Profile – A/Prof Craig Harrison

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Associate Professor Craig Harrison


Honorary Fellow
Centre for Endocrinology and Metabolism
NHMRC Career Development Fellow
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Physiology and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University


An internationally respected molecular biologist and expert in reproductive endocrinology, Craig’s research focuses on the structural and functional characterisation of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) proteins to understand their role in reproduction and human disease.

After completing his PhD at the University of New South Wales, he joined Prince Henry’s Institute in 1999 as a TM Ramsey Fellow. He then continued his postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute (La Jolla, CA, USA) as a NHMRC CJ Martin Training Fellow. On returning to Australia, he established the Growth Factor Signalling Research Group at Prince Henry’s Institute. Craig’s research is based on the concept that modulating the activity of TGF-β proteins is an effective strategy for restoring homeostasis in disease-affected tissues. Recently, he has developed long-acting agonists and specific antagonists of TGF-β proteins, which will be used to restore tissue homeostasis in conditions associated with a major burden of disease, including cancer cachexia, obesity and postmenopausal osteoporosis. This research program builds on the momentum his group has developed studying the synthesis and activation of TGF-β proteins. In 2011, Craig was awarded a Career Development Fellowship, Level 2, from the NHMRC.