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Biographical entry Murray, Peter Keith (1946 - )

Born
18 May 1946
Scotland
Occupation
Immunoparasitologist, Parasitologist, Veterinary scientist and Veterinary surgeon

Summary

Dr Peter Keith Murray is an internationally renowned veterinary scientist. He has directed national animal health laboratories in England, Australia and the United States.

Details

Murray began his career lecturing and researching trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, in Kenya and Gambia.

Between 1976 and1986, Murray as Director of the Departments of Immunoparasitology and Experimental Pathology at the Merk, Sharp and Dohme Research in New Jersey, where he developed molecular vaccines for disease affecting poultry.

Murray was then appointed Head of the Division of Immunology and Pathology and the Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright Laboratory in the United Kingdom. In this position he conducted research exotic viruses including foot and mouth disease.

Between 1989 and 1998 Dr Murray was Head of the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory and Chairman of the Sub-Committee of Animal Health Laboratory Standards (SCAHLS). During this time he oversaw the landmark identification of the Hendra virus and the development of a focus on biological pest research. He also spearheaded the publication of Australian Standard Diagnostic Techniques, which is now the national laboratory standard.

In 1998 Murray became the Director, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center (NADC), the largest animal health laboratory in the United States of America.

Events

1969
Education - Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow
1969 - 1971
Career position - Lecturer, University of Nairobi, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Medicine, Kabete, Kenya
1971 - 1974
Career position - Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine, Scotland
1974
Education - PhD in parasitology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow
1974 - 1976
Career position - Research Fellow, Medical Research Council (UK) at the MRC Laboratories, Faraja, The Gambia, West Africa
1976 - 1979
Career position - Research Fellow, Department of Animal Infections, Merck, Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, New Jersey, USA
1979 - 1982
Career position - Associate Director, Department of Immunoparasitology, Merck, Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, New Jersey, USA
1982 - 1986
Career position - Director, Departments of Immunoparasitology and Experimental Pathology, Merck, Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, New Jersey, USA
1986 - 1989
Career position - Head, Division of Immunology and Pathology, Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright Laboratory, UK
1989 - 1998
Career position - Deputy Chief, CSIRO Division of Animal Health
1989 - 1998
Career position - Head, CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Geelong
1998 -
Career position - Director, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center (NADC), USA
2006
Award - Doctor of Veterinary Science (Honoris Causa), University of Melbourne

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