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Biographical entry Hyatt, Alexander Duncan (Alex) (1952 - )

Born
1952
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Physiologist, Virologist and Zoologist

Summary

Alexander Hyatt is a specialist in the identification of exotic animal viruses and other diseases. He has identified many viruses of serious threat to Australian and worldwide animal populations including the Hendra virus, Pilchard herpes virus, Australian bat lyssavirus, Kangaroo blindness virus, as well as many fish viruses and the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a fungus which he found to be a major contributor to the decline in frog populations worldwide. His expertise in viruses has also allowed him to focus on the development of possible biological controls for the introduced Australian pest, the cane toad.

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1977
Education - BSc (Hons) degree from La Trobe University
1981 - 1982
Career position - Lecturer at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education
1982 - 1984
Career position - ARGC Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, La Trobe University
1984 - c. 2009
Career position - Project Leader Electron Microscopy, CSIRO Division of Animal Health
1992
Career event - Worked at the University of Oxford, UK, on the structure of the Bluetongue virus
2000
Award - Australian Government Award (AQIS) for excellence in diagnosis
2006
Award - 'Environmental Prize' by Geelong City
2008
Award - CSIRO 'Science Service Award'
2008
Career position - Research Program Manager, Emergency Disease Response, CSIRO Division of Animal Health

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