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Vincent Harley


Professor Vincent Harley PhD
Deputy Head, Centre for Reproductive Research,
Laboratory Head, Sex Determination & Gonadal Development
Co-Head, Brain and Gender
t: +61 3 9594 3244 e: vincent.harley[at]



  • NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

  • Adjunct Professor; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Monash University

  • Honorary Senior Fellow, Department of Genetics & Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne



Professor Harley held positions in the UK (Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories, London, and Department of Genetics at Cambridge University) and at the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne before joining PHI in 2000.

Research Interests

His research focuses on transcription factors and their role in health and disease, with a particular focus on sex determining genes SOX9 and SRY. His research on sex determination and intersex conditions has generated considerable interest in the scientific and wider communities.

Human genetics, sex differentiation and sex determination, organ development


Current Research


Recent Achievments

  • 2010-2014, NHMRC Program Grant, Program of Sexual Development

  • 2005-2009, NHMRC Program Grant
  • 2005 - Participated in an international consensus conference to review the management of intersex disorders and to implement genetic advances in the care of intersex patients, the first step being to update the nomenclature of intersexuality.

  • 2004 - Recipient of the US Endocrine Society Quest Diagnostics Young Investigator Travel Grant Award

  • 2003 - Recipient of an Eli Lily Endocrinology Research Grant and a Diabetes Australia Research and Training Grant 

  • 2001 - Awarded NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship


Service to the Scientific Community

  • Editorial Boards of the journals Molecular Endocrinology, International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Sexual Development.