Distinguished Professor of Genetics, La Trobe University

Jenny Graves is an evolutionary geneticist whose research exploits the genetic diversity of Australia's unique mammals as a source of genetic variation to study the organisation, function and evolution of mammalian genomes. This has lead to new theories of the origin and evolution of human sex chromosomes and sex determining genes.
Jenny is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and served on the Executive for eight years, first as Foreign Secretary, then as Secretary for Education and Public Affairs. She is Distinguished Professor at La Trobe University, Professor Emeritus at ANU and Thinker-in-Residence at the University of Canberra.


  • –present
    Distinguished Professor, La Trobe University
  • 2001–2011
    Professor, Australian National University
  • 1993–2001
    Professor, La Trobe University


  • 1971 
    University of California, Berkeley, PhD
  • 1967 
    University of Aelaide, MSc


Jenny is a L'Oreal-UNESCO Laureate (2006) and was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009.