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The Australian National University

Professor Christopher Goodnow

NHMRC Australia Fellow, Head, Dept of Immunology
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Transgenesis 100109
  • Haematology 110202
  • Gene Expression (Incl. Microarray And Other Genome Wide Approaches) 060405
  • Immunogenetics (Incl. Genetic Immunology) 110706
  • Genome Structure And Regulation 060407
  • Cell Development, Proliferation And Death 060103
  • Rheumatology And Arthritis 110322
  • Humoural Immunology And Immunochemistry 110705
  • Genetic Immunology 060406
  • Tumour Immunology 110709
  • Cellular Immunology 110704
  • Medical Genetics (Excl. Cancer Genetics) 110311
  • Autoimmunity 110703
  • Biochemistry And Cell Biology 0601
  • Immunology 1107
  • Oncology And Carcinogenesis 1112


Chris Goodnow is an NHMRC Australia Fellow, Distinguished Professor of Immunology, and Chief Scientific Officer of the Australian Phenomics Facility at the Australian National University’s John Curtin School of Medical Research. Originally trained in Veterinary medicine and surgery, immunochemistry, and in molecular and cellular immunology, he leads a research team that have illuminated how the body’s immune system learns to distinguish “self” from “not-self” so that it does not attack our own body while fighting off infections. Using powerful experimental tools of mouse molecular genetics he has pioneered new ways to reveal how the body’s phenotype results from its’ genotype – “phenomics”.

His research contributions have been recognized by a number of awards, including Pharmingen Investigator Award, AAI Distinguished Lecturer, Gottschalk Medal, Health Ministers Prize, Ramaciotti Medal, GSK Award for Research Excellence, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Outside of professional life Chris is an avid surfer, recognized for his 1980 exploration and discovery of the now legendary surf in the Mentawai Islands off Sumatra, and he enjoys spending time together with his family surfing around Bawley Point on the NSW South Coast.

Education and Experience:

1979-84 Veterinary Medicine and Surgery BVSc HonsI, University of Sydney

1983-84 Immunochemistry BScVet HonsI & University Medal, University of Sydney

1984-85 Molecular immunology, Research Assistant with Dr Mark Davis, Stanford University

1985 Immunological tolerance, PhD with Prof Gus Nossal, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

1986-1990 Immunological tolerance, PhD with Profs Tony Basten & Ron Trent, University of Sydney

1989-1990 Medical Foundation Fellow, University of Sydney

1990-1997 Assistant Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Assistant Professor, Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University

1997-current Professor of Immunology, Australian National University

1997-2006 Founding Director, ACRF Medical Genome Centre and Australian Phenomics Facility



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