PROF Philip Batterham

PROF Philip Batterham


  • Insecticide resistance (Genomics, Identifying mechanisms, prediction, pest management)
  • Neurogenetics (Genetics, Receptor function, Behaviour)
  • Systems Biology - chemical stress response (Genetics, Insecticides, metabolism, transport)



  • Professor Phil Batterham completed a BSc(Hons) at LaTrobe University and a PhD in Genetics at Monash University. Following two years of postdoctoral research at Syracuse University (USA), he came to the University of Melbourne as a Research Fellow before being appointed as a Lecturer in Genetics. In rising to the level of Professor, Phil has served the University as Associate Dean (Science) – Communications and Development and Provost’s Fellow – Student Experience. Phil has been recognized at the national level for his research, teaching and science communication. The Genetics Society of AustralAsia awarded him the MJD White Medal for research excellence in Genetics. Phil was also awarded the Carrick Citation for his ‘exceptional record in the supervision, support and career mentoring of research higher degree students’ and he has been a five time finalist in the Eureka Prize for Public Communication of Science. Phil has organized several major international conferences including the International Congress of Genetics (2003) and a UN Conference on Global Health (2010). He is the current President of the International Genetics Federation.   


Member of

  • International Genetic Federation. Executive Member 2003 -
  • International Genetic Federation. President (2013-2018) 2003 -
  • Genetics Society of Australasia. President (2010-2012) 1996 -
  • Genetics Society of Australasia. President 1996 -
  • Genetics Society of America. Ordinary member 1981 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 1981
  • BSc (Hons), La Trobe University 1977

Awards and honors

  • Genetics Society of AustralAsia, 2015
  • Club Melbourne, 2014
  • Special Recognition Award, Melbourne Host Directorate - WorldMUN 2013, 2013
  • Award for research and higher degree supervision., University of Melbourne, 2006
  • Awarded for research and higher degree supervision and mentoring., Carrick Institute, 2006
  • Awarded for business services., City of Melbourne, 2004
  • Victorian conference of the year., Meetings and Events Australia, 2004



Available for supervision

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