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Biographical entry Kemp, David James (1945 - 2013)

Born
23 July 1945
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
22 November 2013
Occupation
Parasitologist

Summary

Dave Kemp was Head of the Malaria and Scabies Laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. He had expertise in the field of malaria research and in molecular biology in general. In 1983 while working at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Melbourne), he and co-worker Robin Anders were the first to successfully clone plasmodium genes into E. coli bacteria, thus enabling the parasite proteins to be produced in large quantities for research. This was the very first beginnings of a malaria vaccine breakthrough and the start of defining the various malaria antigens and their antigenic diversity. Kemp was also heralded as a co-instigator of the malaria genome project - the first multicentre international basic science collaboration in the field - which was officially launched in 1996.

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1969
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Adelaide
1973
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Adelaide
1973 - 1975
Career position - Research Fellow in Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide (eighteen months)
1975 - 1976
Career position - Research Scientist at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Division of Plant Industry in Canberra
1976 - 1977
Career position - Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow in Biochemistry at Stanford University Medical Center in California, USA
1977 - 1978
Career position - Senior Fellow of the American Cancer Society at the Stanford University Medical Centre in California, USA
1978 - 1985
Career position - Research Fellow then Senior Research Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Parkville, Victoria
1981
Award - Boehringer Medal received from the Australian Biochemical Society
1984 - 1992
Career position - Head of the MacArthur Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
1986 - 1992
Career position - Principal Research Fellow then Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
1990 -
Career position - Member of the Board of Advisors on the Malaria Genome Project at the University of Florida
1990 - 1992
Career position - Member of the Australian Research Council Gene Regulation Panel
1992 - 1993
Career position - Deputy Director of the Menzies School of Health Research and Head of the Molecular Parasitology Unit
1993 -
Career position - Howard Hughes Fellow
1996 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
2003
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government

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Journal Articles

  • Sriprakash, Kadaba S. and Good, Michael F., 'David James Kemp 1945-2013', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 25, 2014, pp. 273-90. Details

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