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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


  • Signalling pathways
  • Drosophila
  • organogenesis

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Projects 2019 2021

Research Output 1997 2018

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.

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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

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

Regulation of tissue growth by the mammalian Hippo signaling pathway

Watt, K., Harvey, K. F. & Gregorevic, P., 24 Nov 2017, In : Frontiers in Physiology. 8, 12 p., 942.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

A Drosophila RNAi library modulates Hippo pathway-dependent tissue growth

Vissers, J. H. A., Manning, S. A., Kulkarni, A. & Harvey, K. F., 13 Jan 2016, In : Nature Communications. 7, 6 p., 10368.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access