David is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Division of Chemistry and Structural Biology at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland. David holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales. His research involves chemistry (design, synthesis, structure), biochemistry (enzymology, protein-protein interactions) and pharmacology (molecular, animal). His focus is on inventing new drugs and in understanding molecular mechanisms of disease development and drug action.
Immune responses and the pervasive influences of chronic inflammation in development and progression of diseases are central in his research.
David has experience in translating laboratory research into commercial successes by forming industry linkages with pharmaceutical companies and brings this experience to the Centre as the Commercialisation Officer for the Imaging CoE.