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Michael McManus


  • Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Administrator 


Mick McManus was appointed Dean of Academic Programs at The University of Queensland in April 2010. For a short period (Jan 2009 - April 2010) he fulfilled the role of Acting Vice-President International at the University. Prior to this he was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences at The University of Queensland from 1998 until August 2008. He was initially appointed to the University as Foundation Professor of Pharmacology and from 1993 to 1997 served as Head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Professor McManus trained as a pharmacist at Curtin University of Technology and completed his PhD in biochemical pharmacology at the University of Western Australia in 1978. He has held research positions at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, Flinders University in Adelaide and at the National Institutes of Health in the U.S.A. He has been the recipient of a Fogarty International Fellowship/Associateship, an Anti-Cancer Foundation Fellowship of the Universities of South Australia, National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship and an International Union Against Cancer Yamagiwa-Yoshida Study Grant. Professor McManus was President of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT) from 2000-2001 and was Chairperson of the 9th International Congress of Toxicology held in Brisbane in 2001. He is currently a member of the Nomination Committee of the International Union of Toxicology. In recent times, he has led the review of the Bachelor of Science degree at UQ and provided major input into a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) plan for schools in the State of Queensland. During his time as Executive Dean, Professor McManus was also a member of the Boards of three research institutes, two Cooperative Research Centres, a number of spin-out companies, and was Chair of the Queensland Australian-American Fulbright Awards Committee from 2006 " 2008. 


Science education; pharmacology, toxicology 


1. Hempel N, Negishi M, McManus ME. Human SULT1A genes: cloning and activity assays of the SULT1A promoters. Methods Enzymol. 2005) 400:147-65.

2. Gamage, N.U., Barnett, A., Hempel, N., Duggleby, R.G., Windmill, K.F., Martin, J.L., McManus, M.E. Human Sulfotransferases and their role in chemical metabolism. Toxicol Sci. 2006 Mar; 90(1):5-22.

3. Hine, D., Mattick, L., Barnard, R., McManus, M.E. Is Global S&T Built on a House of Cards? Australasian Science, Sept 2006; 27(8), 37-40.

4. McManus, M.E. The Modern University: The complementary and conflicting functions of the four pillars of teaching, research, community services and innovation and commercialisation. International Policies and Practices for Academic Enquiry " An International Colloquium, Marwell, UK, 19-21 April, 2007 (

5. Minchin RF, Lewis A, Mitchell D, Kadlubar FF, McManus ME. Sulfotransferase 4A1. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2008, 40, 2686"2691.