Dean wins genome medal

Merlin Crossley
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

The Dean of the UNSW Faculty of Science, Professor Merlin Crossley, has been awarded the prestigious Julian Wells Medal at the 31st annual Lorne Genome Conference, in Victoria.

The medal was awarded yesterday at the conference, which attracts high-calibre researchers from around the world to Australia's premier scientific meeting on the organisation and expression of the genome.

The Julian Wells Medal is awarded annually to an Australian scientist who "has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the organisation and expression of the genome; has contributed to development of this field of research in Australia; and has had some association with and contributed to the Lorne Genome Conference. In addition, a focus of this award is on recognising the achievements of active younger scientists rather than a lifetime achievement award."

The Julian Wells Medal and Lecture was established to recognise the major contributions made by Julian Wells to the development of molecular biology in Australia, to the initiation and success of the Lorne Genome Conference and for his research in understanding genome organisation and function. Following his premature death in 1993, the conference resolved to commemorate his contributions through the award of a bronze medallion and the presentation of a lecture.

Professor Crossley says his award is as much recognition for the work done by his outstanding PhD students over the years and is honoured to be in the company of previous recipients, among whom are some of Australia's most recognised researchers in the field.

Other recent winners have been:

  • 2009: John Mattick, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland.
  • 2008: Emma Whitelaw, Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
  • 2007: Richard Sturm, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland.
  • 2006: Geoff McFadden, School of Botany, University of Melbourne.
  • 2005: Richard Harvey, The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, St Vincent's Hospital
  • 2004: Rob Richards, ARC Special Centre for the Molecular Genetics of Development, University of Adelaide
  • 2003: Susan Clark, Sydney Cancer Centre, University of Sydney