Graham Lieschke is a clinical and research haematologist. He is a clinical haematologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he treats people with leukaemia and lymphoma. He is also runs a research laboratory at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University as a Group Leader and Professor. He is internationally recognised for his research into blood disorders and cancer using zebrafish and mice.
Prof Lieschke received his medical science and medical degrees from the University of Melbourne in 1983. He undertook his specialist clinical training in medical oncology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), obtaining his FRACP in 1991.
His undergraduate laboratory and clinical research cultivated his interest in haematology, and as the first Ludwig Institute/RMH Clinical Fellow, he was part of the team that introduced the white blood cell growth factors into clinical practice. In his PhD project at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (Melbourne Branch), he undertook one of Australia’s first gene knockout projects, proving that G-CSF was a key physiological regulator of granulocyte production.
His postdoctoral training was at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in tumour immunology. He returned to Australia in 1997 as an independent investigator. He established his zebrafish-based research program while at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, and continued this as a Laboratory Head in the Cancer and Haematology Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
His research seeks to exploit the unique strengths of the zebrafish model in genetics, embryology, and for visualizing cell behaviour in vivo to understand blood cell development and diseases.
He has published over 100 scientific papers and co-edited 2 books. Prof. Lieschke is also passionate about the organ and choral music of J.S. Bach, an interest for which he was awarded the 2004 Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship.
1977-1983 Multiple undergraduate university awards for academic excellence
1990-1983 John Maynard Hedstrom Research Fellowship (Cancer Council Victoria)
1994-1995 Bushell Travelling Fellowship in Medicine or the Allied Sciences (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
1994-1996 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Physicians (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
2002 George Hodgson Medal for Medical Science (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research)
1997-2001 Senior Research Fellowship in Medical Sciences in Australia (Wellcome Trust)
2007-2017 Senior Research Fellowship (National Health and Medical Research Council)