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Professor Kieran Harvey holds dual appointments at Monash University and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac). At Monash he runs a laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology and at Peter Mac, he leads the Organogenesis and Cancer Program.

Kieran’s laboratory studies organ size control during development, using Drosophila, and how signalling pathways that control organ size are deregulated in human cancer. In particular his group focuses on the newly described Hippo tumour suppressor pathway, which he helped to discover in Prof. Iswar Hariharan’s laboratory in 2002.

Kieran performed Doctoral studies with Prof. Sharad Kumar (Hanson Institute, Adelaide), and postdoctoral studies with Prof. Iswar Hariharan (Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical Center and University of California, Berkeley). In 2006, Kieran established an independent laboratory at Peter Mac and in 2017 also joined Monash University. 

External positions

Group Leader, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Research area keywords

  • Signalling pathways
  • Drosophila
  • organogenesis

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Projects 2018 2021

How do neurons maintain their fate?

Harvey, K., Schroeder, J. & Cheng, L.


Project: Research

Research Output 1997 2019

Somatic hypermutation of the YAP oncogene in a human cutaneous melanoma

Zhang, X., Tang, J. Z., Vergara, I. A., Zhang, Y., Szeto, P., Yang, L., Mintoff, C., Colebatch, A., McIntosh, L., Mitchell, K. A., Shaw, E., Rizos, H., Long, G. V., Hayward, N., McArthur, G. A., Papenfuss, A. T., Harvey, K. F. & Shackleton, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Molecular Cancer Research. 17, 7, p. 1435-1449 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The dPix-Git complex is essential to coordinate epithelial morphogenesis and regulate myosin during Drosophila egg chamber development

Dent, L. G., Manning, S. A., Kroeger, B., Williams, A. M., Saiful Hilmi, A. J., Crea, L., Kondo, S., Horne-Badovinac, S. & Harvey, K. F., 22 May 2019, In : PLoS Genetics. 15, 5, 31 p., e1008083.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

A Hippo-like Signaling Pathway Controls Tracheal Morphogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster

Poon, C. L. C., Liu, W., Song, Y., Gomez, M., Kulaberoglu, Y., Zhang, X., Xu, W., Veraksa, A., Hergovich, A., Ghabrial, A. & Harvey, K. F., 3 Dec 2018, In : Developmental Cell. 47, 5, p. 564-575 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)

Dynamic Fluctuations in Subcellular Localization of the Hippo Pathway Effector Yorkie In Vivo

Manning, S. A., Dent, L. G., Kondo, S., Zhao, Z. W., Plachta, N. & Harvey, K. F., 21 May 2018, In : Current Biology. 28, 10, p. 1651-1660 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

The Scalloped and Nerfin-1 Transcription Factors Cooperate to Maintain Neuronal Cell Fate

Vissers, J. H. A., Froldi, F., Schroder, J., Papenfuss, A. T., Cheng, L. Y. & Harvey, K. F., 6 Nov 2018, In : Cell Reports. 25, 6, p. 1561-1576 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access