Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett has appointed Peter Klinken as the new chief scientist of Western Australia.
Professor Klinken is regarded for advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia.
His research achievements also include the discovery of a gene that suppresses the growth of tumours.
“The chief scientist provides important input to support the government in building the state’s science industries to achieve future prosperity for West Australians,” Mr Barnett said.
Professor Klinken believed that, while the state’s research sector performed extremely well, it could do better.
“One of the great dreams that I have is seeing this city and this state become a centre of innovation and creativity, a hub of knowledge that can complement the arts, music and cultural scene in western Australia,” Professor Klinken said.
“This opportunity enables me to provide an input into taking the state into the future.”
He also spearheaded the development of two new medical research facilities, the QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands and the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch.
Together, the facilities will house more than 800 researchers.