Professor Tam recognised for outstanding contribution to understanding our genome

20 February 2019
Congratulations Prof Patrick Tam, on receiving the Julian Wells Medal
Professor Patrick Tam was awarded the prestigious Julian Wells Medal at the 2019 Lorne Genome Conference earlier this week. 

The Julian Wells Medal is awarded to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the organisation and expression of the genome and has made a major influence on the development of this field of research in Australia. 

Professor Patrick Tam heads the Embryology Research Unit and is Deputy Director of Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI).

Professor Tam's research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms, the gene network activity and signalling pathway function underpinning lineage development and tissue patterning during mouse development and the application of the developmental biology principles to study the biological attributes of embryo-derived stem cells. 

He pioneered the application of micromanipulation and embryo culture for analysing mouse embryos and examining the development of the head and embryonic gut.

This in-depth knowledge of cell differentiation during early embryogenesis laid the foundation for directing the differentiation of stem cells into clinically useful cell types for therapy in regenerative medicine. His other current research on functional genomics covers the genetic models of X-linked diseases, craniofacial malformation and developmental defects related to disruption of WNT signalling activity.

Professor Patrick Tam is a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and holds the conjoint appointment as Professor in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health of the University of Sydney, and Mok Hing-Yiu Distinguished Visiting Professor of the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Hong Kong.  

Professor Patrick Tam is also the Chair of the Stem Cells Australia Scientific Advisory Committee

The Julian Wells Medal was established in recognition of the major contributions made by Julian Wells to the development of molecular biology in Australia, to the initiation and success of the Lorne Genome Conference and for his research in understanding genome organisation and function.