Professor David Vaux

Professor David Vaux

AO FAA FAHMS

Assistant Director
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Council Member
Elected in 2015
VIC
Citation on election

David Vaux opened the molecular era of cell death research by identifying the first component of the mechanism cells use to kill themselves, showing that failure of cell death leads to the development of cancer, and demonstrating that the cell death mechanism is evolutionarily conserved. He helped identify and characterise two families of cell death inhibitors, which underpinned the development of new classes of cancer therapies that work by activating the cell death machinery in cancer cells.

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