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Title: Research Associate and Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases
Work: Curtin University, Malvern, Australia
John Mackenzie is a part-time Research Associate and Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases at Curtin University, Western Australia, where he had also been the inaugural Premier’s Research Fellow and Deputy CEO of the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre.
He is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Honorary Senior Principal Fellow at the Burnet Institute, Melbourne. Previous appointments have included Professor of Microbiology at the University of Queensland from 1995-2004, and a member of the Department of Microbiology, University of Western Australia from 1973-94. He was elected as Secretary-General of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) from 1999-2005, as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and has been Past President of the Australian Society for Microbiology and of the Asian-Pacific Society for Medical Virology. He was the recipient of the D I Ivanovsky Medal of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Distinguished Service Award of Australian Society for Microbiology (1999) and the Excellence in Virology Award of the Asian-Pacific Society for Medical Virology (2000). In 2002, he was appointed as Officer in the Order of Australia for services to public health research and to education.
He was the inaugural recipient of the Academy of Science Malaysia’s Mahathir Science Award for Excellence in Tropical Research in 2005. He serves as a member of the steering committee of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network of WHO, as a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the WHO Asia-Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, and served as Chair of the WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for the Pandemic H1N1 influenza. His recent research interests have been in mosquito-borne virus diseases and emerging zoonotic viruses, and he has published over 300 major papers and research chapters on these and other research topics concerned with human and animal viral diseases.