• The University of Western Australia (M519), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Grant Morahan BSc(Hons), PhD, is a graduate of La Trobe and Melbourne Universities. He holds a doctorate in immunogenetics from the University of Melbourne. Grant is He worked as a Fogarty International Fellow at the prestigious Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in California. Taking up a position at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, he led a research team working on the genetics of complex diseases and researching immunological tolerance.

His research has included genetics of type 1 diabetes in humans and in animal models; genetics of asthma, obesity, demyelinating diseases, cardiovascular disease and malaria; characterisation of mechanisms of immune tolerance; and production of monoclonal antibodies. To date, his work has resulted in the publication of over 100 scientific papers, including many in the world's leading scientific journals. Professor Morahan was the State Councillor of the Australasian Society for Immunology and founding President of the Immunology Group of Victoria; he is a member of the Steering Committee of the international Type I Diabetes Genetics Consortium; Principal Investigator of the Asia-Pacific Type I Diabetes Genetics Network; a member of the prestigious worldwide Faculty of 1000; and a founder of the Complex Trait Consortium. He was appointed in 2005 as the inaugural Diabetes Research Foundation Professor at the University of Western Australia, and the Director of the Centre for Diabetes Research at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research at the Royal Perth Hospital campus. In addition to being Director of the Centre for Diabetes Research, Grant founded Geniad, a company which will offer pharmaceutical services based on a world-leading genetic resource, The Gene Mine. He is Chief Scientific Officer of Geniad.

Professor Grant Morahan established GordianTec Pty Ltd, which was founded in August 2011 to commercialise applications of technology developed by researchers at the Centre for Diabetes Research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. GordianTec develops methods for improved patient management and better disease outcomes. GordianTec is responsible for filing patent applications for diagnostics in areas including diabetes and cancer. It is expanding application of its approach to new diseases.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research expertise keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Gene mapping
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Complex genetic diseases
  • Systems genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Immunology
  • Autoimmunity
  • Gene discovery
  • Animal models of disease
  • Advanced genetics technologies
  • Gene-diet interaction


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