Merlin Crossley

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Professor Merlin Crossley is an Australian biochemist and the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales.[1]


Crossley completed his doctorate at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship under the supervision of George Brownlee,[2] researching the molecular genetics of Haemophilia B.

During his time at Oxford he discovered two sets of genetic mutations that prevent two key proteins from attaching to the DNA of people with Haemophilia B Leyden, thereby turning off the gene that produces clotting factor IX, which prevents excessive bleeding.[3]

In 2013, more than 20 years after his first discovery, Crossley discovered the third protein that causes Haemophilia B Leyden[4]

Honours and Awards[edit]

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales - 2014 [5]

Awarded the Julian Wells Medal, Lorne Genome Conference - 2010 [6]

Awarded the Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk Medal - 2002 [7]

Awarded the Royal Society of New South Wales Sir Edgeworth David Medal - 2000 [8]

Awarded the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Roche Medal - 1999 [9]

Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship 1987 -1990 [10]


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