Professor Doug Hilton AO
AO BSc(Hons) PhD FAA FTSE FAHMS
Director, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Head of the Department of Medical Biology, MDHS, University of Melbourne
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Professor Doug Hilton is the Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Head of the Department of Medical Biology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and a member of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB).
He is best known for his discoveries in the area of cytokine signalling, his advocacy for health and medical research, and for gender equity in science. Professor Hilton’s lab aims to understand which of the 30,000 genes are important in the production and function of blood cells, and how this information can be used to better prevent, diagnose and treat blood cell diseases such as leukaemia, arthritis and asthma.
Professor Hilton has been awarded numerous prizes for his research into how blood cells communicate and has led major collaborations with industry to translate his discoveries from the bench to the bedside. He is an inventor of more than 20 patent families, most of which have been licensed, and is a co-founder of the biotechnology company MuriGen.
Professor Hilton is an Officer of the Order of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.