Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) - Professor Mike Ryan

Professor Ryan is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Monash University, where he is responsible for leading and supporting Monash’s current and future research agenda, fostering excellence and collaboration and promoting Monash’s research capabilities, global reputation and profile.

Professor Ryan currently heads the Mitochondrial Biology and Disease Laboratory in the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute. His research seeks to understand mitochondrial disease pathogenesis and to contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures of mitochondrial disorders. His projects use a variety of techniques including gene editing, proteomics and cell and mouse models to investigate and characterise the gene products involved in mitochondrial disease and dynamics.

His work is currently funded by grants from the ARC, NHMRC, MRFF and charitable foundations. He has published extensively in top-tier publications including Nature and Science, and has served as a member on a number of editorial boards. He was a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and was awarded the Roche Medal from the ASBMB.

Prior to his appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Ryan was the Academic Director (Research Infrastructure). He has also previously held the position of Deputy Dean (Research and Research Infrastructure) in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Before coming to Monash, Professor Ryan was Head of the Department of Biochemistry at La Trobe University and was President of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). He served as a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences’ National Committee for Biomedical Sciences, and the Research Grant Committee and Selection Grant Committee of the International Human Frontier Science Program Organisation.

Professor Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD in Biochemistry from La Trobe University.