A/PROF Terry Mulhern

A/PROF Terry Mulhern


  • Education research (misconceptions, student feedback, physical performance)
  • Mitochondrial protein import (protein structure)
  • Protein kinases (signal transduction)
  • Small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) (protein structure)



  • Terry Mulhern is the Director of Teaching and Learning for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland and has held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Oxford, Adelaide and Melbourne. At Melbourne, he teaches Biochemistry in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biomedical Science and the Doctor of Medicine. Terry is passionate about finding the intersections between science and art – working with colleagues in the Faculties of Education and Fine Arts and Music to help students to ‘act like a scientists’ by embodying biological process as a way to help them understand concepts better and to explain them to their peers. Terry was the 2018 winner of the David White Award for Teaching Excellence, the University of Melbourne’s highest honour for teaching in Health, Science, Agriculture and Veterinary Science.   


Member of

  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Member 2018 -
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Education Special Interest Group 1992 -
  • Australian Society for Biophysics. Member 2002 - 2012
  • Australian Neutron Beam User Group. Member 2001 - 2012
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance. Member 1997 - 2012


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • MTC, University of Melbourne 2013
  • PhD, The University of Queensland 1995
  • BSc(Hons), The University of Queensland 1990
  • BSc, The University of Queensland 1989

Awards and honors

  • David White Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Melbourne, 2018
  • Best Oral Presentation, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2017
  • Award for Learning and Teaching Achievement, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, 2017
  • Sir Paul Callaghan Medal for Early Career Researchers, Australian Society for Magnetic Resonance, 2004
  • Yamigawa-Yoshida Travel Fellowship, International Union Against Cancer, 2003
  • Australian Postgraduate Research Award, Australian Government, 1991
  • CSR Mills Prize in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Uinversity of Queensland, 1990



Available for supervision

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