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Our heritage - past directors
1998 - 2000 Professor Peter Klinken
2000 - 2002 Professor Glenn Begley
2002 - 2014 Professor Peter Klinken
2014 - present Professor Peter Leedman
Professor Peter Klinken
Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research 2002 - 2014
Chief Scientist of WA 2014 - present
Professor Peter Klinken was appointed Director of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) in 2002 and stepped aside in March 2014, soon after the Institute was renamed the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
Under Professor Klinken’s leadership, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research scientists made internationally important discoveries with the potential to deliver better treatments for serious diseases to the global community.
Thanks to Professor Peter Klinken’s passion and drive, the Institute’s research staff numbers rose from 35 in 2002 to over 200 in 2014.
During his time as Director, Professor Klinken was instrumental in securing $200m in funding from the Federal and State government, as well as The University of Western Australia, to build two new state-of-the-art facilities at Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) and Murdoch (Fiona Stanley Hospital.) He was heavily involved in the design and construction of these facilities which include laboratories, administrative and community areas.
Professor Klinken’s scientific background had a focus on leukaemia research. He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from The University of Western Australia in 1982 and was a Fogarty International Fellow at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington, between 1984 and 1986. He then returned to work at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. In 1989, he became a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia, before being appointed Professor in Clinical Biochemistry in 1994. Between 2000 and 2002, he was the Director of Research at Royal Perth Hospital.