Professor Marc Wilkins

Professor & Director, Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics
2112, L2 East, Bioscience South E26
(+612) 9385 3633
(+612) 9385 1483

Professional Experience

Research Contribution

In 1994, Marc developed the concept of the proteome and coined the term. In 1997 he co-wrote and co-edited the first book on proteomics (4,000+ copies sold). This, and a series of other seminal works, substantially contributed to the establishment of the proteome and of proteome research. Proteomics is the most widely adopted of the new -omics, is now included in biochemistry textbooks and the undergraduate curriculum.

Marc has published >100 peer-reviewed research papers, review papers and book chapters and has edited 2 books.  Marc's research has tackled many of the key issues in proteomics. A particular strength has been the capacity to combine large-scale analytical techniques with complex bioinformatics to open new avenues for biological investigation. Current research interests are (i) the role of protein methylation in the proteome (ii) the dynamics of protein interaction networks and (iii) the analysis of next-generation sequencing data.

Marc directs two centres at UNSW: the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics ( and the NSW Systems Biology Initiative ( These centres are funded by NCRIS, EIF Super Science, ARC LIEF and the NSW State Government Science Leveraging Fund.

Marc co-founded Proteome Systems Pty Ltd in 1999. Recently renamed to Tyrian Diagnostics, this proteomic diagnostics company is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and has developed technology for rapid point-of-care diagnostic testing . Marc is also a co-founder and non-executive Director of Regeneus Pty Ltd, a privately held regenerative medicine company which uses autologous adult stem cells to treat a range of musculoskeletal disorders.

Honours & Awards

  • Elected as Council Member of the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO) 2009-2111.
  • Senior Editor of Proteomics (2004-).
  • Editorial board member of Bioinformatics and Biology Insights, Clinical Proteomics and systems biology journals including Bioinformatics and Biology Insights, Journal of Clinical Bioinformatic Science, Journal of Integrated Omics, Computer Science & Systems Biology Research. Previously served on the editorial board of Electrophoresis (1998-2000).
  • Member of Advisory Boards of ARC Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence (2004-), NHMRC Australian Proteomics Computational Facility (2006-), Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function Analysis (2007-), UNSW Analytical Centre (2007-), Macquarie University Centre of Research Expertise in Biomolecular Frontiers (2010-), Victorian Life Science Computational Initiative (2010-).<!--[endif]-->
  • Member of the Australian Government's Expert Task Force for Bioinformatics (2003-2005).

Active Research Projects


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