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Biographical entry Crossley, Merlin

Molecular biologist and University Administrator


Merlin Crossley is a molecular biologist whose research is in human genetic diseases and mechanisms of gene regulation. He in known for his identification and cloning of significant number of genes encoding DNA-binding proteins and their associated co-regulators. Crossley was Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Sydney before moving to the University of New South Wales, being Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic from 2016. He has served in an advisory or executive capacity for a number of scientific organisations including as Trustee of the Australian Museum from 2012 and a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Australian Astronomical Observatory from 2017.



Education - BSc (hons), University of Melbourne
1987 - 1990
Award - Rhodes Scholarship
Education - DPhil, University of Oxford
1990 - 1991
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford
1991 - 1995
Career position - Postdoctoral Researcher, Dana Farber Cancer Centre, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1995 - 1997
Career position - Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University of Sydney
1998 - 2002
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University of Sydney
Award - Roche Molecular Biochemicals Medal, Australian Society for Biochemical and Molecular Biology
Award - Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
2000 - 2004
Career position - Secretary, Australian Society for Biochemical and Molecular Biology
2002 -
Career position - Member, International Scientific Committee, Asian Conference on Transcription
Award - Gottschalk Medal, Australian Academy of Science
2002 - 2004
Career position - Associate Professor, School of Molecular and Microbiological Biosciences, University of Sydney
Career position - Acting Dean of Science, University of Sydney
Career position - Director of Research, College of Sciences and Technology, University of Sydney
2005 - 2009
Career position - Professor of Molecular Genetics, University of Sydney
Career position - Chair, Biochemistry Panel, National Health and Medical Research Council Project grant Review Panels
2006 - 2008
Career position - Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney
2010 -
Career position - Professor and Dean of Science, University of New South Wales
Award - Julian Wells Medal, Lorne Genome Conference
2010 - 2017
Career position - Member of the Board, Sydney Institute of Marine Science
2011 -
Career position - Member of the Board, New South Innovations
2011 - 2015
Career position - Member of Council, European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia Council
2012 -
Career position - Trustee, Australian Museum
2013 -
Career position - Deputy Chair, Board, Australian Science Media Centre
2014 -
Career position - Fellow, Queen's College, Melbourne
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
2016 -
Career position - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, University of New South Wales
2017 -
Career position - Member, Advisory Committee, Australian Astronomical Observatory

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  • Robson, Alexandra K., Production Manager and Editor, Who's who in Australia 2019 (Southbank, Vic.: AAP Directories, 2018), 1788 pp. Details

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