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.
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Design and phenotyping procedures for recording wool, skin, parasite resistance, growth, c..
Comparing Carbon and Water Footprints for Beef Cattle Production in Southern Australia
Skeletal muscle atrophy occurs slowly and selectively during prolonged aestivation in Cycl..
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Design and phenotyping procedures for recording wool, skin, parasite resistance, growth, carcass yield and quality traits of the SheepGENOMICS mapping flock
Jason D White, Peter G Allingham, Chris M Gorman, David L Emery, Philip Hynd, John Owens, Amy Bell, Jason Siddell, Greg Harper, Ben J Hayes, Hans D Daetwyler, Jonathan Usmar, Mike E Goddard, John M Henshall, Sonja Dominik, Heather Brewer, Julius HJ van der Werf, Frank W Nicholas, Robyn Warner, Chris Hofmyer, et al.
Journal article | 2012 | Animal Production Science
Hyaluronan: is it a biomarker for adipose development within bovine muscle?
PG Allingham, PL Greenwood, TJ Brown, GS Harper
Journal article | 2010 | Animal Production Science
Based on an association with extracellular matrix remodelling, mitosis, proliferation and adipogenic differentiation, the glycosam..
Skeletal muscle extracellular matrix remodelling after aestivation in the green striped burrowing frog, Cyclorana alboguttata
Nicholas J Hudson, Gregory S Harper, Peter G Allingham, Craig E Franklin, W Barris, Sigrid A Lehnert
Journal article | 2007 | Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
A gene coexpression network for bovine skeletal muscle inferred from microarray data
Antonio Reverter, Nicholas J Hudson, Yonghong Wang, Siok-Hwee Tan, Wes Barris, Keren A Byrne, Sean M McWilliam, Cynthia DK Bottema, Adam Kister, Paul L Greenwood, Gregory S Harper, Sigrid A Lehnert, Brian P Dalrymple
Journal article | 2006 | Physiological Genomics
We present the application of large-scale multivariate mixed-model equations to the joint analysis of nine gene expression experim..
Lessons from an estivating frog: sparing muscle protein despite starvation and disuse
NJ Hudson, SA Lehnert, AB Ingham, B Symonds, CE Franklin, GS Harper
Journal article | 2006 | American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Long (6- to 9-mo) bouts of estivation in green-striped burrowing frogs lead to 28% atrophy of cruralis oxidative fibers ( P < 0.05..
Effects of sire genotype and plane of nutrition on fascicular structure of M-longissimus thoracis et lumborum and its effect on eating quality
PG Allingham, GE Gardner, M Taylor, RS Hegarty, GS Harper
Journal article | 2006 | Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
The purpose of this study was to determine if estimated breeding value (EBV) of an animal’s sire and or the animal’s nutrition aff..
Effect of different post-weaning growth paths on long-term weight gain, carcass characteristics and eating quality of beef cattle
NW Tomkins, GS Harper, HL Bruce, RA Hunter
Journal article | 2006 | Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
The effects of post-weaning nutrient restriction on growth, carcass characteristics and beef quality were determined. Belmont Red ..
Transcriptional profiling of muscle tissue in growing Japanese Black cattle to identify genes involved with the development of intramuscular fat
YH Wang, A Reverter, H Mannen, M Taniguchi, GS Harper, K Oyama, KA Byrne, A Oka, S Tsuji, SA Lehnert
Journal article | 2005 | Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Japanese Black cattle are characterised by a unique ability to deposit intramuscular fat with lower melting temperature. In this s..
Construction of gene interaction and regulatory networks in bovine skeletal muscle from expression data
A Reverter, W Barris, N Moreno-Sanchez, S McWilliam, YH Wang, GS Harper, SA Lehnert, BP Dalrymple
Journal article | 2005 | Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
We propose a data-driven reverse engineering approach to isolate the components of a gene interaction and regulatory network. We a..
Growth, development and nutritional manipulation of marbling in cattle: a review
DW Pethick, GS Harper, VH Oddy
Journal article | 2004 | Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
This review describes the pattern of intramuscular fat accretion in cattle and the potential for its manipulation during both the ..
THE NEUTRAL AMINO-ACID CARRIER IN THYROID LYSOSOMES - HORMONAL-REGULATION AND INHIBITION BY A PHOTO-ACTIVATABLE SUBSTRATE-ANALOG
GS HARPER, J BERNAR, O NOREN, H SJOSTROM, L KOHN, I BERNARDINI, F TIETZE, WA GAHL
Conference Proceedings | 1988 | Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Physiology
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
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
Graduate Diploma (Technology Management)
Chifley Business School
Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry)
Bachelor of Science
The University of Queensland