Professor Frank Lovicu

Anatomy & Histology, School of Medical Sciences
Bosch Institute

F13 - Anderson Stuart Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 5170
F: +61 2 9351 2813

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Research interests

Our research is directed at identifying the molecules and mechanisms that govern the behaviour of lens cells of the eye, in health, ageing & disease. Our studies have identified a number of molecules, namely growth factors, that play key roles in both normal and pathological lens development and growth. Currently we are working to gain a better understanding of how these molecules function and how they are regulated in the eye. This is fundamental to identifying new therapeutics for retarding or preventing cataract, one of the most common & costly diseases of ageing.

Current national competitive grants*


Preventing Blindness: Blocking TGFß-induced EMT and Cataract Development
Lovicu F, McAvoy J
NHMRC Project Grants ($332,175 over 3 years)


Lens differentiation and cataract: role of FGF and WNT
McAvoy J, Lovicu F
National Institutes of Health (USA) Research Grant ($817,243 over 4 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney