Professor Gregory Blatch
Dean, College of Health & Biomedicine
Gregory Blatch is Professor and Dean of the College of Health & Biomedicine, Victoria University (VU) (2013-present). Previous to this appointment, he was Head of the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, VU (2011-2012). Professor Blatch also currently serves as the Chair of the VU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC; since 2013).
His broad area of expertise is in biochemistry and molecular biology, and he has over 20 years of experience working at various levels within a range of universities across the globe. Prior to joining VU he has held various leadership and management roles at the University of the Witwatersrand and Rhodes University (South Africa). He has also previously held Visiting Professorships at international universities (e.g. University of the Saarland, Germany). He has taught into large service courses (e.g. biological chemistry) as well as specialised units of study (e.g. protein engineering), and been instrumental in cross-disciplinary curriculum design at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level (e.g. bioinformatics). His teaching and professional contributions to the disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology have been recognised through various awards and nominations (e.g. the award of 2008 South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SASBMB) Gold Medal).
Professor Blatch has a keen interest in how organisms protect themselves from stress, and the application of this knowledge for improved health or prevention of disease (e.g. cancer) and infection (e.g. malaria). His research falls within the broad field of stress biology, and he was awarded a Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship (UK) for biomedical aspects of his research (2002-2007). He established and served as Director (2008-2010) of the Biomedical Biotechnology Research Unit at Rhodes University. He has maintained strong collaborative links with staff at Rhodes University, where he holds an honorary appointment as Visiting Professor (2011-2016).
At VU he has played a foundational leadership role in the formation of the CCD, which will be a key vehicle for the development of research capacity in the College.
Professor Blatch has a strong vision for the development of the College, with the integration of teaching and research central to this vision. The College Strategic Plan was developed in 2013, and is currently being implemented in alignment with the VU Strategic Plan.
Professor Blatch has produced over 100 peer-reviewed publications (h-index=27, Scopus).
Professor Blatch has supervised to completion 23 PhD and 26 MSc students.
Professor Blatch has been awarded a number of research grants as Chief Investigator from local, national and international funding agencies (e.g. Wellcome Trust and German Research Foundation).
Areas of expertise
- Molecular Biology
- Stress biology