Peter Koopman is in the Division of Genomics of Development and Disease at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Australia. He was part of the team that discovered the Y-chromosomal sex-determining gene Sry in 1990, recognized as one of the most important breakthroughs in 20th century genetics. He heads a research team whose current work focuses on genes that regulate embryonic development, with special emphasis on the molecular genetics of sex development, fertility, gonadal cancers and intersex conditions.
Prof Koopman is author of over 270 scientific papers, including 5 in Nature, 7 in Nature Genetics, 2 in Science and 2 in Cell, which together have been cited 16000 times in the literature. He is Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Development and a member of the Faculty of 1000. Prof Koopman received the AMP Queensland Biomedical Research Award in 1992, the Julian Wells Medal in 1998, the Amersham-Pharmacia Biotech Medal in 2003, the President’s Medal of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology in 2005, the GlaxoSmithKline Award for Research Excellence in 2007, the Lemberg Medal in 2009 and the Royan International Research Award in 2016. He is a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the NHMRC and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.