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Prof

Geoff Shaw

Honorary
Biosciences
genomic imprinting
differentiation
Marsupial
sexual determination
reproductive endocrinology
embryogenesis
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
animals
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Prof

Geoff Shaw

 
Division
Science
 
Primary Interest
Reproduction and Development
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Prof

Geoff Shaw

 

I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a major in Mathematics, and first class honours in Zoology. After teaching biology and mathematics at year 11-12 for 4 terms, I decided to undertake further research training.

I completed a PhD at Murdoch University under the supervision of Dr Marilyn Renfree, investigating the control of pregnancy in tammar wallabies. I undertook postdoctoral research on the effects of growth factors on sheep reproduction at the University of Queensland before returning to work on marsupials as a National Research fellow and later a Sir Colin McKenzie Research Fellow in Comparative Anatomy, in the Department of Anatomy at Monash University. I took up a lectureship at the University of Melbourne in 1991 and was promoted to Professor in 2011.

My research centres on mammalian reproductive physiology and development. I have studied a diverse range or species including humans, but the central focus is on marsupials. Major projects at present investigate sexual determination and differentiation, genomic imprinting, the physiology and endocrinology of birth, the uterine, hormonal and metabolic control of embryonic diapause, embryo culture, the application of artificial reproductive technologies to endangered species and comparative aspects of lactation. I am also involved in the functional analysis if genetic information derived from the ARC Centre for Kangaroo Genomics. Marsupials have enormous potential as research models to contrast with data from humans and mice, and my research highlights and leverages this potential.

My research informs my teaching, where I endeavour to give my undergraduate students a feel for the boundaries of our knowledge and the excitement of exploration into the unknown. My teaching approach is popular, with listings among the top 10 at The University of Melbourne in the national Lecturer of the Year Awards in 2010 and and 2011, and in 2014 ranking as the top nominee at The University of Melbourne, and 8th overall in Australia. In 2012 I was honoured to receive the Faculty of Science Dean's Award for excellence in Teaching (large Class), a University of Melbourne Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Teaching Excellence Awards (Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies), and the 2012 David White award (for overall teaching excellence Science, Health, Agriculture and Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne).

I retired in 2017, but still retain an active academic association with the School of BioSciences.

Projects

Displaying the 14 most recent projects by Geoff Shaw.

14

Projects

Project Types


13

Research Grant


1

Internal Research Grant


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 190 most recent scholarly works by Geoff Shaw.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2014

Top nominee at The University of Melbourne, Ranked 8th in Australia

Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Award

2012

Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Large Class) 2013

Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne

2012

David White Award for Excellence in Teaching 2013

The University of Melbourne

2011

Top 10 nominee at The University of Melbourne

Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Award

2010

Top 10 nominee at The University of Melbourne

Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Award

1989

Sir Colin McKenzie Research Fellowship in Comparative Anatomy


1986

National Research Fellowship


7

Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Biosciences

Honorary

Biosciences

Member Of The Editorial Board Of The Journal Of Endocrinology

Editorial Board, Journal of Endocrinology

Member

Australian Society for Reproductive Biology

Member

Australian Mammal Society

Education


Bachelor of Science

University of Tasmania

Grad Dip Computer Studies

Murdoch University

Doctor of Philosophy

Murdoch University

Bachelor of Science with Honours

University of Tasmania