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Gregory Harper

extracellular matrix
intramuscular fat
lysosomal storage disorders
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
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Gregory Harper

Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences
Primary Interest
Biophysical Properties Of Proteoglycans
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Gregory Harper


Dr Gregory Harper's role within the University of Melbourne is to enhance and support community impact from work within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. This is primarily related to research outputs, but also encompasses the teaching, commercial service and extension activities of Faculty members.

Dr Harper brings a wealth of experience from his work as a researcher in Australia and overseas, undertaking projects in medical research and agricultural research.In his most recent role as Executive Director Agriculture Research and Development within Agriculture Victoria, Dr Harper led a branch consisting of 300 people, and including researchers, development and extension experts, as well as technicians and other support staff. The major functions of the branch were research and technological development for the four major agricultural industries of Victoria: dairy, grains, red meat and horticulture.
In his previous role in CSIRO he contributed to a large body of work designed to improve the overall eating quality of Australian red meat for domestic consumption and export. He also contributed as a Deputy Chief to the development of the Animal, Food and Health Division, and the Food Futures Flagship.
His earlier medical research work was focussed on diagnosing and treating human inborn errors of metabolism, and particularly the lysosomal storage disorders. He was privileged to be part of the team led by Prof John Hopwood that created enzyme-replacement therapies for children suffering from mucopolysaccharidosis - particularly debilitating and progressive disorders.
In parallel to his research career, Dr Harper developed expertise in the planning, funding, governance and translation into impact, of life science programs. It is this expertise that primarily brought him to the University. Previously he held scientific leadership roles in CSIRO, the cooperative research centres, a rural research and development corporation (Meat and Livestock Australia) and earlier, in an NH&MRC Program grant. He has contributed to research funding decision processes for the ARC, Channel 7-Children's Research Foundation, Australia-India Strategic Research Fund, Agriculture Victoria, as well as Canadian knowledge translation funds. Dr Harper has been recognised as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Wenner Gren Foundation


J. E. Fogarty International Centre


FAICD - Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors






Agriculture And Food


American Chemical Society


Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology

Member And Fellow

Australian Institute of Company Directors


Company Directors Course

Macquarie University

Graduate Diploma (Technology Management)

Chifley Business School

Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry)

Monash University

Bachelor of Science

The University of Queensland