Marc Wilkins

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Marc Wilkins is a Professor in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at UNSW Sydney where he leads an Australian Research Council-funded proteomics and molecular systems biology lab.

Professor Wilkins brings 25 years of experience in proteomics research, and 12 years’ experience in molecular systems biology of the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. His reputation as a leader in the field of proteomics, especially protein post-translational modifications, is reflected in his more than 240 journal publications and over 30k citations (Google scholar). He also has extensive experience in the generation and analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data, using short- and long-read next-generation sequencing techniques.

Professor Wilkins has additional experience in the management and growth of major research infrastructure, serving as Director of the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics from 2011 to 2022. This Centre is the largest such facility at any Australian University, is infrastructure of national significance and funded under the NCRIS program. Typically, it analyses over 60,000 samples per annum for the genomics research community – the majority by next-generation sequencing techniques.

In addition to his academic profile, Professor Wilkins has six years’ full time experience in industry, having co-founded two biotechnology companies. These companies, both which were listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), took analytical instrumentation, software, in-field testing devices or live cell products to market. Professor Wilkins has also advised the NSW State Government, the Australian Government and the Government of New Zealand on aspects of science policy.