Professor Peter Doherty, FRS
Laureate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology,
University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Victoria 3010, Australia.
Phone: +61 3 8344 7968/Fax: +61-3 8344 7990
Professor Peter Doherty, AC is an Australian-born immunologist who works in the general area of immunity to viruses. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with his Swiss Colleague, Rolf Zinkernagel, for discovering "the nature of the cellular immune defense". He was Australian of the Year in 1997, and has (since 1998) been commuting between St Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH) in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. He recently returned to spend the majority of his year in Australia, holding appointments as Laureate Professor in this university and as a Burnet Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council. Over the subsequent 25+ years he has led substantial research efforts in viral immunology at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, SJCRH, and is now developing a new program in Melbourne.