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Dr David Beale

Senior Research Scientist, Adjunct Associate Professor of RMIT University


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Adjunct A/Professor Beale is a senior research scientist in the Industrial Environments (IE) research program in the Environment Business Unit and an accredited postgraduate supervisor at RMIT University and Swinburne University of Technology, where he delivers research outcomes and creates impact in the area of environmental applications of functional omics (i.e., proteomics, lipidomics and metabolomics) coupled with traditional contaminant analysis. David is a project leader who develops high-throughput tools for detecting, quantifying and tracking contaminants in the environment and assessing their biological impact using omics-based tools and techniques. Such an approach has enabled David to identify and quantify anthropogenic impacts and characterise biological systems and natural ecosystems in terms of their robustness and resilience. David has been able to transfer these tools and approaches to industrial and clinical applications outside his field of expertise, growing his reputation as a science leader with an emerging national and international profile in metabolomics and omics-based research. He is impact-focused, concentrating effort on areas where there is a high likelihood of technology uptake by external stakeholders

Current Roles

  • Science domain leader, Environmental Metabolomics and Systems Biology Integration.
    Systems biology-based approaches to assess microbial contributions to natural and engineered environments.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2011

    PhD (Analytical Chemistry)
    RMIT University

  • 2003

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) (Honours)
    RMIT University

  • 2002

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science)
    RMIT University

Professional Experiences

  • 2017-Current

    Visiting Scholar
    University of Queensland

  • 2015-Current

    Adjunct Senior Lecturer
    University of the Sunshine Coast

  • 2013-Current

    Adjunct Fellow and Accredited Postgraduate Supervisor
    Swinburne University of Technology

  • 2012-2012

    Adjunct Fellow
    RMIT University

  • 2012-2012

    Visiting Scholar
    Umeå University, Sweden

  • 2013-2020

    Associate Editor
    Water Science and Technology

  • 2013-2020

    Associate Editor
    WST: Water Supply

  • 2017-Current

    Organising Committee
    The Australian & New Zealand Metabolomics Conference (ANZMET

  • 2020-Current

    Section Editor; Environmental Metabolomics
    MDPI Metabolites (International Metabolomics society Journal)

  • 2019-Current

    Vice President
    Australian and New Zealand Metabolomics Network

  • 2018-Current

    Accredited Postgraduate Supervisor
    RMIT University

  • 2021-Current

    Adjunct Associate Professor
    RMIT University

Other highlights

  • 2004-2004

    CRC for Water Quality and Treatment Summer Scholarship (Seminar Prize)

  • 2008-2011

    CRC for Water Quality and Treatment Post-graduate Scholarship

  • 2013-2013

    Victorian State Finalist in "Fresh Scientist" award

  • 2007-2008

    Young Achievement Australia Entrepreneurship Program

  • 2012-2012

    Keynote speaker at the Australian Corrosion Association (ACA) symposium on Microbiological Influenced Corrosion

  • 2018-2018

    Invited speaker at the Queensland Mass Spectrometry symposium, QUT Brisbane.

  • 2019-2019

    Invited speaker at the Singapore Merlion Metabolomics Symposium, NTU Singapore.

  • 2018-2018

    Invited speaker at the Agilent Food and Environment Mass Spectrometry Symposium, Brisbane.


  • 2011-2013

    Water Asset Reliability, Water Services Association of Australia.

  • 2011-2013

    Water Asset Management, The Water Environment Research Foundation.

  • 2013-2014

    Methane sampling and analysis in wastewater at the Western Treatment Plant. Smart Water Fund.

  • 2014-2015

    Rapid Detection of meat pathogens using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and Metabolomics. Funded by the The Australian Meat Processor Corporation

  • 2017-2021

    CSIRO Research+ CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (investigating "The gut pathogen interactome" [Dr Avinash Karpe]).

  • 2018-2022

    CSIRO Research+ CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (investigating "Total systems biology approaches to ecosystem health" [Dr Katie Hillyer])

  • 2020-2021

    Cutting-edge Symposium on Integrated Systems Biology: Challenges and Future Perspectives.

  • 2020-2024

    CSIRO Julius Career Development Grant (Systems Biology).

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2015-2019

    Laboratory Custodian (Metabolomics Lab), Ecoscience Precinct Dutton Park

  • 2015-2019

    Site Chemical Safety Officer, Ecoscience Precinct Dutton Park

  • 2019-2022

    CSIRO Land & Water Science Council, Chair.

  • 2017-2019

    Site First Aid Officer, Ecoscience Precinct Dutton Park

  • 2019-Current

    Site Land & Water representative, Ecoscience Precinct Dutton Park.

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