David Ellis

David Ellis

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


I am an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, and Emeritus Mycologist at SA Pathology in Adelaide, Australia (retired November 2011). I graduated from La Trobe University Botany Department with BSc Hons, MSc and PhD in mycology, and served as head of the Medical Mycology Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, for 33 years. I am a Fellow and Past President of the Australian Society for Microbiology and a recipient of the David White Teaching Award and the Lyn Gilbert Award. I am an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a recipient of the RCPA Outstanding Teaching Award. I am also an Honorary Member and Past President of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology and an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. I am a recipient of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Ashdown Medal and an Associate Member of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. Recently David has been awarded the ISHAM Lucille K Georg medal for distinguished contributions to medical mycology. My current research interests include the epidemiology and ecology of medically important fungi, especially Cryptococcus, fungal taxonomy and antifungal susceptibility testing. I also remain actively involved in the teaching of medical mycology and I jointly author Mycology Online a key mycological website.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2011 Emeritus Mycologist SA Pathology
    1995 Affiliated Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    1978 - 2011 Mycologist Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award ISHAM Lucille Georg Award International Society for Human and Animal Mycology Switzerland
    2014 Recognition Australian Society for Microbiology Lyn Gilbert Award Australian Society for Microbiology Australia
    2013 Honour Honorary Life Member Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases
    2012 Teaching Award Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Outstanding Teaching Award Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Australia
    2006 Award Distinguished Service Award Australian Society for Microbiology Australia
    2005 Fellowship Honorary Fellow Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Australia
    2002 Teaching Award Australian Society for Microbiology David White Teaching Award Australian Society for Microbiology Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1969 - 1978 La Trobe University Australia BSc Hons, MSc, PhD
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2005 FRCPA (Hon) Royal College of Pathologists of Australia
    1989 FASM Australian Society for Microbiology
  • Research Interests

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2012 - ongoing Member International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
    1983 - ongoing Member International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
    1983 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Microbiology Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2009 - 2012 President International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
    1997 - 2003 General Secretary International Society for Human and Animal Mycology

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