Uni appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Wednesday, 2 November 2005

The University of Adelaide today announced the appointment of Professor Alan Johnson as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), who will assume the role in February 2006.

Currently Executive Director, Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Australian Research Council (ARC), Professor Johnson succeeds Professor Neville Marsh who has served in this capacity since December 2003.

"Professor Johnson brings a wealth of experience to the University and we are looking forward to working with him," said Professor James McWha, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.

"He has obtained invaluable experience at the ARC; he has played a significant role in strategic planning for the national research effort; and has co-ordinated the ARC's activities in the Biological Sciences and Biotechnology area, among numerous other achievements."

Professor McWha said Professor Johnson is an ideal appointment, who will maintain the University of Adelaide's position as a leading research-intensive university.

Professor Johnson holds a BAppSc from SAIT; a PhD (Flinders University); MA (Hons) (University of Wollongong); MEdMgmt (Flinders) and a DSc (Wollongong).

He has the rare distinction of being elected "Ehrenmitglied" by the Board of the German Society for Parasitology. This honour has only been awarded nine times - his is the first to a non-German - and was received for "being a leading scientist in the field of phylogeny and immunology of apicomplexan parasites; has maintained longstanding scientific co-operations and contacts with several German parasitology groups; and trained several German postdocs in his laboratory."

 

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