Prof Nick Hoogenraad AO

Prof Nick Hoogenraad completed a PhD in Biochemistry in 1969. He commenced his lifelong interests in medical research when he joined the Pediatric department at Stanford University in 1969 as a post doc and in 1971 as an Assistant Professor in Human Biology. He returned to Australia in 1974 to join the new department of Biochemistry at La Trobe University and returned to the Biochemistry department in Stanford in 1979 as a visiting professor.

In 1990 he was awarded a Personal chair in Biochemistry and became Head of Biochemistry at La Trobe in 1993. Professor Hoogenraad was appointed Head of the School of Molecular Sciences at La Trobe University in 1998. He helped establish the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science and became its Executive Director. In 2010 he was awarded a Charles La Trobe Distinguished chair in Biochemistry.

He is internationally known for his work on mitochondrial biogenesis, discovering a new mitochondrial stress response, and has won many major awards for research. He has been active in translational research in the Cooperative Research Centres for Diagnostic Technologies, the CRC for Diagnostics and the CRC for Biomarker Translation.