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Biographical entry Berger, Lee (1970 - )

16 January 1970
Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom
Veterinary scientist


Lee Berger is a veterinary scientist. While researching at the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory in the course of attaining her Ph.D., she identified the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis as the cause of major population decline in Australian amphibians. This research has implications for quarantine protocols and the development of recovery programs. In 2018 Berger was awarded the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.



c. 1989 - 1993
Education - Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne
Education - BVSc (hons), University of Melbourne
1994 - 1995
Career position - Veterinarian, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Melbourne
1995 - 2001
Education - Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University and CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory
2001 - 2002
Career position - Employed at National Wildlife Health Centre in Madison, USA
2002 - ?
Career position - Part-time postdoctoral research fellow at James Cook University
Education - PhD, James Cook University
2004 - 2010
Award - ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University
Award - CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement for the discovery of amphibian chytridiomycosis with Alex Hyatt
Award - Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Award for Australian veterinary academic achievement
Award - James Cook University Research Excellence Team Award to Wildlife Biosecurity Team
2011 - 2016
Award - ARC Future Fellow, James Cook University
Award - Tom Thorne and Beth Williams Memorial Award, Wildlife Disease Association and the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
2017 - 2018
Career position - Associate Dean, Research, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences (CPHMVS), James Cook University
Award - Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, Commonwealth of Australia

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