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Professor Peter Currie is a world-renowned developmental evolutionary and stem cell biologist who studies the genetic basis of skeletal muscle stem cell action during development, evolution, regeneration and disease. His key discoveries utilise several models, chiefly the zebrafish, to define the genetic and evolutionary basis for muscle formation and growth throughout vertebrate phylogeny. Prof Currie has played a key role globally in developing zebrafish as a disease model for human muscle disease and regeneration biology. He has also been instrumental in establishing shark embryology as a modern evolutionary paradigm to understand the evolutionary origins of the vertebrate body plan.

In 2016, Professor Peter Currie was appointed Director of Research of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a recipient of a European Molecular Biology Organization Young Investigators Award and a Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship and currently is a Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia and an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.


Research interests

  • Dissecting molecular mechanisms that act to pattern the vertebrate embryo.
  • Discovering how specific muscle cell types are determined within the developing embryo.
  • Discovering how different muscle cell types have evolved. 
  • Determining how muscle cell types grow and regenerate after injury.
  • Large-sale mutagenesis of the zebrafish genome to produce different classes of mutations which disrupt gene function.

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
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research area keywords

  • muscle development and disease

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