Dr Sebastian Furness

Senior Research Fellow

School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine


Sebastian is from Adelaide and received his BSc(Hons) and PhD. from the University of Adelaide, where he worked on the Aryl Hydrocarbon receptor in the lab of Murray Whitelaw. He then did postdoctoral research on haematopoitic stem cell differentiation in Kelly McNagny’s lab at the Biomedical Research Centre at the University of British Columbia before joining Patrick Sexton to work on G protein-coupled receptors at Monash University .

Sebastian is now an ARC Future Fellow developing his own research program in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland. He remains an adjunct member of MIPS DDB as well as CCeMMP..

Sebastian has honours and PhD positions for motivated students who have a strong desire to assume ownership of a project and work independently.

Research Impacts

Sebastian is active in advocacy for improvements to STEM policy across education, science literacy and research funding, having worked for a number of years with an advisory group to his local federal MP. He has been involved in commercialisation of some of his work into a startup biotech company (Apop biosciences) and his main research focus has been instrumental in shifting the paradigm of how signalling works at G protein-coupled receptors (please see an explainer here).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide


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Book Chapter

  • Ostrovskaya, A., Findlay, D. M., Sexton, P. M. and Furness, S. G. B. (2017). Calcitonin. Reference module in neuroscience and biobehavioral psychology. (pp. - ) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-809324-5.03223-5

  • Just, Rasmus, Simms, John, Furness, Sebastian G. B., Christopoulos, Arthur and Sexton, Patrick M. (2009). Understanding amylin receptors. The calcitonin gene-related peptide family. (pp. 41-57) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-2909-6_3

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Koole, Cassandra, Pabreja, Kavita, Savage, Emilia E., Wootten, Denise, Furness, Sebastian G. B., Miller, Laurence J., Christopoulos, Arthur and Sexton, Patrick M. (2013). Recent advances in understanding GLP-1R (glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor) function. Biochemical Society Meeting, London, United Kingdom: Portland Press. doi: 10.1042/BST20120236