Emeritus Professor John McKenzie AM FAA

BSc Biological Sciences (Hons) 1970; PhD Genetics 1974

Emeritus Professor John McKenzie is an eminent scientist, regarded as a world leader in ecological and evolutionary genetics. John has served on numerous boards including Bio 21 and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. John is a visionary leader and passionate advocate for science education and is highly regarded for his mentoring of the next generation of scientists, teachers and research supervisors. He has excelled in his role as Secretary for Education and Public Awareness of the Australian Academy of Science, where he pioneered an innovative science program being used in most Australian primary schools today.


Having endured more than 40 years of significant health issues, John has used his personal experience to help others facing cancer, chemotherapy and liver transplantation. As a graduate John has made significant contributions to La Trobe University. He has served as deputy vice-chancellor and as a council member. In 1999 he became the first La Trobe graduate to be elected to the Australian Academy of Science.

Emeritus Professor John McKenzie AM, FAA