Professor Alastair McEwan

Professor Alastair McEwanOrganisation

University of Queensland 

Job Title

Pro Vice Chancellor (Reserarch Training)

Professor Alastair (Al) McEwan is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean, Graduate School at the University of Queensland, Australia. Hailing from County Durham he holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham and held fellowships at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Oxford, and an academic position at the University of East Anglia, before joining the University of Queensland in 1993. Al has a strong interest in academic leadership and development of early career researchers, and has actively driven cultural change during his time at UQ, as Head, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science and most recently in his current position where he has oversight of researcher development across the University of Queensland.

In his role as Convenor, Australian Council of Graduate Research, he is actively engaged in promoting research training across Australia. Alastair’s current research interests are in the role of transition metal ions and redox processes in pathogen-host cell interactions and he has made notable contributions to the understanding of the importance of zinc homeostasis in bacterial pathogenesis and the development of metal-based antimicrobials.