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Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS

Trained initially in veterinary science and pathology, Peter Doherty is known for his fundamental research in viral immunity. Jointly with Swiss scientist Rolf Zinkernagel, he was awarded the US Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (1995) and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1996).

Named a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1997 during his tenure as Australian of the Year, he has received numerous other awards, honorary degrees, memberships of national academies and so forth as recognition for his discoveries with Zinkernagel.

Working together at The Australian National University, they revolutionized our understanding of cell-mediated immunity by defining how “killer” lymphocytes recognise their target antigens in combination with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins. That further provided a basic explanation for the biological role of the transplant system.

Until very recently, Doherty split his time between Melbourne and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he formerly chaired the Department of Immunology. Still an active faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, he is currently patron of the eponymous Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University and Melbourne Health.

Over the past two decades, Doherty has engaged with the Australian print and broadcast media, given numerous public lectures and published five “lay” books on aspects of science as part of his advocacy for public education, public health and the importance of an evidence based world view.

Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS

Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS

Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Professor Suzanne Cory AC

Emeritus Professor David de Kretser AC

Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS

Professor Margaret Hamilton AO

Professor The Hon Barry Jones AC

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Emeritus Professor David Penington AC

Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA

Kathryn Greiner AO (Chair)

Carmel Arthur OAM

Professor Nicholas Lintzeris MBBS, FAChAM, PhD

Scott Wilson

Vern White

Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO

David Stewart

Carmel Arthur (Chair)

Shobhana Chetty BSc, M.Acct

Joe Flinn BAcc, CA

Bruce Lanyon B Bus, MBA, FCA, SF Fin

John Ryan
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Karen Gelb
Manager, Research and Policy

Sian Kilgour
Director of Strategic Communications

Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Professor Suzanne Cory AC

Emeritus Professor David de Kretser AC

Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS

Professor Margaret Hamilton AO

Professor The Hon Barry Jones AC

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Emeritus Professor David Penington AC

Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA

Kathryn Greiner AO (Chair)

Carmel Arthur OAM

Professor Nicholas Lintzeris MBBS, FAChAM, PhD

Scott Wilson

Vern White

Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO

David Stewart

Carmel Arthur (Chair)

Shobhana Chetty BSc, M.Acct

Joe Flinn BAcc, CA

Bruce Lanyon B Bus, MBA, FCA, SF Fin

John Ryan
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Karen Gelb
Manager, Research and Policy

Sian Kilgour
Director of Strategic Communications