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Sebastian Dworkin

Group Leader, Developmental Genetics Lab, La Trobe University

Seb Dworkin completed his PhD in 2008, investigating the mechanisms governing neural development in both zebrafish and mouse, as well as the transcriptional control of neural stem cells at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. He then joined Prof. Stephen Jane’s group at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, investigating developmental processes regulated by the highly conserved Grainyhead-like family of transcription factors. Seb moved to the Central Clinical School, Monash University to continue his work under Steve’s mentorship in 2011. He was awarded an ARC DECRA, and was successful in obtaining an NHMRC project grant, both in 2014, to fund his work on mechanisms of gastrulation, craniofacial development, and neurulation/neural morphogenesis, and determine how individual transcription factors can regulate multiple different developmental processes throughout embryogenesis. He took up an independent Group Leader/Lecturer position at La Trobe University in 2016, continuing his work on the genetic regulation of embryonic development


  • –present
    Group Leader, Developmental Genetics Lab, La Trobe University


  • 2008 
    University of Melbourne, Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)