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The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Announces the Next Director
Date:2/24/2009

many prizes and awards for his contribution to medical research, including the Amgen Medical Researcher Award, the inaugural Commonwealth Health Minister's Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research and the GSK Australia Award for Research Excellence.

At the age of just 39 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and currently serves on this organization's Council. In 2008, he was recognized as one of the NHMRC's "Ten great minds in health and medical research."

Throughout his career, Professor Hilton has been actively involved in the application of research through collaboration with industry. He is an inventor on more than twenty patent families, most of which have been licensed. He co-founded the biotechnology company Murigen and actively collaborates with CSL on a number of projects.

Douglas Hilton was born in the UK in 1964 and migrated to Australia with his family in 1970. He grew up in the idyllic outer suburb of Warrandyte, in the Lower Yarra Valley, just north east of Melbourne. He continues to reside in Warrandyte with his wife Adrienne, sons Josh and Zeph, and their Kelpie, Jessie.

Doug Hilton was educated at Warrandyte Primary School and East Doncaster High School, where he recalls being inspired by "a fabulous biology teacher." As a nineteen year-old Monash University undergraduate, Hilton was introduced to the amazing world of blood cells when he spent the summer holidays in Ian Young's laboratory at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra. In his Honours year and as a PhD student, Hilton worked at WEHI with two giants of molecular haematology, Professors Don Metcalf and Nicos Nicola, to purify and patent a messenger protein called LIF, which is used by laboratories around the world to culture mouse embryonic stem cells.

After his PhD, Hilton spent two formative years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute, '/>"/>

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