Debra Bernhardt (Searles) is a Group Leader and Professor in the Australian Institute for Bio engineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) and School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at The University of Queensland, and Director of the AIBN Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science. Her research program focuses on the theoretical and computational approaches to develop a fundamental understanding of the behaviour of matter and devices. She applies these approaches to a wide range of problems, particularly transport in nanoscale systems, fluctuation phenomena, design of materials, gas separation, energy storage and conversion. Debra has held research appointments at the University of Basel, Switzerland; the Australian National University; and Griffith University, where she was founding director of the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and an elected member of the European Academy of Science and Arts. In 2011, while at Griffith University, Debra was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Research Leadership. She was the recipient of the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia Medal in 2017. Debra publishes in her maiden name (Debra J. Searles).