Professor Harald Janovjak

Matthew Flinders Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Harald Janovjak received his undergraduate degree (in 2002) and doctorate degree (in 2005) in biology/biophysics from the Biocenter of the University of Basel and the University of Technology Dresden. After post-doctoral research at the University of California Berkeley as an EMBL Long-Term Fellow and at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Harald joined the Institute of Science and Technology Austria near Vienna as an Assistant Professor in 2011. In 2018, Harald relocated to Australia as an EMBL Australia group leader and Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Monash University. Since 2022, Harald is a Matthew Flinders Professor in Molecular Medical Bioengineering at Flinders University and the head of the Synthetic Physiology Laboratory.

In the course of his independent research career, Harald supervised more than 10 HDR students, published over 60 peer reviewed articles (as a senior author in JACS, EMBO Journal, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Communications, Angewandte Chemie), and attracted $7,100,000 competitive grant funding ($6,000,000 as the lead investigator). Harald is the founding chair of Optogenetics Australia (2018-2022) and an ARC Future Fellow (2022-2025).

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2010-2011 - Post-doctoral researcher, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

2006-2010 - Post-doctoral researcher, University of California Berkeley, USA

2002-2005 - Doctorate, University of Technology Dresden, Germany

1998-2002 - MS, University of Basel, Switzerland

Honours, awards and grants

2022 - Matthew Flinders Professor

2020 - Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council

2018 - Future Research Leader, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation/Macquarie Group Foundation

2018 - Chair, Optogenetics Australia Research Network

2012-2013 - Chair, Executive Committee, Hansgeorg Schindler Young Investigator Award

2011 - Career Integration Grant, European Union Framework Programme 

2011 - Young Investigator Grant, Human Frontier Science Program

2007 - Long-term Fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organization

2007 - Post-doctoral Fellowship, German Research Foundation

2007 - Young Investigator Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation

Supervisory interests
Biomedical engineering
Cancer biology
Cell biology
Molecular biology
Next-generation sequencing
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Biology and Bioengineering (11)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Visiting student

PROMOS Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service - FEB 2020

PhD student

Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute Best Graduate Student Research Award - DEC 2021

PhD student

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia Top-Up Scholarship - MAY 2020

PhD student

EMBL Australia Travel Award - DEC 2018

PhD student

Best Oral Presentation Award, BPS&MPGPCR Meeting - DEC 2018

PhD student

Oral presentation, Gordon Research Seminar "Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease" - MAR 2018

PhD student

Travel Award, Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), Young Scientist Forum - AUG 2017

These are selected HDR Student Awards

in the past five years as of - JAN 2022

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Two fully-funded PhD scholarship positions are currently available in the Janovjak group.

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