Phillip I. Bird
Phillip I. Bird is currently an Associate Professor and deputy Head in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He received his Ph.D. degree in the molecular genetics of Escherichia coli from the University of Melbourne in 1984. He then spent three years in the USA as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Foundation Fellow working with Professor Joe Sambrook (FRS) on eukaryotic protein trafficking, first at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then at the University of Texas in Dallas. On his return to Australia, he worked at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories on the cloning and characterizing of pathogen antigens, and then joined Monash University to work on the molecular regulation of blood coagulation. While at Monash, he discovered a new group of human intracellular protease inhibitors (serpins) which serve to protect leukocytes from damage and death caused by proteases such as granzymes, neutrophil elastase, and cathepsin G. His current research interests are focused on the structure and biological role of these proteins and their target proteases, particularly SERPINB9 (PI-9) and granzyme B.
Biography Updated on 20 August 2007