Richard Harvey (scientist)

Richard Paul Harvey AM FRS[1] is a molecular biologist, the Sir Peter Finley professor of Heart Research at the University of New South Wales and Deputy Director and Head of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.[2][3][4]

Richard Harvey

Richard Harvey at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide (PhD)
AwardsEMBO Member (1988)
Scientific career
FieldsMolecular biology
ThesisThe isolation and characterisation of chicken histone genes (1981)
Doctoral advisorJ.R.E. Wells


Harvey was educated at the University of Adelaide, where he received his PhD in 1982 for research on histone genes supervised by J.R.E. Wells.[5][6][7]

Career and research

Following his PhD, Harvey was a postdoctoral researcher in embryology at Harvard University with Douglas A. Melton,[8][9] and then moved to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, establishing an independent group. In 1998, he relocated to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, where he is Co-Deputy Director and Head of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division.[1]

His research focuses on the genetic basis of heart development, pathological mechanisms underlying congenital heart disease, biology and origins of adult cardiac stem cells, and cardiac regeneration.[1]

Awards and honours

Harvey is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science[when?] and was elected a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 1988.[10] He has been awarded the Julian Wells Medal, President's Medal (Australia and New Zealand Society of Cell and Developmental Biology) and Lemberg Medal (Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), and New South Wales Ministerial Prize for Cardiovascular Research. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.[1]

In 2017 Harvey was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine in the field of cell biology and cardiovascular research, and through scientific leadership roles.[11]


  1. Anon (2016). "Professor Richard Harvey FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 29 April 2016. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:
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  2. Richard Harvey publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  3. "Professor Richard Paul Harvey". Darlinghurst, New South Wales: Archived from the original on 7 March 2016.
  4. Santini, Maria Paola; Forte, Elvira; Harvey, Richard P.; Kovacic, Jason C. (2016). "Developmental origin and lineage plasticity of endogenous cardiac stem cells". Development. 143 (8): 1242–1258. doi:10.1242/dev.111591. PMC 4852509. PMID 27095490.
  5. Harvey, Richard Paul (1981). The isolation and characterization of chicken histone genes (PhD thesis). University of Adelaide. hdl:2440/20841. OCLC 222750388.
  6. Crawford, R. J.; Krieg, P.; Harvey, R. P.; Hewish, D. A.; Wells, J. R. E. (1979). "Histone genes are clustered with a 15-kilobase repeat in the chicken genome". Nature. 279 (5709): 132–136. doi:10.1038/279132a0. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 440417.
  7. Harvey, R.P.; Robins, A.J.; Wells, J.R.E. (1982). "Independently evolving chicken histone H2B genes: identification of a ubiquitous H2B-specific 5′ element". Nucleic Acids Research. 10 (23): 7851–7863. doi:10.1093/nar/10.23.7851. ISSN 0305-1048. PMC 327051. PMID 6296794.
  8. Harvey, R.P.; Melton, D.A. (1988). "Microinjection of synthetic Xhox-1A homeobox mRNA disrupts somite formation in developing Xenopus embryos". Cell. 53 (5): 687–697. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(88)90087-6. PMID 2897242.
  9. Rebagliati, M.R.; Weeks, D.L.; Harvey, R.P.; Melton, D.A. (1985). "Identification and cloning of localized maternal RNAs from xenopus eggs". Cell. 42 (3): 769–777. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(85)90273-9. PMID 2414011.
  10. "EMBO member: Richard P. Harvey". Heidelberg:
  11. "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (A-L)" (PDF). 2017 Australia Day Honours List. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.