Professor Grant Morahan

Professor Grant Morahan has a doctorate from the University of Melbourne and worked at Scripps Clinic, USA. He led a research team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne working on the genetics of complex diseases and researching Type 1 diabetes and immune tolerance.  In 2005, he was appointed Inaugural Diabetes Research Professor at the University of Western Australia, and Scientific Director of the Clinical Sciences Division at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Perth.

Prof Morahan’s research has included antibody immunochemistry, immune tolerance, immunogenetics, and genetics of complex genetic diseases, especially type 1 diabetes. Research highlights include identifying IL12B as a susceptibility gene affecting diseases of immune dysregulation including severe childhood asthma and cerebral malaria; invention of the term ‘Systems Genetics’; and an international collaboration resulting in the discovery of 50 genes causing T1D. He has over 200 scientific papers, including in Nature, Science, Lancet, Nature Genetics, Diabetes and PNAS.