PROF Andrew Sinclair

PROF Andrew Sinclair


  • Molecular Development, Genetics, (Sexual Differentiation, Sex Determination)



  • Professor Andrew Sinclair holds a joint appointment with the University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute as  Divisional Director of Early Development and Disease.   He leads an internationally recognised research group that focuses on gonad development and dysfunction.  His contributions have been fundamental to the advancement of the field, including the identification and characterisation of the testis determining gene (SRY) and other genes critical for gonad development.  Andrew has an extensive publication record, including six Nature papers, some of which have become ISI citation classics with over 1,000 citations each. He has been awarded over $10 million in competitive grant funding, including an ARC National Centre of Excellence and an NHMRC Program Grant.  He is regularly invited to present plenary lectures at national and international meetings.  Andrew was President of the Australian Society for Medical Research in 2004, and led national advocacy efforts seeking increased Federal Government funding of health and medical research. In 2005, the Federal Minister for Health appointed Andrew to the Australian Biotechnology Advisory Council which provides high-level independent advice to the Federal Ministers for Health, Education & Science, and Industry.   


Member of

  • OzBio 2010 Program Committee. Member 2008 -
  • PathoGenetics. Editorial Board Member 2008 -
  • Sexual Development. Editorial Board Member 2008 -
  • Research Advisory Committee for Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. Member 2005 -
  • NHMRC Project Grant Review Panel - Genetics. Chair 2007 - 2008
  • Australian Biotechnology Advisory Council. Member 2005 - 2008
  • NHMRC Grant Review Panel / NHMRC Fellowship Committee. Member of NHMRC Grant Review Panel - Genetics 2006
  • NHMRC Project Grant Review Panel - Genetics. Panel member 2006
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. President 2004
  • NHMRC Grant Review Panel / NHMRC Fellowship Committee. Committee (ex-officio as President of ASMR) 2004
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. President-Elect 2003
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. National Secretary and Executive 2000 - 2003
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. Board Director 1998 - 2002


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • "Molecular genetics of sex determination and gonad development"
    A.H. Sinclair, P.A. Koopman, V.R. Harley
    2005-2009 and 2010-2014
    National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant of $9.3 million total   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1988
  • BSc (hons), Monash University 1981

Awards and honors

  • Sutherland Award, Human Genetics Society of Australasia, 2009
  • Biomedical Research exhibit (permanent), Museum of Victoria, 1999
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding professional achievement and leadership, LaTrobe University, 1998
  • Outstanding Research Award, Royal Society, UK, 1990
  • Imperial Cancer Research Fellowship, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, UK, 1988
  • Smith-White Award, Genetics Society of Australia, 1987



Available for supervision

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