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Currently Involved in research at Charles Sturt University.

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Dr Martin Pal is an expert in genome editing and CRISPR-technology and has extensive research experience across multiple disease backgrounds (metabolism, exercise, cancers including liver, breast, blood).

Dr Pal received his PhD in Genetics from the University of Cologne, Germany, and before joining Charles Sturt in 2021, Dr Pal performed postdoctoral research at four of Australia’s preeminent medical research institutes (WEHI, JCSMR, Garvan, Baker IDI).

Dr Pal’s research focusses on developing novel genetic models using CRISPR-technology; discovery driven-work with CRISPR-technology for novel drug targets; and developing novel detection methods for domestic zoonotic pathogens using CRISPR Diagnostics.

In addition, Dr Pal played a pivotal role in the generation of the recently launched online learning course “CRISPR 101", which utilises innovative online learning tools to foster community engagement. 

In collaboration with Prof Jade Forwood he is investigating mechanisms of nuclear import for both cancer-driving and tumour-suppressing genes with the aim of finding novel therapeutic avenues.

Dr Pal has successfully obtained research funding throughout his career (Research Fellowship, German Research Foundation, 2014-2016; CSU ECR Grant 2021-2022; CIE NHMRC Ideas Grant 2021-2025; RRC (THRIIVE) 2022-2025).

Please contact Dr Pal for Honours and PhD (pending on scholarship availability) projects.

Research Interests

  • Developing novel genetic models using CRISPR-technology
  • Discovery driven-work with CRISPR-technology for novel drug targets
  • Developing novel detection methods for domestic zoonotic pathogens using CRISPR Diagnostics


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Genetics, PhD

External positions

Honorary, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Subject keywords

  • Cancer


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  • Excellence Award 2021: Successful Graduates

    John, G. (Recipient), Anderson, P. (Recipient), Brimson, R. (Recipient), Brooks, T. (Recipient), Carlisle, C. (Recipient), Fell, R. (Recipient), Geier, C. (Recipient), Gourieroux, A. (Recipient), Guo, Y. (Recipient), Harper, J. (Recipient), Jackson, J. (Recipient), Maathuis-Smith, S. (Recipient), Shaik, R. (Recipient), Spinner, J. (Recipient), Turner, S. (Recipient), Vanniasinkam, T. (Recipient), Vitez, P. (Recipient), Allison, N. (Recipient), Bannister, J. (Recipient), Jagga, B. (Recipient), Foster, J. (Recipient), Maloney, J. (Recipient), McMullen, R. (Recipient), May, E. (Recipient), Pal, M. (Recipient), Roy, K. (Recipient) & Tenhave, L. (Recipient), 2021

    Prize: AwardInternal award