Prof Jon Watson



Dean of Medicine


Faculty of Health


School of Medicine


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2015
Master of Arts, University of Cambridge, 2015
Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Aust. Coll.of Physicians, 2015
Bachelor of Surgery, University of Oxford, 2015
Bachelor of Medicine, University of Oxford, 2015

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Professor Jon Watson is Head of the School of Medicine at Deakin University.


Prof Watson was educated in the UK, and then attended Cambridge University for his undergraduate degree in medicine, and Oxford University for his clinical studies. After House Jobs in Oxford and Bath, he went to London for a year (Hammersmith and Queen Square Hospitals), before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England for his specialist training in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and General Medicine. Whilst working in Newcastle upon Tyne he was awarded a PhD for studies into liver disease.


He migrated to Australia in 1997 with his family. Since then, he has worked in Ballarat, Stawell, Newcastle NSW, and now Geelong. He also has clinical appointments at University Hospital Geelong, Geelong Private Hospital, St John of God Hospital (Geelong and Ballarat), the Ballarat Day Procedure Centre, and Stawell Hospital.


Prof Watson has maintained an active research interest in Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) related liver disease having published on HCV in peer reviewed journals, and presented on HCV at national and international meetings for the last 20 years, and has been Meeting Organiser (twice) for the Australian Gastroenterology Society's annual meeting. He is also a member of the National Examining Panel of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.


Prof Watson is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is fully accredited in Endoscopy (Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy, ERCP and Capsule Endoscopy) and has Specialist Recognition by the Australian Medical Board to practice in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and General Medicine.

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Professor Jon Watson is Head of the School of Medicine at Deakin University


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Neocarzinostatin, aptamer conjugates for targeting EpCAM-positive tumor cells

P Athyala, J Kanwar, S Chitipothu, R Kanwar, S Krishnakumar, J Watson, J Narayanan

(2017), Vol. 37, pp. 3615-3629, Anticancer research, Kapandriti Attica, Greece, C1


Probing the biophysical interaction between Neocarzinostatin toxin and EpCAM RNA aptamer

P Athyala, J Kanwar, M Alameen, R Kanwar, S Krishnakumar, J Watson, U Vetrivel, J Narayanan

(2016), Vol. 469, pp. 257-262, Biochemical and biophysical research communications, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Nurse-led clinic: effective and efficient delivery of assessment and review of patients with hepatitis B and C

M Biddle, N Adler, S Heath, S Streat, M Wardrop, J Watson

(2014), Vol. 44, pp. 581-585, Internal Medicine Journal, Richmond, Vic., C1


Hepatitis C virus treatment in the 'real-world': how well do 'real' patients respond?

N Friedman, J Green, H Weber, S Stephen, S Lane, A Ting, J Watson

(2014), Vol. 4, pp. 214-220, Journal of clinical and experimental hepatology, Gurgaon, India, C1


Chronic hepatitis C

J Watson, C Hair

(2008), Vol. 9, pp. 66-67, Medicine today, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Support Funding Appointment for to Head of Research at OrthoSport Victoria Research Unit.

Prof Jon Watson

  • 2017: $150,000
  • 2016: $45,000
  • 2015: $100,000
  • 2014: $100,000
  • 2013: $50,000


Associate Supervisor

Prasanna Kumar Athyala

Thesis entitled: Oligonucleotide-Conjugates for Targeting EpCAM Positive Tumor Cells

Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine