Veterinary Surgeon and Researcher
John Curtin School of Medical research
Peter Charles Doherty is an Australian veterinary surgeon and researcher in the field of medicine. Doherty’s research focuses on the immune system and his Nobel Prize-winning work described how the body’s immune cells protect it against viruses. He and Rolf Zinkernagel, the co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, discovered how T cells recognise their target antigens in combination with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins.
Doherty was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1987. He is the patron of the eponymous Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health. It houses a group of infection and immunology experts, including Director Professor Sharon Lewin, who is charged with leading the battle against infectious diseases in humans.
The program became operational in 2014. He became an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015. Both John Monash Science School and Moreton Bay Boys College have houses named after him.