Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC

About:
Peter Doherty has been involved in research on infection and immunity for over 50 years. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell-mediated immune defence and the biological role of the MHC. He is the first person with a veterinary qualification to win a Nobel Prize and was Australian of the Year in 1997. At the last phase in his scientific career, he spends most of his professional time in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. His research over the past four decades has focused on T cell-mediated immunity in virus infections, particularly with respect to CD8+ “killer” T cell effector function and memory. Apart from his 400+ published reviews and peer-reviewed research papers that can be found on PubMed, he is the author of several “lay” books, namely The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize, A Light History of Hot Air, Their fate is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to our Health and the World, Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know, The Knowledge Wars and more recently The Incidental Tourist. His current focus is increasingly on the public communication of science and on advocating for an evidence-based view of the world.

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