Personal details

Professor Martin Sillence
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Biology & Environmental Science
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - CDA
Discipline *
Animal Production, Veterinary Sciences
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PhD (University of Leeds), Grad Cert university leadership and management (Charles Sturt University)


Endocrinology, Equine, Forensic, Hormones, Insulin, Laminitis, Livestock, Metabolism, Nutrition, Pharmacology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


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 2000 Dr Sillence was promoted to a personal research chair at CSU and became the leader of a vaccine research centre. 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. After 5 years in this role Dr Sillence moved to a new position to lead the development of Biological Sciences 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.

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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 three recent projects @ $1.3 million concerning laminitis, the pharmacokinetics of equine medications and metabolic syndrome. Professor Sillence has held four provisional patents and produced more than 80 refereed publications. One of his papers concerning equine laminitis has achieved a higher citation rate than any paper on this topic published in the past 15 years.   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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Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Determining Reliable Excretion Times for Therapeutic Drugs in Horses
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Veterinary; Pharmacology; Drugs; Forensics; Horses