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New Fellow an expert in immune system studies

Professor Bostjan Kobe. Image courtesy of UQ

Research that has provided the foundation for therapies against diseases and infections has led to University of Queensland academic Professor Bostjan Kobe being named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

The UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences structural biologist has increased the understanding of the immune system in plants and mammals, and identified common modes of signalling in innate immunity pathways.

Professor Kobe was among 21 new Fellows inducted into the Academy at a ceremony in Canberra.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the fellowship was a fitting acknowledgment of Professor Kobe’s life-long contribution to science.

“Bostjan is an outstanding structural and computational biologist who has pushed the limits of existing methodology to develop new approaches,” Professor Høj said.

“He uses a multi-disciplinary approach to combine crystallography and electron microscopy with a range of biophysical techniques, and his work has attracted significant funding for ongoing research and specialist equipment.

“Bostjan’s work is highly ranked internationally and has brought opportunities for collaboration to the University.

“He has a sustained and impeccable record of research findings and publication in major scientific journals.

“He is also mentoring the next generation of scientific researchers and sharing his scientific knowledge with the broader community.”

Australian Academy of Science President Professor Andrew Holmes congratulated the new Fellows for making significant and lasting impacts in their scientific disciplines.

Professor Kobe has joined more than 35 UQ academics who have been elected to the Australian Academy of Science.

Source: UQ

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