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Professor Richard Harvey


Professor Richard Harvey is an internationally renowned scientist working at the forefront of heart developmental and regenerative biology. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of Adelaide, training in molecular biology at the birth of this discipline in Australia. He worked briefly in the biopharmaceutical industry in France, before undertaking postdoctoral studies in embryology with Professor Doug Melton at Harvard University. He returned to Australia in 1998, establishing his own group at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, where he spent the next 10 years.

In 1998, he relocated to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute to become one of its foundation scientists. He is currently Head of the Developmental and Regenerative Biology Division and holds the endowed Sir Peter Finley Professorship of Heart Research at UNSW Sydney. Professor Harvey was Co-Deputy Director of the Institute from 1998 to 2022.

Professor Harvey has dedicated his scientific career to researching the genetic, cellular and molecular basis of heart development and congenital heart disease pathophysiology, and adult cardiac repair and regeneration. His work over 3 decades has been recognised through fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and Royal Society of London. He was formally an NHMRC Australia Fellow. He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers and was co-editor of two seminal texts Heart Development (1999) and Heart Development and Regeneration (2010). In 2017, Professor Harvey was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for services to medicine and scientific leadership roles.

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The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

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