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

Merlin Crossley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at UNSW and Professor of Molecular Biology. He has also worked or studied at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Harvard and Sydney. He has been recognized by numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship, the Australian Academy of Science's Gottschalk Medal, and the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Sciences in 2020.


  • 2016–present
    Board Member, UNSW Global
  • 2015–present
    Chair, Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Research Evaluation Committee for Biology and Biotechnology
  • 2021–present
    Honorary Associate, Australian Museum
  • 2016–present
    Editorial Board Member, The Conversation
  • 2017–present
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, University of New South Wales
  • 2019–present
    Board Member, The Conversation
  • 2016–present
    Deputy National Secretary, Rhodes Scholarships Australia
  • 2017–present
    Advisory Committee, Australian Astronomical Obersvatory
  • 2010–present
    Professor of Molecular Biology, University of New South Wales
  • 2016–present
    Editorial Board Member, BioEssays
  • 2013–present
    Deputy Chair , Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)
  • 2015–present
    Board Member, NewSouth Publishing
  • 2012–2020
    Trust Member, Australian Museum
  • 2016–2017
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, University of New South Wales
  • 2010–2017
    Board Member, Sydney Institute of Marine Science
  • 2011–2016
    Board Member, New South Innovations (now UNSW Innovations)
  • 2011–2015
    Council Member, European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia
  • 2010–2015
    Dean of Science, University of New South Wales
  • 1995–2009
    Lecturer to Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Sydney
  • 2009–2009
    Associate Dean Research Strategy, University of Sydney
  • 2006–2008
    Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, University of Sydney
  • 2005–2006
    Director of Research, College of Sciences and Technology, University of Sydney
  • 2004–2005
    Acting Dean of Science, University of Sydney
  • 1991–1995
    Post-doctoral Researcher, Harvard University
  • 1990–1991
    Post-doctoral Researcher, Oxford University
  • 1986–1987
    Tutor, Queen's College, University of Melbourne


  • 1991 
    Oxford University, D.Phil.
  • 1987 
    University of Melbourne, B.Sc. (Hons)


Rhodes Scholarship 1987 Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Roche Medal 1999 Royal Society of NSW Sir Edgeworth David Medal 2000 Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk Medal 2002 Julian Wells Medal, Lorne Genome Conference 2010, Fellow Queen's College University of Melbourne 2014, Fellow Royal Society of NSW 2014