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Biographical entry Colman, Peter Malcolm (1944 - )


Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Biologist, Biomolecular engineer, Medical chemist and Virologist


Dr Peter Malcolm Colman is a biologist and protein specialist. He was an integral member of the CSIRO team that defined the structure of the influenza virus neuraminidase in 1983. This discovery made possible the formulation of the first drugs to be effective against all strains of influenza, Relenza® and Tamiflu™.

In 2001 he left the CSIRO and established the Structural Biology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of which he remains head of staff in 2012.



Award - Philips prize for Honours Physics in 1965, University of Adelaide
1965 - 1969
Education - Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, University of Adelaide
1969 - 1972
Career position - Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oregon, United States of America
1972 - 1975
Career position - Post Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Munich
Award - Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship to study with Professor Hans Freeman at the University of Sydney
1978 - 1989
Career position - Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Protein Chemistry, Parkville
1985 - 1991
Career position - Founding Member of the Board of Directors of Biota Holdings Ltd
1989 - 1997
Career position - Foundation Chief of the CSIRO Division of Biomolecular Engineering
Career event - Foundation Director of the Biomedical Research Institute
c. 1998 - c. 2008
Career position - Founding Member of the Board of Directors of Starpharma Ltd
2001 -
Career position - Head of the Structural Biology Division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville
2001 - 2006
Career position - Fraser Fellowship, Cancer Council of Victoria
Career position - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow

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