Professor Geoff McFadden, School of Biosciences, Universty of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Geoff McFadden took a BSc (Hons) and PhD at the University of Melbourne. He made two research trips to Antarctica, worked for three-years in Muenster, Germany, and had a post at the Institute for Marine Biosciences in Halifax Canada. He has worked on all six continents as a marine biologist, botanist or parasitologist. Geoff is now a Professor in the School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne.
Geoff discovered that malaria parasites are closely related to plants and algae by identifying and characterising the apicoplast (a relict chloroplast) of malaria and Toxoplasma. This has led to a whole new line of drug development to combat a major world health issue. He set up Australia’s first malaria life cycle facility and mosquito insectary to investigate drug targets and vaccine strategies funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Malaria Vaccine Initiative. Geoff is convener and founder of Ozemalar, the Australian European Malaria Research Network, which funds research exchanges between 47 Australian malaria labs and their European collaborators. He has published 219 scientific papers, many in high profile journals such as Nature, Science, EMBO J, and PNAS. His papers have accumulated in excess of 16,133 citations, his h-index is 64, and he is ranked in the 98th percentile of the 3 million subscribers to ResearchGate. Geoff has been awarded the Goldacre Medal, the Australian Academy of Science's Frederick White Prize, two Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar’s awards, The David Syme Medal from The Age, the Woodward Medal for Excellence in Science & Technology, the Julian Wells Medal, the Miescher-Ishida Prize, The Royal Society of Victoria Research Medal, The Ramaciotti Medal, an ARC Federation Fellowship, is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Parasitology, and a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Microbiologists. Geoff’s interests include surfing, making wooden surfboards, and restoring 1950s American cars. He is currently writing a book on the origin and evolution of life on earth based on his adventures around the globe.