In 2008, Jon joined UQ as Dean and Head of School during a transformational period when the Veterinary School relocated to newly constructed facilities at the UQ Gatton Campus and achieved global accreditation of the UQ veterinary program.
Jonathan has 30 years experience building partnerships and establishing tangible outcomes for the veterinary and animal industries. During his career, Jonathan has acquired and refined leadership and change management skills applicable to public and private institutions, government and business.
Jonathan's academic training is as a reproductive physiologist, a veterinarian, and a specialist in animal reproduction. His research focus is towards the application of innovative reproductive technologies (animal cloning, IVF and stem cells) to animal health and production.
After graduating in 1985 from UQ, Jon enjoyed 10 years in private veterinary practice based in QLD and NSW, including 7 years as a partner in a 4 partner veterinary practice in central-western NSW. In 1995, Jon moved to College Station, Texas to undertake a Theriogenology residency and PhD at Texas A&M University. Jon’s research was in the field of cattle cloning and this research resulted in identification of the major causes of abnormalities in cloned animals and production of the world’s first calf cloned from an adult bull.
In 1999 Jon moved to Ithaca, New York to become a tenure track Assistant Professor at Cornell University. In 2002 Jonathan was recruited from Cornel University to join CSIRO Livestock Industries as a Senior Research Scientist based at Armidale, NSW. Here he established the CSIRO Reproductive Technologies Laboratory and led a large multidisciplinary team to apply stem cell technologies to livestock production. This resulted in an innovative testicular stem cell transfer technique for bulls and rams.
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