Ken Shortman-achievements

Ken Shortman-achievements

Significant discoveries

Mapping of the pathway of T cell development in the thymus (with Dr Roland Scollay)

Isolation of the earliest intrathymic T precursor, the first lymphoid-restricted precursor (with Professor Li Wu)

Demonstration of the first example of a lymphoid origin for some dendritic cells (with Professor Carlos Ardavin and Professor Li Wu)

Discovery of the first living example of the mountain pygmy possum, Burramys parvus, previously believed to be extinct and only known from fossil remains. The existence of this endangered species became an important argument for establishment the present Alpine National Park.


2013 - 2015 Toh Chin Chye Visiting Professor, Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore

2014 Medal of the City of Tours, France

2014 Mayent/Rothschild Visiting Research Scientist, Centre de Research, Institut Curie, Paris

2012 - current Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow, Burnet Institute

2008 Jonathan Sprent Oration, Brisbane Immunology Group

2003 Centenary Medal, Australian Government

1999 Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

1999 Burnet Orator and Medal, Australasian Society of Immunology

1997 Honorary Member, American Association of Immunologists

1996 Bede Morris Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

1988 Honorary Professor, Beijing Medical University

Service to the community

2009 - current Scientific Advisory Committee, International Society for Dendritic Cell and Vaccine Science

2014 International Advisory Committee, DC2016 conference, Shanghai, China

2013 International Advisory Committee, DC2014 conference, Tours, France

2012 Scientific Advisory Board, Immunology Program, National University of Singapore 

2010 Member, National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Academy 

2005 - 2008 International Advisory Panel, Immunology Program, National University of Singapore