New Dean of Science appointed

Professor Merlin Crossley
Tuesday, 15 September, 2009

The Faculty will soon have a new Dean of Science following the appointment of distinguished molecular geneticist Professor Merlin Crossley to the key leadership role. Professor Crossley will take up the position in January 2010.

He is currently Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Sydney. Announcing the appointment today, the UNSW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fred Hilmer, described Professor Crossley as a highly distinguished scientist with a record of achievement as an academic leader and administrator.

"Merlin completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in genetics and microbiology," Professor Hilmer said. "He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and following a post-doctoral period at Oxford took a research position at Harvard Medical School. Returning to Australia, Merlin joined the University of Sydney and established a laboratory investigating DNA-binding molecules and gene control."

His research has been recognized with several awards, including the Australian Academy of Science's Gottschalk Medal, the Royal Society of NSW's Edgeworth David Medal, and the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's Roche Medal.

He served as Sydney's Acting Dean of Science throughout 2004, then as the Director of Research in the University's College of Sciences and Technology. From 2006 to the end of 2008 he was Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research.

"Merlin's appointment, from a very strong field, follows a wide-ranging recruitment process, both here and overseas," Professor Hilmer said. "I am confident that under his leadership the Faculty will build on its strengths, in both research and teaching, and set new directions for the future."

Professor Ian Dawes will continue as Acting Dean until the end of the year.