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Biographical entry Holmes, Edward Charles (1965 - )


26 February 1965
United Kingdom
Evolutionary biologist and Virologist


Edward Holmes is a world-leading evolutionary biologist whose research focuses on mechanisms for virus evolution and the processes by which RNA viruses jump species boundaries and spread in new hosts. He studies the emergence and molecular epidemiology of pathogens including hepatitis C, avian influenza and dengue fever. Holmes was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015 and of the Royal Society, London, in 2017.



Education - BSc, University College London
Education - DPhil, University of Cambridge
1990 - 1991
Career position - Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Davis, California, U.S.A.
1991 - 1993
Career position - Postdoctoral fellow, University of Edinburgh
1993 - 2004
Career position - Fellow of New College and St Catherine's College, University of Oxford
Award - Scientific Medal, Zoological Society, London
2005 - 2012
Career position - Affiliate Member, Fogarty International Centre, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
2007 - 2012
Career position - Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences and Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar, Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.
Award - Kavli Fellow, National Institutes of Health, U.S.A.
Award - Fogarty International Center Director's Merit Award to the Multinational Influenza Seasonal Mortality Study Team (MISMS), National Institutes of Health, U.S.A.
Award - Faculty Scholars Medal, Life and Health Scientific, Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.
2012 -
Award - Australian Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council
2012 -
Career position - Faculty Member, Marie Bashir Institute for Infections Diseases and Biosecurity, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney
2012 -
Career position - Professor in Biology and Medicine, University of Sydney
Life event - Settled in Australia
2015 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2017 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
2017 -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
Award - Laureate Fellowship, Australian Research Council
Award - New South Wales Premier's Prize for Excellence in Biological Sciences (Ecological, Environmental, Agricultural and Organismal)

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  • Robson, Alexandra K., Production Manager and Editor, Who's who in Australia 2019 (Southbank, Vic.: AAP Directories, 2018), 1788 pp. Details

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