Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Dr Jeff Craig leads the Early Life Genetics group at the Murdoch Childrens and Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. He is a geneticist and cell biologist with over twenty years experience in all aspects of epigenetics including gene regulation and chromosome structure and function. His current work focuses on the development of epigenetic biomarkers (1) reflecting for past environment and (2) predicting future disease risk with a focus on cardiovascular disease and neurodevelopment. Dr Craig, together with his MCRI colleagues, is at the forefront of genome-wide epigenetic analysis. He has experience in establishing longitudinal cohorts including the Peri/postnatal Epigenetic Twins Study (PETS). He also leads the epigenetic analysis in the AQUA study of the effects of maternal alcohol consumption on health of the offspring and has collaborative projects on preterm birth, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder. Dr Craig is also an internationally recognised expert on twins and works closely with the Australian Twin Registry. He has 81 per-reviewed publications, with an h-index of 24 and has published in journals such as Nature Genetics (3x) and Genome Research (3x). In the past six years he has supervised two Clinical Fellows, two international Postdocs, seven Honours students, 6 PhD students and 3 Masters students. Jeff is also a passionate science communicator and a regular panellist on Radio 3RRR's Einstein-A-GoGo science show.


  • 1998–present
    Associate Professor, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute


  • 1996 
    University of Edinbugh, UK, PhD
  • 1987 
    University of Manchester, UK, BSc