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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Rackham gained his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate in Biochemistry at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2003 Oliver relocated to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK, as an MRC Career Development Fellow, working with Professor Jason Chin on approaches to systematically re-engineer the genetic code.

Oliver established his own group in WA in 2006 as an NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow. Since then he has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellowship, an ARC Future Fellowship, the Marshall Medal, and was inducted into the European Inventor Hall of Fame. Oliver’s research is currently funded by grants from the ARC, Cancer Council WA, and NHMRC. He was a founding member and past President of Synthetic Biology Australasia.

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry, PhD, University of Otago

Biochemistry, BSc(Hons), University of Otago

External positions

Professor, Curtin University of Technology


  • RNA
  • Synthetic biology
  • Mitochondrial biogenesis
  • Ribosome
  • Gene editing

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Research Output 2002 2019

Circularized visualisation of genetic interactions

Kuznetsova, I., Lugmayr, A., Filipovska, A., Holzinger, A. & Rackham, O., 1 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion. International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, p. 225-226 2 p. (26th International World Wide Web Conference 2017, WWW 2017 Companion).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Open Access
Gene expression
2 Citations (Scopus)

CirGO: An alternative circular way of visualising gene ontology terms

Kuznetsova, I., Lugmayr, A., Siira, S. J., Rackham, O. & Filipovska, A., 18 Feb 2019, In : BMC Bioinformatics. 20, 1, 84.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gene Ontology
1 Citation (Scopus)

Dinucleotide Degradation by REXO2 Maintains Promoter Specificity in Mammalian Mitochondria

Nicholls, T. J., Spåhr, H., Jiang, S., Siira, S. J., Koolmeister, C., Sharma, S., Kauppila, J. H. K., Jiang, M., Kaever, V., Rackham, O., Chabes, A., Falkenberg, M., Filipovska, A., Larsson, N. G. & Gustafsson, C. M., 5 Dec 2019, In : Molecular Cell. 76, 5, p. 784-796.e6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mitochondrial DNA
Knockout Mice
2 Citations (Scopus)
RNA-Binding Proteins
Synthetic Biology
RNA Stability

Stress signaling and cellular proliferation reverse the effects of mitochondrial mistranslation

Ferreira, N., Perks, K. L., Rossetti, G., Rudler, D. L., Hughes, L. A., Ermer, J. A., Scott, L. H., Kuznetsova, I., Richman, T. R., Narayana, V. K., Abudulai, L. N., Shearwood, A-M. J., Cserne Szappanos, H., Tull, D., Yeoh, G. C., Hool, L. C., Filipovska, A. & Rackham, O., 13 Nov 2019, In : The EMBO Journal. 19 p., e102155.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mitochondrial Proteins
Cell Proliferation

Projects 2006 2023


Inducted into the European Inventor Hall of Fame

Oliver Rackham (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Other distinction