Professor Robert Flower

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Prof Robert Flower

National Research Program Leader

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Sydney Medicine Northern Clinical School Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology

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Robert’s research focuses broadly on transfusion safety, with teams using in vivo and in vitro models to investigate impacts of transfusion as well as application of genotyping to improve matching of blood for patients.

He has a strong commitment to education and teaches university undergraduate and medical advanced trainees. He’s supervised completion of more than 87 postgraduate students.

Robert has over 400 papers and published abstracts in transfusion, virology and molecular genetics in the scientific literature.

  • Peter Schiff Award from the Australia and New Zealand Society for Blood Transfusion (2019). A recognition of lifetime achievement in research and education in Blood Transfusion.
  • QUT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (2018) in recognition of sustained performance and outstanding achievement in community partnership.
  • Foundation fellow of Royal College of Pathologists Faculty of Science
  • NATA assessor for Transfusion

Key publications

The genomic landscape of blood groups in Indigenous Australians in remote communities
Jadhao S, Hoy W, Lee S, Patel HR, McMorran BJ, Flower RL, Nagaraj SH
Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Characterize Clinically Significant Blood Groups Among Healthy Older Australians
Jadhao S, Davison C, Roulis EV, Lee S, Lacaze P, Riaz M, McNeil JJ, Thomas DM, Pecheniuk NM, Hyland CA, Flower RL
Blood Advances
The distribution of MNS hybrid glycophorins with Mur antigen expression in Chinese donors including identification of a novel GYP.Bun allele
Wei L, Shan ZG, Flower RL, Wang Z, Wen JZ, Luo GP, Ji YL
Vox Sang
SARA: a "new" low-frequency MNS antigen (MNS47) provides further evidence of the extreme diversity of the MNS blood group system
McBean RS, Hyland CA, Hendry JL, Shabani-Rad MT, Flower RL
Sixty years of antibodies to MNS system hybrid glycophorins: what have we learned?
Heathcote DJ, Carroll TE, Flower RL
Transfus Med Rev

* This research was completed prior to starting with Lifeblood