A/PROF Jeff Craig

A/PROF Jeff Craig


  • Epigenetics (twins, cardiovascular disease, neurodevelopment, paediatrics)



  • Dr Jeff Craig leads the Early Life Genetics group at the Murdoch Childrens and Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. He is a geneticist and cell biologist with over twenty years experience in all aspects of epigenetics including gene regulation and chromosome structure and function. His current work focuses on the development of epigenetic biomarkers (1) reflecting for past environment and (2) predicting future disease risk with a focus on cardiovascular disease and neurodevelopment. Dr Craig, together with his MCRI colleagues, is at the forefront of genome-wide epigenetic analysis. He has experience in establishing longitudinal cohorts including the Peri/postnatal Epigenetic Twins Study (PETS). He also leads the epigenetic analysis in the AQUA study of the effects of maternal alcohol consumption on health of the offspring and has collaborative projects on preterm birth, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder. Dr Craig is also an internationally recognised expert on twins and works closely with the Australian Twin Registry. He has 81 per-reviewed publications, with an h-index of 24 and has published in journals such as Nature Genetics (3x) and Genome Research (3x). In the past six years he has supervised two Clinical Fellows, two international Postdocs, seven Honours students, 6 PhD students and 3 Masters students. Jeff is also a passionate science communicator and a regular panellist on Radio 3RRR's Einstein-A-GoGo science show.   


Member of

  • Human Genetics Society of Australia (HGSA). Member 2009 -
  • Epigenome Network of Excellence. Member 2008 -
  • Genome Society. Member 2008 -
  • International Society for Twin Studies. Member 2008 -
  • Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. Member 2008 -
  • The Australian Epigenome Alliance. Founder/Member 2008 -
  • The Epigenetics Society. Member 2008 -
  • The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. Member 2006 -
  • Australian Science Communicators. Committee member 2004 -
  • Genetic Support Network Victoria. Member - committee member 03-05 2002 -
  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR). Member. Research Week Committee member 2001-05, Chair Careers Subcommitte 2002-05 2001 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Dr Craig has had continuous grant funding from the Australian NHMRC 2003 and has been awarded >$7m funding, mostly as an NHMRC Chief Investigator and including $2m as a Chief Investigator from other sources. He is currently funded by the MHMRC, MCRI, Financial Markets Foundation For Children, and The Jack Brockhoff Foundation.



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Manchester 1995
  • B.Sc. (Hons), The University of Manchester 1987

Awards and honors

  • Genetic Support Network Victoria Art of Education Award, Genetic Support Netwrok Victoria, 2006
  • Eppendorf Award for the Young Australian Researcher, Lorne Genome Conference, 2006
  • Commendation ASMR AMGEN Medical Researcher Award, ASMR, 2005
  • NHMRC RD Wright Career Development Award, NHMRC, 2005
  • Beit memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, Beit Memorial, 1997



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Craig currently supervises four PhD students working on projects including epigenetic analysis associated with twins, childhood idiopathic arthritis, childhood leukaemia and neuroimaging. he is currently supervising an Honours student working on the AQUA maternal alcohol cohort and a Masters Of Genetics Couselling student working on the future applications of epigenetic technology.
    Although he has no current opportunities for students, he welcomes informal inquiries for sufficiently motivated students and Postdocs.