Professor of Molecular Bioscience and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Sydney

Jill Trewhella is a Professor in the School of Molecular Bioscience and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney. As DVC Research (since 2009) she has overseen the development of major collaborative, cross-disciplinary research programs with supporting infrastructure; such as the newly established Charles Perkins Centre that focuses on solutions for individuals and communities for the problems arising from the increasing incidence of obesity. She earned BSc and MSc degrees in Mathematics and Physics (UNSW) and a PhD in Chemistry (University of Sydney) before moving to the USA for 25 years where she held significant leadership positions while pursuing her research. She was the founding Leader of the multi-disciplinary Bioscience Division, with more than 300 researchers working on projects such as the Human Genome Project, Structural Genomics of TB, the international HIV AIDS Gene Data Base, and stewarding National Institutes of Health research resources for flow cytometry and stable isotopes. She returned to Australia in 2005 as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow having gained international recognition for her contributions to understanding the molecular communication underpinning healthy function, with a particular emphasis on heart muscle proteins. She is a Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Neutron Scattering Society of America, and the Royal Society of NSW.


  • 2005–2008
    Federation Fellow, Australian Research Council


  • 1980 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1977 
    University of New South Wales, MSc
  • 1974 
    University of New South Wales, BSc with Hons 1


Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science