Professor Marilyn Anderson AO, FAA, FTSE, FAICD, is a Professor of Biochemistry at La Trobe University and is Chief Science Officer and Director of Hexima, a Biotechnology Company she founded with Prof Adrienne Clarke in 1998.
Marilyn completed BSc Honours at The University of Melbourne and a PhD in Biochemistry at La Trobe University in 1976 under the supervision of Professor Stone, the Foundation chair of Biochemistry. Following her PhD studies, she moved to Miami to continue her studies on carbohydrate chemistry before moving into the newly emerging and exciting field of molecular biology focused on tumor viruses and the discovery of oncogenes at the University of Miami and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She moved to the University of Melbourne in 1982 to join Prof Adrienne Clarke in one of the first ARC Centres of Excellence and returned to the biochemistry department at La Trobe University in 1995. She has 40 years’ experience in research, the last 20 of which have focused on peptides and proteins produced by plants for protection against insect pests and fungal pathogens. Her current research spans from basic work on the discovery, structure and mechanism of action of these molecules, to practical applications in crop protection and the treatment of fungal diseases in humans.
Marilyn is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Other awards include the Ramachiotti Biomedical Research Award, 2015 (with Prof. David Craik), the Lemberg Medal from the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2014 and the Leach Medal from the Lorne Protein Society in 2017. She is an executive director on the board of Hexima Ltd and is a council member for the Australian Academy of Science.