Professor Pat Buckley is Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of South Australia. She received her Bachelor and PhD degrees in Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her earlier research career focused on how early postnatal experience and childcare practices affect the developing physiology of infants. She has also led nationally funded research into improving science education in universities.
More recently, Professor Buckley has been Director of the Sansom Institute for Medical Research, and Dean Research & Research Education in the Division of Health Sciences at UniSA. She also leads researcher development across the university, and works closely with staff and students to enhance their research capacity.