About Professor Patrick Tam
Professor Tam's research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of body patterning during mouse development.
Professor Patrick Tam is the Head of the Embryology Research Unit and the Deputy Director at the Children’s Medical Research Institute. He is a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and Professor in the Discipline of Medicine, Sydney Medical School.
Professor Tam's research focuses on understanding when and how the mouse embryo develops in normal circumstances and to study how faults occur during abnormal development. His team studies how cells in the early mouse embryo move and become specialized, correlates this with the genes active in the cells, and analyses the roles of specific genes in developmental processes. Professor Tam pioneered the application of micromanipulation and embryo culture for analyzing mouse embryos and examining the development of the head and embryonic gut. The embryological analysis undertaken by his team has enabled the construction of a series of fate-maps revealing the organization of the basic body plan of the early embryo. His other current research is on X-linked diseases and the genetics of eye development. Professor Tam was awarded the President’s Medal of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Cell and Developmental Biology in 2007 and was elected as a member of the Australian Academy of Science in 2008.