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Biographical entry Colman, Peter Malcolm (1944 - )

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Born
3 April 1944
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Biologist, Biomolecular engineer, Medical chemist and Virologist

Summary

Peter Colman is a biologist and protein specialist whose research interests are in structural biology. 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.

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1965
Award - Philips prize for Honours Physics in 1965, University of Adelaide
1965
Education - BSc, 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
1975
Award - Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship to study with Professor Hans Freeman at the University of Sydney
1977
Career position - Embo Fellow, Max Planck Institute, Munich, Germany
1977 - 1978
Career position - Principal Researcher, National Health and Medical Research Council, University of Sydney
1978 - 1989
Career position - Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Protein Chemistry, Parkville
1984
Award - Inaugural Frederick White Prize, Australian Academy of Science
1984 - 1987
Career position - Member, National Committee for Biophysics, Australian Academy of Science
1985
Award - Medal for Research Achievement, CSIRO
1985 - 1991
Career position - Founding Member of the Board of Directors of Biota Holdings Ltd
1986
Award - Royal Society of Victoria Medal
1988 -
Career position - Member, Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network
1988
Award - Lemberg Lecturer and Medallist, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1988 - 1998
Career position - Professorial Associate, University of Melbourne
1989 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1989 - 1997
Career position - Foundation Chief of the CSIRO Division of Biomolecular Engineering
1990
Career event - Foundation Director of the Biomedical Research Institute
1990 - 1992
Career position - Member, Board of Directors, Gene Shears Pty Ltd
1990 - 1992
Career position - Member, National Committee for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian Academy of Science
1990 - 1992
Career position - Member, Sectional & Committee (Cellular and Molecular Biology Fellowship), Australian Academy of Science
1991
Award - Burnet Medallist and Lecturer, Australian Academy of Science
1992 - 1995
Career position - Council Member (representing biological sciences), Australian Academy of Science
1996
Award - Australia Prize for excellence in pharmaceutical design (shared)
1997 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1997 - 2008
Career position - Founding Member of the Board of Directors of Starpharma Ltd
1998 - 2003
Career position - Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
1998 - 2008
Career position - Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University
1999
Award - James Cook Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
1999 - 2000
Career position - Member, National Committee for Crystallography, Australian Academy of Science
2000
Award - DSc (honoris causa), University of Sydney
2001 -
Career position - Board Member, Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health
2001 -
Career position - Head of the Structural Biology Division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in structural biology
2001 - 2006
Career position - Fraser Fellowship, Cancer Council of Victoria
2002
Career position - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow
2002 - 2005
Career position - Member, National Committee for Crystallography, Australian Academy of Science
2004
Award - Mayne Florey Medal, Australian Institute of Political Science
2005 - 2011
Career position - Member, Executive Committee, International Union of Crystallography
2007 - 2010
Career position - Member, Sectional 3 Committee (Chemistry Fellowship), Australian Academy of Science
2008
Award - Victoria Prize, Victorian Government
2008 - 2011
Career position - Vice-President, International Union of Crystallography
2009 - 2013
Career position - Board Member, Australian Synchroton
2010
Award - Honorary Doctorate, University of Adelaide
2012
Award - Bragg Medal, Society of Crystallographers in Australian and New Zealand
2013 - 2015
Career position - Member, Sectional 3 Committee (Chemistry Fellowship), Australian Academy of Science
2014 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
2017
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to medical research, particularly in the fields of structural biology and medicinal chemistry, as a leader in the commercial translation of scientific discoveries, to professional organisations, and as a mentor of young scientists

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