Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) & Professor of Physiology

The University of Sydney


Sydney, Australia


Australian National University


Professor John Hearn is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) and Professor of Physiology at The University of Sydney, responsible for international engagement and internationalisation. Awarded his PhD from ANU, he has served 6-7 years each as a researcher, teacher and leader at the Universities of Edinburgh, London UCL, Wisconsin, ANU and Sydney.


A committed international citizen, he has worked extensively in China, India, Thailand, Kenya and Brazil. Currently a member of the steering group of the OECD Bioeconomy 2030 program and the Board of Sports Knowledge Australia, he was until recently Chairman of the Biotechnology Advisory Council to the Australian Government and of the WHO Asia-Pacific Panel in Reproductive Health Research. He has published 170 refereed research papers and edited six books in animal and human fertility, stem cell biology and biotechnology. He was elected President of the International Primatological Society and of the Society for Reproductive Biology.


Professor Hearn first visited China with the World Health Organisation in 1979 and with the World Wildlife Fund in 1981, when he assisted in the new research program for conservation of the giant panda. He initiated and negotiated the award of the Confucius Institute at Sydney and is the Chairman of the Board.