A/PROF Rachel Davey

A/PROF Rachel Davey


  • Androgen action in bone, fat, muscle and the brain (androgens, testosterone, androgen receptor, physiology, musculoaskeletal, bone histomorphometry,)
  • Genetically modified animal models as tools for research in endocrinology (genetically modified animal models, transgenics, knockouts, androgen receptor, calcitonin receptor)
  • The physiological role of calcitonin (calcitonin, calcitonin receptor, physiology, hypercalcaemia, calcium homeostasis)



  • Associate Professor Rachel Davey completed her PhD in Physiology at The University of Adelaide in 1998, studying the effects of estrogens and androgens on bone cell metabolism. Associate Professor Davey is currently Head of the Molecular Endocrinology and Musculoskeletal Research Group in the Department of Medicine, Austin Health at the University of Melbourne.

    Associate Professor Davey’s research uses the combination of physiology and novel genetically modified mouse models to provide significant insight into the cellular and molecular pathways through which hormones act. Knowledge gained from our research will help build Australia’s health research skills and has potential for the development of improved therapies for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoporosis and sarcopenia.

    In recognition of her research and teaching achievements, she was the first Australian to be awarded the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Early Career Teaching Award in 2008 and was the inaugural recipient of the Endocrine Society of Australia Mid-Career Award in 2009. Associate Professor Davey has been a Chief Investigator on 8 successful NHMRC Project Grants since 2002, has supervised 3 PhD, 1 MSc and 4 honours students to completion and was academic coordinator of the BSc Honours program for the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Health from 2005 to 2011.   


Member of

  • Scientific Advisory Board of Teeleostin, Pty, Ltd. Member 2008 -
  • The Endocrine Society of Australia. Member 2008 -
  • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. Member 2004 -
  • Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. Member 1993 -
  • Chair, NHMRC Grant Review Panel - Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions. Member 2008
  • NHMRC Grant Review Panel - Endocrinology. Member 2006


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, Adelaide University 1998
  • BSc, Adelaide University 1993

Awards and honors

  • Not in List, 2017
  • Endocrine Society of Australia Mid-Career Award, Endocrine Society of Australia, 2009
  • Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award, American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, 2008
  • Austhos Travelling Fellowship, Austin Health, 2006
  • Faulding Young Investigator Travel Award, Australian Society of Medical Research, 1994



Available for supervision

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