BSc, Microbiology and Biochemistry. Monash University. 1970.
PhD, Bacterial pathogenesis and immunity. Monash University. 1978.
MASM, Australian Society for Microbiology. 1978.
BA, Japanese. Monash University.1989.
FASM, Australian Society for Microbiology. 2011.
I completed a BSc in microbiology and biochemistry at Monash University. Then after periods with the National Health Institute, New Zealand and as a Research Assistant with the National Health & Medical Research Council I completed a PhD at Monash on antigens and pathogenesis of Leptospira. After 3 years as an NH&MRC Senior Research Officer I was appointed as Lecturer in Microbiology and then subsequently as Senior Lecturer and Reader before accepting a personal chair in Microbiology at Monash..
In the mid 1980s I also managed to complete a BA degree in Japanese and I reckon I can hold my own in conversation in more than eight languages and ask for a beer in at least ten more! Mind you, this has probably been helped by my background which contains some Romanian, Slovakian and German as well as others I don't know about! Language ability has also been of assistance in pursuing my interests of science, travel, and enjoyment of good food, red wine and Guinness. Along the way I've worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and at the Institute for Public Health and Environment, The Netherlands. My current research interests focus on molecular approaches to vaccine development and to understanding pathogenesis and immunity in bacterial infections. Since 1986 I've been a member of the Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Leptospira of the IUMS and am currently President Elect of The International Leptospirosis Society.
Between 2005-2014 I was Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Structural and Functional Microbial Genomics.