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Peter Klinken

Professor Peter Klinken AC obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from The University of Western Australia in 1982 and was a Fogarty International Fellow at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington, between 1984 and 1986. From there he returned to work at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne as an NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow between 1987 and 1988. In 1989 he became a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia, before being appointed Professor in Clinical Biochemistry in 1994. Between 2000 and 2002 he was the Director of Research at Royal Perth Hospital. His research interests encompass the regulation of red blood cell formation and ability of leukemic cells to develop different features and functions. He also has a long-standing interest in identifying genes which can cause cancer or leukemia. This work is supported primarily by the NHMRC. In 2002 he became the head of WA Institute of Medical Research (later The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research) which he ran until 2014 when Professor Klinken was appointed the new chief scientist of Western Australia by Premier and science minister Colin Barnett.
Bio last updated 16 Oct 2018

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2018
Non-Executive Chair
2018
Non-Executive Chair
2014
Chief Scientist
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