Professor Simon Foote, Dean of the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University.
Professor Simon Foote was appointed as Dean of the Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University in February 2012. He is building a translational research centre and school of post-registration medical training using the University’s modern hospital.
His prime research interests are in the areas of infectious disease, specifically malaria, and the genetics of numerous diseases including Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer. He is developing new antimalarials using a genetics approach. His group also works on trying to understand the genetics of indigenous glomerulonephropathy.
Professor Foote obtained his medical degree in 1984 at the University of Melbourne and in 1989 completed his PhD in Molecular Genetics studying the genetic basis of drug resistance of the malarial parasite. He worked at the Genome Center at the Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he produced the first physical map of a human chromosome and then a map of the entire human genome. He returned to Australia where he headed the Genetics and Bioinformatics Division at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, and was the Director of the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania from 2005 to 2011.
Professor Foote’s goal at Macquarie University is to produce the pre-eminent translational research campus in the country comprising a number of large groups working towards applied outcomes in a small number of fields.