Professor Andy Hill is internationally renowned for his ground-breaking work in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Prion Diseases, and in the field of extracellular vesicles. His research addresses some of the major health challenges of the twenty-first century.

As the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Impact, Professor Hill has a critical role in leading Victoria University's strategy for 'Research with Impact' with a focus on diversifying the applied research program, ethical commercialisation and embedding 'Protecting Country' principles.

Before Victoria University, Professor Hill held several leadership roles at La Trobe University. Most recently, he was the Associate Provost Research and Industry Engagement (Science, Health and Engineering) and responsible for the strategic leadership of research and developing partnerships and increasing research productivity.

He has also been Director of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science and Head of the Department of Biochemistry. During that time, he established the La Trobe Research Centre for the Study of Extracellular Vesicles (RCEV) and was its inaugural Director. In addition, Professor Hill has held positions at University College London and the University of Melbourne as a Wellcome Trust Prize Travelling Research Fellow, ARC Future Fellow, and recipient of several NHMRC Research Fellowships from 2002-2016.

Some of his career accomplishments include:

  • Attracting more than $52 million in research funding as a Chief Investigator over the course of his career
  • An h-index of 81
  • >33,000 citations of his work
  • Over 200 publications
  • Continuous funding through NHMRC and ARC grants and many other related research awards
  • Being the first researcher in the country to establish a green research lab and obtain Green Level certification (highest level) for sustainability from My Green Labs.

Professor Hill gained his BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and his PhD at Imperial College, London.

Portfolios

VU Research, including research institutes and centres:

  • Institute of Sport & Health
  • Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
  • Mitchell Institute
  • Centre of Policy Studies
  • Centre for International Research in Education Systems

Other portfolio areas of responsibility:

Contact details

Steve Gauci, Executive Officer
+61 (3) 9919 5006

Research Activity

Professor Hill has over 200 publications with a selection listed here. 

A more comprehensive list is available on Andy's website or his Google Scholar page

Spiers JG, Tan LS, Anderson ST, Hill AF, Lavidis NA, Chen H-JC. Hepatic Homeostasis of Metal Ions Following Acute Repeated Stress Exposure in RatsAntioxidants. 2022, 11(1), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox11010085

Witwer KW, Goberdhan DC, O’Driscoll L, Théry C, Welsh JA, Blenkiron C, Buzás EI, Di Vizio D, Erdbrügger U, Falcón-Pérez JM, Fu QL, Hill AF, Lenassi M, Lötvall J, Nieuwland R, Ochiya T, Rome S, Sahoo S, Zheng L. Updating MISEV: Evolving the minimal requirements for studies of extracellular vesicles. J Extracell Vesicles. 2021 Dec;10(14):e12182. doi: 10.1002/jev2.12182.

Bitto NJ, Zavan L, Johnston EL, Stinear TP, Hill AF, Kaparakis-Liaskos M. Considerations for the Analysis of Bacterial Membrane Vesicles: Methods of Vesicle Production and Quantification Can Influence Biological and Experimental Outcomes. Microbiology Spectrum; Volume 9  Issue 3  e01273-21.

Couch Y, Buzas EI, Di Vizio D, Gho YS, Harrison P, Hill AF, Lotvall J, Raposo G, Stahl PD, Thery C, Witwer KW, Carter DRF. A brief history of nearly EV-erything – The rise and rise of extracellular vesicles. J Extracellular Vesicles 2021 https://doi.org/10.1002/jev2.12144

Espejo C, Wilson R, Willms E, Ruiz-Aravena M, Pye RJ, Jones ME, Hill AF, Woods GM, Lyons AB. Extracellular vesicle proteomes of two transmissible cancers of Tasmanian devils reveal tenascin-C as a serum-based differential diagnostic biomarker. Cell Mol Life Sci 2021 Oct 16. doi: 10.1007/s00018-021-03955-y.

Recognition & Awards

2020 – International Society for Extracellular Vesicles Special Achievement Award
2019 – Merck Research Excellence Medal (from ASBMB)
2010 – Australian Research Council Future Fellow (FT3)
2010 – National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow
2008 – Young Investigator Award, Asia-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry
2008 – National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow (CDAII)
2007 – Young Investigator Award, International Society for Neurochemistry
2006 – Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award
2005 – Young Investigator award Lorne Conference on Protein Structure
2005 – Sigma Aldrich-IUBMB Fellowship
2005 – Applied Biosystems Edman Award (from ASBMB)
2004 – Young Investigator award International Society for Neurochemistry
2003 – National Health and Medical Research Council RD Wright Fellow
2000 – Wellcome Trust Prize International Travelling Research Fellowship

Professional Positions

2021-current – Editor in Chief, Journal of Extracellular Biology
2017-2021 – Member, Australian Research Council College of Experts
2016-2020 – President, International Society for Extracellular Vesicles
2013-current – Associate Editor, Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
2003-current – Member, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2014-2016 – Executive Chair (Communications), International Society for Extracellular Vesicles
2013-2015 – Member, Australian Research Council College of Experts
2012-2014 – Elected Member, Executive Board, International Society for Extracellular Vesicles
2010-2012 – Member, National Health and Medical Research Council Academy
2007-2009 – Member and Chair, National Health and Medical Research Council Grant Review Panel