Associate Professor Andy Philp is Head of the Biology of Ageing Laboratory and convenor of the centre for healthy ageing at the Centenary Institute. Andy is an internationally recognised expert in studying mitochondrial metabolism, with particular focus on skeletal muscle wasting disorders such as ageing, muscular dystrophy and mitochondrial myopathy. Following post-doctoral training at the University of Dundee (UK) and University of California Davis (USA), Andy established his independent research laboratory in 2012 at the University of Birmingham (UK). He relocated to the Garvan Institute in 2018, prior to joining the Centenary Institute in 2022.
Andy has directly supervised 8 post-doctoral research officers (3 current), 2 clinical research fellows, 7 PhD (1 current), 10 masters students and 41 undergraduate honours project students. He has a proven track record in leading large scientific teams in diverse research disciplines having co-ordinated Wellcome Trust and European Research Council research programs between international collaborators, industry and community stakeholders. Andy has attained $10.1 million AUD in tier 1 grant funding as CIA and $26.4 million AUD as AI. Andy was awarded two NHMRC Ideas grants in 2021, investigating the role of mitochondrial targeted therapies in preventing age-associated muscle weakness and 3D-engineering approaches to model sarcopenia in vitro.
The quality of his work has been acknowledged internationally with New Investigator awards from the BBSRC (UK), American Physiological Society (USA) and RANK prize nutrition (UK). In 2019 Dr Philp was awarded the prestigious Al and Val Rosenstrauss fellowship from the Rebecca Cooper Medical Research Foundation to support his work in Geriatric research, a nationally competitive fellowship awarded to a single recipient annually for a period of four years. Dr Philp has 108 career publications with an H index of 44. His work has resulted in 7201 total citations (4570 in the last 5 years) and an average of over 500 citations a year since 2014.