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Warm congratulations to Hot List duo

Bond University Associate Professors Lotti Tajouri and Christian Moro have been included on The Educator's 2020 Higher Education Hot List.

Dr Tajouri is one of Australia's top researchers in molecular genetics who has found mobile phones could be ‘Trojan horses’ for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

His recent scoping review of 56 studies from 24 countries found golden staph and E. Coli microbes were among the most common bugs on phones.

His work went “viral” with more than 500 media mentions worldwide, featuring in Newsweek, the New York Post, Forbes and on network television in Australia.

“Knowledge and scientific research are my passions,” Dr Tajouri said. “My teaching style is a mix of a warm personality and these passions.

“Teaching is a dynamic exchange of the teacher’s experience with the uppermost student’s expectations.

“Every day in class, my students palpate what the scientific workplace looks like - an exciting place of excellence.”

Dr Moro is one of Australia’s most-awarded physiology educators, and the Science and Scholarship Theme Lead of the Bond University Medical Program.

He has developed and incorporated a range of technological tools to enhance student learning, including holograms, serious games, and augmented reality.

“Traditionally, health education has been overly focussed on rote learning from textbooks, but that’s no longer the case and remote learning due to the pandemic is accelerating the change,” Dr Moro said.

“I’m particularly interested in the use of gamification to assist students in the uptake of knowledge.”

Dr Moro is the recent recipient of an Australian Teaching Excellence Award (AAUT & Universities Australia), a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Australian Government’s AOLT) an Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award, an ASCILITE Innovation Award and the Physiological Society’s International David Jordan Teaching Award (United Kingdom).

He was also recently shortlisted for this year's Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards in the category of Prescence Learning & Teaching for developing technology-enhanced learning resources to positively impact student learning, engagement, and achievement in health sciences and medicine. 

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