Professor Alex Hewitt

Head of Clinical Genetics

Professor Alex Hewitt is a clinician-scientist and leads Clinical Genetics research at CERA.

Professor Alex Hewitt

Head of Clinical Genetics

BMedSci (Hons), MBBS, PhD

Professor Alex Hewitt graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2001 and obtained his PhD investigating the molecular and phenotypic associations for open angle glaucoma from Flinders University of South Australia in 2009.

He completed formal ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne in 2011. The following year he was the Novartis Research Fellow at the Lions Eye Institute and was awarded a WA Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

In 2016 and 2018, he received an NHMRC Research Excellence Awards for the top ranked Practitioner Fellowship application and Program Grant application, respectively. His clinics at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital specialise in inherited eye diseases.

Key research questions
  • Why do common and complex eye diseases develop? What are the molecular underpinnings to these diseases?
  • How can emerging biotechnologies be best used to treat inherited blinding disease?

Current projects

Selected publications

My team

Key collaborators

Funding and support

Current projects

  • Single cell transcriptomic profiling to better understand the molecular drivers of glaucoma
  • Applications of gene editing technology to treat mitochondrial diseases
  • Genetic Risk Profiling for glaucoma and macular degeneration

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