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Prof Rachel Huxley



Executive Dean


Faculty of Health


Office of Faculty of Health


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 68384


Professor Rachel Huxley was appointed to the role of Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health at Deakin University in October 2019. Prior to this, she was the Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) for the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University, Australia where she was also the Co-Director of the Research Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Disease.

Professor Huxley completed her undergraduate studies at St John’s College, Oxford and obtained her doctorate in epidemiology and public health from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Oxford University and completed her post-doctoral training also in Oxford before relocating to the George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales in 2002, where she continues to hold an honorary professorial appointment. In 2017 she was made a Visiting Professorial Fellow in Epidemiology within the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. 

Between 2002 and 2009, she was awarded three internationally competitive fellowships including the inaugural Career Development Fellowship from the Heart Foundation and the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research.  In 2009, Professor Huxley relocated to the United States where she became a co-investigator on the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Minnesota. In 2013, Professor Huxley returned to Australia to take her the Chair in Epidemiology at the University of Queensland, before moving into the role of Head of School of Public Health at Curtin University in Perth in 2015.  Her research has two main foci; the first is on the determination and quantification of major and modifiable risk factors for chronic disease and sex and ethnic disparities in these relationships; and the second area is in evaluating the health impact of climate change and air pollution. She has published more than 200 research articles, has a H-index of 58 (Web of Science) and currently holds several competitive NHMRC research grants as Principal or Co-Investigator in areas related to obesity, diabetes and women’s health.

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Career highlights

Fellowships & Funding

  • Previous recipient of three competitive fellowships
  • Awarded ~ $2.5 million as CIA and a co-investigator on a further $5 million


  • 1/09 – 09/10 Career Development Award ($400K), New South Wales and National Heart Foundation of Australia. (Relinquished in 2010 following relocation to the United States)
  • 1/03 – 1/06 SESQUI International Postdoctoral Fellowship ($200K); University of Sydney
  • 1/03 – 1/05 International Postdoctoral Fellowship ($200K); Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research

Publications & Invited Presentations

  • > 190 peer-reviewed papers;
  • H-index 66 and > 21,000 citations (Google Scholar April 2019);
  • Field-weighted citation impact of 2.7; 47% of publications are in the top 10% most cited publications worldwide with an average citation count of 22.4
  •  60% of publications published in the top 10% journals by CiteScore Percentile
  • 40% of publications in the top 10% most cited worldwide
  • 47 papers cited > 100 times
  • Invited speaker at 32 international and 16 national meetings (in past 10 years)


Honorary Appointments

  • Visiting Professor in Epidemiology, Nuffield Dept of Population Health, University of Oxford (2017-)
  • Honorary Professor, The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW May 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Curtin University, Perth (since 2015)

Professional activities

Advisory Board Membership (Voluntary)

  • Austin Life Sciences Board
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce, Health Taskforce Committee
  • Centre for Alcohol Policy and Research
  • Olga Tennyson Autism Research Centre
  • Bouverie Centre Advisory Board
  • John Richards Centre
  • Judith Lumley Centre
  • Advisory Board Member, Telethon Kids Institute, Perth
  • Board member for the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne

Academic Service & Leadership Roles (Current)

  • Director of the Academic and Research Collaborative in Health (established March 2019)
  • Program Grant Panel Member for the New Zealand Health Research Council (2014, 2015, 2016, 2019)
  • Member of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance Reference Group (G) – Innovative Study Design and Methodology (2017 -
  • University Academic Board Member, La Trobe University (2017 - )


Current Research Grants

  • 01/16 – 12/18   NHMRC Project Grant (APP1103242) “Obesity, Prediabetes and Diabetes: Maximising the evidence, minimizing the cost” ($483K) Role: CIA.
  • 01/17 - 12/19 NHMRC Project Grant (APP1128231): “The health effects of electronic-cigarettes” $571,260 (CIC)
  • 01/17 – 12/20 NHMRC Project Grant APP1121844: “Leveraging women’s health data resources to reduce chronic disease risk and extend healthspan” $763,845, (CIC)
  • 01/18 – 12/21  NMHRC Project Grant APP1144573: “Monitoring changes in CT scanning usage to minimise cancer risk?” $606,000 (CID)
  • 01/18 – 12/18 Australian Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant: “How well are individuals with CHD  managed in primary care?” ($77,000) (CIA)
  • 05/19 – 04/24 Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Disease (CRE WaND): Prevention and Detection (2019–2024) NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence ($2,495,848) (CIH).