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Laureate Professor Peter Doherty

Laureate Prof Peter Doherty started off his career as a veterinarian with a bachelor's and master's degrees in veterinary science from the University of Queensland. Following his interest in laboratory-based research, he completed a PhD in pathology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (UK), before returning to Australia to continue his research. His research focusses predominately on the immune responses towards viral infections, and through this work, he discovered along with his colleague Prof Rald Zinkernagal, that T cells interact with their target via the major histocompatibility complex, or MHC, for which they were awarded a Nobel prize. He has received many other prestigious awards throughout his career,  has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and is the patron of the Peter Doherty Institute for infection and immunity here in Melbourne.

Prof Doherty is still active in the research community, the greater scientific community, and is involved in public engagement, promoting evidence-based science to the public via several novels including "A Light History of Hot Air", "The Beginners Guide to Winning a Nobel Prize", "Sentinel Chickens What Birds Tell us About our Health", and "Our World and Pandemics: What everyone needs to know". 

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Associate Professor Joanna Groom

A/Prof Joanna Groom started her science career with bachelors from the University of Melbourne and Charles Sturt University, followed by a PhD at the Garvan Institute and the University of NSW. Following a postdoctoral position at the Harvard/ Massachusetts General Hospital in the USA, she returned to Australia, to the Walter and Eliza Hall institute (WEHI) to continue her research. She is a laboratory head, and her research team studies T cells and their interactions, and how these underpin immune protection and disease. 


In 2021, she published an inspiring sole-author article in Nature Immunology, entitled "Diversity in science requires mentoring for all, by all" sparking formal and general conversations about diversity, inclusivity, and the importance of scientific mentoring.

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