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Professor Paul Gorry receives prestigious ARC Future Fellowship

Tracy Parish

06 August, 2012

Paul Gorry awarded ARC Future Fellowship

Professor Paul Gorry is among some of Australia’s most innovative researchers who have received the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship this year.

“I am delighted to be the recipient of one of the ARC Future Fellowships and grateful that the research that my lab has been conducting has been recognised with this award,” Professor Gorry said.

The ARC Future Fellowships are awarded to the “best and brightest” mid-career researchers under a Federal Government initiative to increase the opportunities for them to work in Australia, rather than overseas.

Professor Gorry will receive $822,856 to support his project, ‘Mechanisms of human immunodeficiency virus entry into cells’, which will develop a understanding of how human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) evolves in people to become better able to infect, and hence destroy, cells of the immune system.

“The Fellowship means that I can direct my focus onto my research rather than my source of salary and will help speed up the different projects that are being undertaken in my lab,” he said.

“The overall goal of my research is to understand how HIV gains entry into cells of the immune system and the consequences of this for the cell.

“This work has the potential to uncover new insights into HIV pathogenesis important for the development of vaccines and new HIV drugs."

Professor Gorry leads the team in the Gorry Laboratory (HIV Molecular Pathogenesis) in Burnet’s Centre for Virology.

It’s been a big month for Professor Gorry!

He was awarded a prestigious ARC (Australian Research Council) Future Fellowship, appointed as an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Infectious Diseases at Monash University, and mixed with the world’s elite HIV/AIDS researchers at the recent IDS 2012 Conference in Washington. Congratulations!

The Federal Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, announced 209 Future Fellowships totalling $151 million.

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