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.
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Hormonal Responsive Coding And Non-Coding Genes In Penile Differentiation And Hypospadias
DNA methylation dynamics in the germline of the marsupial tammar wallaby, Macropus eugenii
Reprogramming Maternal And Paternal Genomes During Development: New Perspectives From Mars..
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Androgen and Oestrogen Affect the Expression of Long Non-Coding RNAs During Phallus Development in a Marsupial.
Yu Chen, Yoko Kuroki, Geoff Shaw, Andrew J Pask, Hongshi Yu, Atsushi Toyoda, Asao Fujiyama, Marilyn B Renfree
Journal article | 2018 | Non-Coding RNA
There is increasing evidence that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important for normal reproductive development, yet very few l..
In hepatitis C patients with cirrhosis who achieve SVR with treatment, reduction in transient elastography measures does not translate to reduced risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: A prospective cohort study
J Howell, T Papaluca, S Glasgow, K New, T Hong, J Snell, D Iser, M Ryan, S Bell, P Desmond, SLCY Mei, C Croagh, T Nguyen, Z Valaydon, G Shaw, B Demediuk, L Mcdonald, A Craigie, L Stothers, M Lust, et al.
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Journal of Hepatology
Non-invasive placentation in the marsupials Macropus eugenii (Macropodidae) and Trichosurus vulpecula (Phalangeridae) involves redistribution of uterine Desmoglein-2
Melanie K Laird, Hanon McShea, Christopher R Murphy, Bronwyn M McAllan, Geoff Shaw, Marilyn B Renfree, Michael B Thompson
Journal article | 2018 | Molecular Reproduction and Development
Uterine molecular changes for non-invasive embryonic attachment in the marsupials Macropus eugenii (Macropodidae) and Trichosurus vulpecula (Phalangeridae)
Melanie K Laird, Jessica R Dargan, Lillian Paterson, Christopher R Murphy, Bronwyn M McAllan, Geoff Shaw, Marilyn B Renfree, Michael B Thompson
Journal article | 2017 | Molecular Reproduction and Development
Identification of a Novel PNMA-MS1 Gene inMarsupials Suggests the LTR Retrotransposon-Derived PNMA leGenes Evolved Differently inMarsupials and Eutherians
Sawa Iwasaki, Shunsuke Suzuki, Matthew Pelekanos, Helen Clark, Ryuichi Ono, Geoff Shaw, Marilyn B Renfree, Tomoko Kaneko-Ishino, Fumitoshi Ishino
Journal article | 2013 | DNA Research
Maturation of the growth axis in marsupials occurs gradually during post-natal life and over an equivalent developmental stage relative to eutherian species
Brandon R Menzies, Geoffrey Shaw, Terry P Fletcher, Andrew J Pask, Marilyn B Renfree
Journal article | 2012 | Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Identification of tammar wallaby SIRH12, derived from a marsupial-specific retrotransposition event
Ryuichi Ono, Yoko Kuroki, Mie Naruse, Masayuki Ishii, Sawa Iwasaki, Atsushi Toyoda, Asao Fujiyama, Geoff Shaw, Marilyn B Renfree, Tomoko Kaneko-Ishino, Fumitoshi Ishino
Journal article | 2011 | DNA Research
Genome sequence of an Australian kangaroo, Macropus eugenii, provides insight into the evolution of mammalian reproduction and development
Marilyn B Renfree, Anthony T Papenfuss, Janine E Deakin, James Lindsay, Thomas Heider, Katherine Belov, Willem Rens, Paul D Waters, Elizabeth A Pharo, Geoff Shaw, Emily Swwong, Christophe M Lefevre, Kevin R Nicholas, Yoko Kuroki, Matthew J Wakefield, Kyall R Zenger, Chenwei Wang, Malcolm Ferguson-Smith, Frank W Nicholas, Danielle Hickford, et al.
Journal article | 2011 | Genome Biology
Early expression of the androgen receptor in the sertoli cells of a Marsupial Coincides with downregulation of anti-müllerian hormone at the time of urogenital virilization
C Racine, AJ Pask, GE Wijayanti, N Di Clemente, JY Picard, G Shaw, MB Renfree, N Josso
Journal article | 2009 | Sexual Development
Physical map of two tammar wallaby chromosomes: A strategy for mapping in non-model mammals
Janine E Deakin, Edda Koina, Paul D Waters, Ruth Doherty, Vidushi S Patel, Margaret L Delbridge, Bianca Dobson, James Fong, Yanqiu Hu, Cecilia van den Hurk, Andrew J Pask, Geoff Shaw, Carly Smith, Katherine Thompson, Matthew J Wakefield, Hongshi Yu, Marilyn B Renfree, Jennifer A Marshall Graves
Journal article | 2008 | Chromosome Research
Conservation of the H19 noncoding RNA and H19-IGF2 imprinting mechanism in therians
Guillaume Smits, Andrew J Mungall, Sam Griffiths-Jones, Paul Smith, Delphine Beury, Lucy Matthews, Jane Rogers, Andrew J Pask, Geoff Shaw, John L VandeBerg, John R McCarrey, Marilyn B Renfree, Wolf Reik, Ian Dunham
Journal article | 2008 | Nature Genetics
Retrotransposon silencing by DNA methylation can drive mammalian genomic imprinting
Shunsuke Suzuki, Ryuichi Ono, Takanori Narita, Andrew J Pask, Geoffrey Shaw, Changshan Wang, Takashi Kohda, Amber E Alsop, Jennifer A Marshall Graves, Yuji Kohara, Fumitoshi Ishino, Marilyn B Renfree, Tomoko Kaneko-Ishino
Journal article | 2007 | PLoS Genetics
5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha,17 beta-diol is formed in tammar wallaby pouch young testes by a pathway involving 5 alpha-pregnane-3 alpha,17 alpha-diol-20-one as a key intermediate
JD Wilson, RJ Auchus, MW Leihy, OL Guryev, RW Estabrook, SM Osborn, G Shaw, MB Renfree
Journal article | 2003 | Endocrinology
Production of prostaglandin f2alpha and its metabolite by endometrium and yolk sac placenta in late gestation in the tammar wallaby, Macropus Eugenii.
G Shaw, HM Gehring, EC Bell
Journal article | 1999 | Biology of Reproduction
In this study, we investigated production of prostaglandin (PG) F2alpha and its metabolite, PGFM, by uterine tissues from tammar w..
Comparative aspects of oxytocin-like hormones in marsupials.
RA Bathgate, LJ Parry, TP Fletcher, G Shaw, MB Renfree, RT Gemmell, C Sernia
Journal article | 1995 | Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Unlike eutherian mammals which secrete only oxytocin (OT), marsupials secrete the typically reptilian mesotocin (MT) and/or OT as ..
Results using medium supplemented with either fresh or frozen stored serum in human in vitro fertilization.
JM Shaw, KL Harrison, LM Wilson, TM Breen, G Shaw, JM Cummins, JF Hennessey
Journal article | 1987 | Journal of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
This study retrospectively compared the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) among patients whose gametes had been incubated ei..
Effect of epidermal growth factor on reproductive function of ewes.
G Shaw, GI Jorgensen, R Tweedale, M Tennison, MJ Waters
Journal article | 1985 | Journal of Endocrinology
Adult Merino ewes were infused via the jugular vein with either saline (n = 5) or epidermal growth factor (EGF) (4.2 micrograms/kg..
Effect of PGF-2 alpha on uterine activity, and concentrations of 13, 14-dihydro-15-keto-PGF-2 alpha in peripheral plasma during parturition in the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii).
Journal article | 1983 | Reproduction
Intravenous administration of PGF-2 alpha or an analogue stimulated uterine contractility in gravid uteri during seasonal quiescen..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Top nominee at The University of Melbourne, Ranked 8th in Australia
Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Large Class) 2013
David White Award for Excellence in Teaching 2013
Top 10 nominee at The University of Melbourne
Top 10 nominee at The University of Melbourne
Sir Colin McKenzie Research Fellowship in Comparative Anatomy
National Research Fellowship
Member Of The Editorial Board Of The Journal Of Endocrinology
Editorial Board, Journal of Endocrinology
Australian Society for Reproductive Biology
Australian Mammal Society
Bachelor of Science with Honours
University of Tasmania
Bachelor of Science
University of Tasmania
Grad Dip Computer Studies
Doctor of Philosophy