Professor Andrew Pask
Dr Andrew Pask is a Professor in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in 1999 at LaTrobe university and moved for a postdoc to the University of Melbourne. In 2001 he was awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin fellowship, on which he spent 2 years at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas USA and 2 years at the University of Melbourne. He then received an NHMRC RD Wright fellowship in 2005. In 2008, he took an appointment as Associate Professor at The University of Connecticut where he stayed until 2013. He was then recruited back to the University of Melbourne as a Research Accelerator Program Fellow. In 2014, he received an ARC Future Fellowship and in 2018 he was promoted to Professor at the University of Melbourne and he is now the Domain Leader for Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology within the School of BioSciences. His research focuses on development of the reproductive system and particularly the influence of hormones and endocrine disruptors on reproductive disease. His current research is focused on hypospadias, one of the most common birth defects in humans affecting 1:125 live male births in Australia. Using mouse, human and marsupial models his research has redefined the role of hormones in penis development and the developmental and molecular mechanisms driving urethral closure.