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1993 …2023

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Mike is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research at Monash University. He also heads the Mitochondrial Biology and Disease Laboratory in the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute. Mike joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2014 and served as Deputy Dean (Research and Research Infrastructure) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences before becoming Academic Director Research Infrastructure. Before this he was Head of the Department of Biochemistry at La Trobe University. Mike's research focuses on mitochondrial biology and disease. After undertaking his PhD on molecular chaperones with Peter Hoj (La Trobe/Adelaide), Mike joined the group of Klaus Pfanner (University of Freiburg, Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow (1997-1999) where he studied protein import mechanisms. His group now uses a variety of techniques including gene editing, proteomics and mouse models to investgate and characterise the gene products involved in mitochondrial disease and dynamics.

Mike was President of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He sits on a variety of university committees and external bodies inlcuding the Scientific and Medical Advisory Panel for the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF), Research Grants panels for the International Human Frontiers Science Program Organisation and board memberships. His work is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council, MRFF and the AMDF.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Mitochondria
  • mitochondrial disease
  • mitochondrial dynamics
  • mitochondrial fission
  • complex I
  • mitochondria
  • gene-edting
  • leigh syndrome
  • CRISPR Cas9
  • proteomics
  • metabolism

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