Deputy Director

Professor Andrew Sinclair

Professor Andrew Sinclair is Deputy Director of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Professorial Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. 

Professor Sinclair leads an National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program focusing on the molecular genetics of gonad development and its impact on patient’s disorders of sex development (DSD). He is part of a team awarded a National Centre of Excellence focusing on the regulation of male germ cell differentiation and its impact on infertility and testicular cancer. Professor Sinclair’s contributions have been fundamental to the advancement of the field, including the identification and characterisation of the human testis determining gene (SRY) and other genes critical for gonad development. He has also implemented new, accurate, rapid and comprehensive diagnostic procedures to improve outcomes for patients with DSD.

Professor Sinclair has an extensive publication record, including seven Nature papers, with one listed as an ISI citation classic. Altogether his publications have been cited over 6,800 times. While President of the Australian Society for Medical Research in 2004, Professor Sinclair led national advocacy efforts seeking increased Federal Government funding for health and medical research. He is an editorial board member of several international journals. Professor Sinclair has received numerous national and international awards including the Outstanding Research Award from the Royal Society UK, the 2009 Sutherland Award for contributions to Human Genetics, and the 2010 Emil Steinberger Memorial Award from the American Society of Andrology. In 2005 he was appointed to the Australian Biotechnology Advisory Council and chaired the NHMRC Grant Review Panel for Genetics from 2007 to 2008. He was appointed to the NHMRC Assigners Academy from 2011 to 2013 and the NHMRC Human Genetics Advisory Committee in 2009 until 2015.