Laureate Professor, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Laureate Professor Aitken’s research career began with a PhD in reproductive biology from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of RV Short. Following post-doctoral positions at the Institute of Animal Genetics, University of Edinburgh and the University of Bordeaux, he joined the World Health Organization in Geneva, where he managed two WHO task forces dealing with novel approaches to fertility regulation. In 1977, he joined the Medical Research Council’s Reproductive Biology Unit, University of Edinburgh, to establish a research group in gamete biology with clinical outreach into male infertility. In 1992, John was awarded an Honorary Professorship within the Faculty of Medicine of Edinburgh University, and in 1995 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1998 he received an ScD degree from the University of Cambridge in recognition of his work in gamete biology and in the same year moved to the University of Newcastle, NSW, as Chair of Biological Sciences and, later, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science an in 2012 was named as NSW Researcher-of-the-Year by the New South Wales Government. He is currently Laureate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Newcastle and has research interests that cover both male and female reproductive physiology.
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