David Ellis

David Ellis

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


I am internationally recognised as a key opinion leader in medical mycology and for my leadership in teaching and for my research discoveries. I was the a Chief Medical Scientist and Head of the Mycology Unit at SA Pathology, Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide for 33 years, retiring from full-time work in November 2011. I remain an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. I graduated from La Trobe University Botany Department with BSc Hons, MSc and PhD in mycology. I am an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, a Fellow and past President of the Australian Society for Microbiology, an Honorary Member and past President of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology, an Associate Member of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. 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. I am a recipient of the ASM David White Teaching Award, the RCPA Outstanding Teaching Award and the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Ashdown Medal. In 2014, I was the inaugural recipient of the ASM Lyn Gilbert Award for contributions to clinical mycology.

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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
    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
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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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