About Our Patron

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Immunologist Laureate Professor, Peter Doherty is the namesake and Patron of the Institute. For over 50 years, Professor Doherty has dedicated his life to science with a vision to improve global health, well-being and prosperity. He is one of Australia’s most highly respected scientists.

Hear what our Patron has to say about the Peter Doherty Institute.

In 1996, Professor Doherty and his Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how the immune system recognises virus-infected cells.

Professor Doherty was Australian of the Year in 1997 and has attracted many prestigious international awards, including the Paul Ehrlich Prize (1983), the 1986 Gairdner International Award for Medical Science, and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (1995). Since 1983, he has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Doherty is based at Melbourne University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology and since 1985 has been a member of the Department of Immunology at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Professor Doherty is the author of several books, including: Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health And Our World (2012), A Light History of Hot Air (2007) and The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize (2005).

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