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Professor Paul Gorry

Professor Paul Gorry

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Doherty Institute Deputy Director
Viral Infectious Diseases
Discovery Research
The University of Melbourne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) , Doherty Directorate

Professor Paul Gorry joined the Doherty Institute in 2023 as Deputy Director. Prior to this appointment Paul held several leadership positions at RMIT over a nine-year period, including Director of Higher Degrees by Research, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), and Dean of Science and Health (Research and Innovation). Prior to his positions at RMIT, Paul was Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Burnet Institute, Deputy Head of the Institute’s Centre for Biomedical Research, and Principal of the cross-cutting theme of Immunity, Vaccines and Immunisation. His research expertise is broadly in the areas of virology and immunology, which developed from postdoctoral positions at Harvard Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Despite taking a step back from research in 2015 to pursue leadership roles at RMIT, he remains research active and is widely recognised as an expert on HIV pathogenesis and the early steps of viral entry.

  • Key Achievements
    • Over the course of his research career Professor Gorry has attracted more than $17M of competitive research funding, including 20 NHMRC Project/Ideas Grants (11 as CIA; two current) and four NIH grants. During his time at the Burnet Institute as a laboratory head, Paul held two successive NHMRC Fellowships and an ARC Future Fellowship. This funding supported Paul’s research into understanding the biophysical interactions of HIV with cellular receptors, the structural characterisation of HIV envelope proteins, mechanisms of HIV drug resistance, mechanisms of HIV pathogenesis, and viral determinants of HIV neurotropism and neurovirulence. Paul has published more than 120 peer reviewed journal articles and has a h index of 45.

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