Switching on sex: How key mammalian sex-determining genes are activated (2015–2017)

Development as a male or female is one of the most important biological decisions made during embryonic life. Although several of the key sex determining genes are now known, it is unclear how they come to be active at the right time and in the right cells of the gonad to direct sex determination. This project uses bioinformatics, biochemistry, cellular assays and powerful genome editing technologies in mice to pinpoint essential regulatory elements and understand how they function. In addition to addressing key issues in mammalian molecular genetics and developmental biology, data generated in this project may provide a basis for innovative biotechnologies in pest management, wildlife conservation and livestock breeding.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
  • Professorial Research Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Affiliate Professor
    School of Biomedical Sciences
    Faculty of Medicine
Funded by:
Australian Research Council