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Professor Tony Perkins

PhD London, M.Phil Griffith, B.Sc. Griffith

  • Foundation Dean of Health
+61 7 5456 5093
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Sunshine Coast
Professor Tony Perkins

Professor Tony Perkins was appointed as the Foundation Dean of Health at UniSC in October 2022. He was previously the Head of Medical Sciences (2008-12) and the Dean Academic (2012-2018) at Griffith University. He completed his doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the Nuffield Dept of Obstetrics at the University of Oxford and his PhD was awarded through the United Medical and Dental Schools at the University of London. More recently he was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Trophoblast Research at the University of Cambridge (2019).

Professor Perkins is a biochemist with particular interests in placental mitochondria and antioxidant enzyme systems. His research is focused on placental dysfunction in complications of pregnancy such as fetal growth restriction, preterm birth and preeclampsia. He has published over 130 papers and raised more than $5 million in research funding. His work is widely cited (approx. 4800) with a H index of 39. Professor Perkins has an international reputation in placental biology / biochemistry and has been invited on many occasions to present at International and National meetings. He is the current Australasian Editor for the journal Placenta and on the editorial board for Nutrients. He has supervised many Research Higher degree students many of whom have gone onto successful academic careers.

Professional memberships
  • International Federation of Placental Research Associations
  • Aust and NZ Placental Research Association
  • Australian Society for Reproductive Biology
  • Society for Free Radical Research - Australasia
Awards / Fellowships
  • Fellow of QLD Academy of Arts and Science
Professional socia media


Potential HDR supervisor projects:

  • Placental Organoids for understanding Mitochondrial function
Research grants
Grant / project name Investigators Funding body & A$ value Year(s) Focus (of research grant)
Targeting micronutrients to tackle pregnancy disorders: an integrated approach Roberts C, Dekker G, Zhou S, Perkins A, Grieger J, Leemaqz S

NHMRC Project Grant

$1.1 million
2019-2021 Examining trace element function in gestational disorders
Metabolomics to identify pregnancies at risk of fetal growth restriction or preeclampsia Kaitu-u-Lino TU, Perkins A, McKeating D, MacDonald T, Walker S

Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation

2019-2021 Using metabolomics to diagnose gestational disorders.
Macro and Micronutrient profiling of pregnant women Perkins A, McKeating D

Allen Foundation (US)

$129 498
2019-2021 Profiling trace elements in gestational disorders
Predicting placental dysfunction outcomes with biochemical,cardiovascular and ultrasound markers

Prof Fabricio da Silva Costa, A/Prof Karl Kristensen, Prof Anthony Perkins, Prof David Ellwood, Dr Olivia Holland, Dr Kristen Palmer, Dr Daniel Rolnik


Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

$92 000
2021-2022 Establishment of a placental health clinic

Predicting pre-eclampsia and placental insufficiency with biochemical, cardiovascular and ultrasound markers. 

Prof David Ellwood, Prof Fabricio da Silva Costa, A/Prof Karl Kristensen, Prof Anthony Perkins, Dr Olivia Holland, Dr Kristen Palmer, Dr Daniel Rolnik 

Griffith University

$69 457
2021-2022 Improved diagnosis of placental dysfunction


Research areas

  • Placental biology
  • Mitochondrial structure and function
  • Oxidative stress
  • Gestational disorders

Specialist areas of knowledge include Placental Biology, complications of pregnancy, oxidative stress.

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