My life in Science (1984-2015)

As a kid I loved both art and science. I have always made art, but first started a career in science and majored in molecular biology at the University of NSW (BSc, Honours 1984). I later got my PhD (University of Sydney, 1990), then spent five years overseas with my wife and young son in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Cambridge (UK) where I gained further training. I returned to Sydney in 1997 to establish a cancer research team (we were nicknamed the "Genies") which I maintained until the end of 2015.

During my scientific career I was a primary author, or co-author, on almost 100 scientific papers, many in top-tier journals, and that work has been cited in the literature >6000 times. My research interests focused mainly on how proteins are transported within a cell. This allowed my team to dissect novel effects of cancer mutations in certain genes that predispose to colon and breast cancer.

 I still love science, but I am now a full time artist. I remain fascinated by the overlap in the creative processes in art and science. I hope to address these in my blog.

Note: The picture opposite was from the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper from the year 2000. It followed an article I published in a journal called Nature Cell Biology - but not surprisingly, none of the media reports actually understood or communicated what the paper was about.