Professor David Vaux is Deputy Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). He has a medical degree and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. He was a Fellow in Pathology at Stanford School of Medicine, USA, and was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2003. In the middle of his medical degree, he spent a year at WEHI in Sir Gus Nossal’s laboratory studying immunology. Following an intern year at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, he returned to WEHI to do a PhD in molecular biology.
He then continued his research at Stanford University, returning to WEHI in 1993. For his research on the molecular mechanisms of cell death he received the Victoria Prize in 2003. The Victoria Prize is awarded annually to an individual whose scientific discovery has significantly advanced knowledge of benefit to the community.
David is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and received its highest award in the biological sciences, the Burnet Medal, in 2010. This biennial prize recognises scientific research of the highest standing in the biological sciences. David is recognised internationally as a leading researcher in bio-medical science.