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Cory, Suzanne (1942 - )


11 March 1942
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Biochemist and Molecular oncology


Suzanne Cory has been Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research since 1996. She spent three years undertaking postdoctoral studies at the University of Geneva, aside from which she has spent the entirety of her working life at the Hall Institute, spending 8 years as Joint Head of the Molecular Biology Unit with her husband, Jerry Adams, before her appointment as Director. In 1998 she received the Australia Prize.


Cory completed a Bachelor of Science (1964) and Master of Science (1965) at the University of Melbourne, before being awarded her PhD by Cambridge University in 1968.

Since then she has been nominated Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 1972-74; Roche Fellow 1974-76; Research Fellow 1977; Senior Research Fellow 1978-83; Principal Research Fellow 1984-88; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science 1986; Senior Principal Research Fellow and Joint Head, Molecular Biology Unit 1988-96; Director from 1996; International Research Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1992; Fellow of the Royal Society 1992; Research Professor of Molecular Oncology, University of Melbourne from 1993; Burnet Lecturer, Australian Academy of Science 1997; and Fellow, Royal Society of Victoria 1997.

Awards include the David Syme Prize, University of Melbourne 1982; the Avon Australia "Spirit of Achievement" Award 1992; the Lemberg Medal, Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 1995; and the Australia Prize 1998.

Sources used to compile this entry: Bright Sparcs :

Elle Morrell

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