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Dr McCulloch is a Unit Chair and Topic Coordinator within Deakin Medical School with expertise in endocrinology/reproduction and developmental biology. He is committed to delivering a high standard of teaching and learning to medical students and actively incorporates his research nexus, which has a developmental biology focus, into his teaching curriculum to give Deakin Medical Students an integrated understanding of medicine, health and basic science.
Dr McCulloch serves as the Unit Chair of the Year 2 unit: Health and Medical Education, and is the Topic Coordinator of the Topics: Endocrine/Reproduction and Human Life Cycle. He also supervises research degree and honours students.
Dr McCulloch investigates the role of connective tissue (extracellular matrix) remodelling during development and disease. His current focus is on the role that an evolutionary conserved family of enzymes have during skeletal muscle development and injury-repair, as well as other closely associated developmental biology processes. His musculoskeletal biology interests extend to the role connective tissue remodelling plays in muscular dystrophy and arthritis, with research carried out alongside local and international collaborators.
More information about Dr McCulloch's research can be found on the School of medicine web site.
Dr McCulloch has been a past recipient of research presentation awards from local and international organisations including the Australian Biotechnology Association (Queensland division) and the American Society for Matrix Biology (ASMB). He has also received research grants from local and national funding agencies including competitive research grant schemes.
Dr McCulloch is an emerging researcher who is both nationally and internationally recognised, having recently given several research seminars as an invited speaker at prominent local research institutes and national and international conferences. Dr McCulloch also sits on a University Academic Advisory Board and is involved in local community events that promote a healthy start to life and healthy ageing.