About

Prof N M Nakata is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Strategy at James Cook University. He is a Torres Strait Islander, holds a PhD in Education, and is recognised internationally as one of the leading Indigenous academics in Australia. He is widely published in national andinternational academic journals, anthologies and books on Indigenous educational matters. His research work in the higher education sector to improve outcomes for Indigenous students spans almost four decades, and he has been invited to and delivered keynote addresses on his ongoing work to professional associations in over twenty countries. His current ARC-funded study of improvements to Indigenous STEM education in schools will have bearing on the shape of Indigenous STEM education in the future.

Teaching
  • IA3030: Navigating the Cultural Interface (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
Research Disciplines
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Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Prof Martin Nakata from 2001 onwards.

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Australian Research Council - Centres of Excellence

ARC Centre of Excellence of Australian Origins and Transformations

Indicative Funding
$4,914,000 over 7 years (administered by University of Wollongong)
Summary
This Centre will create a world-class interdisciplinary research programme to understand Australia's unique biodiversity and heritage. The Centre will track the changes to Australia's environment to examine the processes responsible for the changes and the lessons that can be used to continue to adapt to Australia's changing environment. The Centre will support connections between the sciences and humanities and train future generations of researchers to deal with future global challenges and inform policy in an interdisciplinary context.
Investigators
Richard Roberts, Susan O'Connor, Jennie Lawson, Zenobia Jacobs, Timothy Cohen, Simon Haberle, Michael Bird, Sean Ulm, Chris Turney, Martin Nakata, Darren Curnoe, Alan Cooper, Corey Bradshaw, Laura Weyrich, Bruno David, Lynette Russell, Barry Brook and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Brit Asmussen, Geraldine Mate, Robin Torrence, Michael Slack, Jean-Jacques Delannoy, Matthew Leavesley, Stephan Stephan and Michael Storey (University of Wollongong, Australian National University, College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, Society & Education, The University of New South Wales, Indigenous Education & Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Monash University, University of Tasmania, Queensland Museum, Australian Museum, Scarp Archaeology Pty Ltd, Universite de Savoie, University of Papua New Guinea, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and Natural History Museum of Denmark)
Keywords
Sahul; palaeoenvironments; Climate; archaeology; megafauna

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Contract Research

Genomics of lung cancer in Indigenous people of North Queensland

Indicative Funding
$50,000
Summary
Cancer genomic profiling is a major determinant of chemotherapy selection for non-small cell lung cancer and is widely used internationally. Indigenous genomes carry ~10X more uncharacterised DNA sequence variation than people of European heritage. THHS is currently trialling the use of whole exome sequencing, instead of the existing 4 gene panel, to base choice of targeted therapies in lung cancer. This creates an opportunity to study whether the cancer-associated variation currently being used to select therapies is adequate, and if not, these data will form the foundation for an NHMRC funding application to identify improved markers.
Investigators
Alan Baxter, Sabe Sabesan, Martin Nakata, Margaret Jordan, Justin Lee and Letitia Smith in collaboration with Matt Brown and Trevor Prior (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Townsville Hospital and Health Services, Indigenous Education & Research Centre and Queensland University of Technology)
Keywords
Cancer; Non-small cell lung cancer; Genomics; Whole exome sequencing; Indigenous health care; Closing The Gap
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • A Synchronic Study of the Torres Strait Islander Student Achievement levels in Literacy and Numeracy (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Best practice and cultural appropriateness: Governance of the Torres Strait fisheries into the future. (PhD , External Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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