Salis Institute

The Salis Institute was founded by Amanda and Zubeyir Salis in January 2019.

The institute mission is to furnish emerging researchers with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential for a career involving research.

Amanda and Zubeyir have a combined total of over 50 years’ experience in research and technology. Having been applauded for their mentoring by people within their own teams, their mentoring was often sought by people outside their immediate teams. This led them to develop a series of popular workshops and ‘brown bag’ sessions to develop workforce capacity, which they have provided regularly since 2010. In light of the success of these events, they decided to make their expert mentoring available to researchers around Australia and the world; hence the Salis Institute was born.

The funds generated by the Salis Institute are used to provide grants and infrastructure to support the best and brightest researchers.

By teaching proven, step-by-step strategies to prepare and write essential research outputs (e.g. publishable research papers, successful applications for research funding), and by providing grants for promising researchers, the Salis Institute strives to enable talented researchers from around the world to lead innovative research that improves lives.

Prof. Amanda Salis


With a PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Western Australia, Amanda Salis is a full-time academic researcher.

Her research expertise spans fundamental research with cell cultures, transgenic mice and rats, to systematic reviews and meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials in adults, qualitative research, and public health research using linked data.

Her in-depth knowledge of strategies for research success comes from having been continuously funded by competitive scholarships, grants and fellowships since 1991, including her current Senior Research Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, and from her 180+ peer-reviewed papers published in international journals, including Cell Metabolism, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Diabetes, Nature Medicine, Genes and Development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Click here for a list of her funding and publications (she publishes under her maiden name of Sainsbury).

Amanda has been the primary supervisor for over 16 students who have successfully completed research degrees (7 PhD students, 4 Masters by Research students, and 5 undergraduate Honours students), and she has directly mentored over 15 early-career and middle-career researchers in the preparation and writing of winning funding applications. Moreover, she has taught over 4,000 research trainees in her live research training events since 2010.