Scientific Advisors


Professor David Nikolic-Paterson

Prof. David Nikolic-Paterson is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and is Head of Laboratory Research in the Department of Nephrology at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia and a Group Leader in the Monash University Centre for Inflammatory Diseases. Prof. Nikolic-Paterson’s group investigates mechanisms of inflammation and fibrosis in acute and chronic kidney disease, including transplant rejection. A particular focus is the contribution of myeloid cells and the TGF-β/Smad and stress-activated protein kinase signalling pathways. This work has resulted in a several clinical trials in diabetic kidney disease and other fibrotic diseases. Dr Nikolic-Paterson also serves as Associate Editor or Editorial Board member for several of the top journals in Nephrology and Pathology.


Professor Mark Hedger

Senior Principal Research Fellow
Deputy-Head of the Centre for Reproductive Health
Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Professor Hedger is a world authority in the biology of activins and follistatin with more than 150 refereed publications and book chapters, principally in the fields of male reproductive tract biology, activin biology and inflammatory disease in various tissues.  Professor Hedger is currently Research Group Head – Endocrinology and Immunophysiology, and Research Group Head – Activin Follistatin Biology and Inflammation at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research.


Professor Milton T W Hearn AM


Professor Hearn is a distinguished biochemist and an internationally recognized leader in the field of protein purification for which he has received numerous national and international Awards. In March 2015, Professor Hearn was the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Chromatography Award.  Professor Hearn is the previous Director of the ARC Special Research Centre for Green Chemistry and the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing at Monash University.


Associate Professor Craig Harrison

Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Monash University

A/Professor Harrison is an expert on the structural and functional characterization of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) proteins and their role in human disease.  A/Professor Harrison is currently Research Group Head - Growth Factor Therapeutics Laboratory in the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University.