Professor Jennifer A. Marshall Graves AO, AAS

Scientist working on Australian animal genomes and sex

About Me

Jenny Graves is an evolutionary geneticist who works on Australian animals, including kangaroos and platypus, devils (Tasmanian) and dragons (lizards). Her group uses their distant relationship to humans to discover how genes and chromosomes and regulatory systems evolved, and how they work in all animals including humans. Her laboratory uses this unique perspective to explore the origin, function and fate of human sex genes and chromosomes, (in)famously predicting that the human Y chromosome will disappear. She has edited four books and produced more than 400 research articles.

Jenny graduated (BSc, MSc) from the University of Adelaide, then a Fulbright Travel grant took her to the University of California at Berkeley for a PhD in Molecular Biology. She lectured at La Trobe for many years before joining the Australian National University, where she founded a department and directed the ARC Centre of Excellence in Kangaroo Genomics. She returned to La Trobe as Distinguished Professor in 2011.


BSc, MSc University of Adelaide 1964, 1967
PhD University of California Berkeley 1971
FAA, elected 1999 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science 1999, Foreign secretary 2006-9, Education Secretary 2009-12
L'Oreal-UNESCO laureate 2006
AO 2010

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