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Dr Adam Hart Lecturer, Genetics

Dr Hart is an early career researcher with a growing local and international reputation for research excellence in the field of molecular regulation of stem cells and cancer, focussing on the transcription factors that control pluripotency and lineage commitment in embryonic, germline and haematopoietic stem cells. Dr Hart received his honours degree, and doctorate from the Monash Institute for Medical Research, in Melbourne Australia, where he investigated the genetic basis of beta thalassemia in Micronesia and the genetic cause of leukaemia in Downs' Syndrome. Dr Hart's postdoctoral studies in developmental genetics and cancer were conducted at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto, Canada.

The Hart laboratory, within the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Genetics department, uses genetically modified mice and stem cell lines to discover the common molecular mechanisms regulating stem cells and cancer. During the last 10 years, Dr Hart has published many high impact original research papers, in the highest ranked journals such as Nature Genetics, PNAS, J. Ex. Med., Stem Cells, Development and CANCER (Average impact factor = 9.0, Av. Cited = 62, total citations >1600). Dr Hart is an active member of the scientific community, holding elected positions in the Australian Society for Medical Research, Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology and ARC/NHMRC Network in Genes and Environment in Development. Dr Hart is an adjunct research fellow of the Monash University, Anatomy and Developmental Biology Department.

Dr Hart's research is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Australian Lymphoma and Leukaemia Group, the Australian Stem Cell Centre and the Victorian Life Science Computation Centre.

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