a distinguished researcher who has more than 130 international publications. His research interests include seaweed ecology, diseases of marine organisms, biofouling and antifouling, bacterial biofilm biology, marine chemical ecology and marine biotechnology.
Mark Scognamiglio was appointed General Manager of SIMS in 2016, having held the role of Finance Director prior to that appointment.
Mark commenced with SIMS in 2007. As his responsibilities have been broad reaching during his nine years at the Institute, Mark brings invaluable operational and strategic knowledge to his new role as General Manager.
The SIMS Board of Directors consists of one representative from each of the four founding universities, the Director/CEO of SIMS, the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee and two independent directors.
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has senior scientists from all of the institutions associated with SIMS. The four founding universities each have three representatives on the SAC, with all of the other institutions having one representative.
It is the role of the SAC to act as an advisory committee to the Board of Directors regarding all research and educational activities that are undertaken at SIMS. The SAC is responsible for approving all research projects that take place through SIMS and works in conjunction with the General Manager to ensure that the correct equipment and facilities are available.