Professor Greg Woods
Professor Greg Woods is a Professional Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania and Professor of Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.
He teaches immunology to medical and medical research students and supervises postgraduate and research students. Most of his research has related to how cancer avoids immune recognition, including the effects of carcinogens (including UVB-radiation) affect the immune system. His current research focusses on Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), which has killed more than 80% of the devil population. Substantial progress has been made in understanding the immune system of the Tasmanian devil and how this cancer escapes immune recognition. The research is paving the way towards a vaccine against DFTD. In 2011 as part of the five-member team ‘The Devil’s Advocates’ he was awarded the Sherman Eureka Award for Environmental Science. In 2015 his life-long contribution to research was recognised the Australian Society for Medical Research when he was awarded their ‘Certificate in Recognition of the Distinguished Service to Medicine, Science and Community.’
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