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Merlin Crossley

Merlin Crossley

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Professor of Molecular Biology, UNSW

I have been doing molecular biology since 1985 and been in academic administration since 2004. I continue to run a large laboratory and to teach at UNSW Sydney.

My lab has a blog with posts every Friday https://wordpress.com/view/crossleylab.wordpress.com

our lab website is http://www.crossleylab.unsw.edu.au/

We work on DNA-binding proteins that facilitate epigenetic changes to turn genes on and off. We are interested in developing ways to artificially regulate the expression of particular genes. For instance, recently we have used CRISPR and other gene editing approaches to introduce beneficial mutations to boost the output of medically important genes. Such technologies may be useful in treating particular genetic diseases of the blood, like sickle cell anemia, and of metabolism, such as diabetes and obesity.

I enjoy teaching and give lectures in the area of molecular biology, genomics, epigenetics, stem cells, genetic reprogramming and genome editing.

I have written extensively on modern molecular genetics and on science teaching and education policy.

Boyer Lectures: gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks promising

Oct 16, 2018 15:12 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ABCs Boyer Lectures. Delivered by Professor John Rasko, the 2018 Life Engineered lectures explore ethical and other issues around gene therapy and related technologies, and their...

When to trust (and not to trust) peer reviewed science

Jul 14, 2018 11:10 am UTC| Insights & Views Science

The article is part of our occasional long read series Zoom Out, where authors explore key ideas in science and technology in the broader context of society. The words published in a peer reviewed journal are sometimes...

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How we can turn the tide for women in science

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