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The Australian National University

Professor Kiaran Kirk

BSc(Hons), PhD, DPhil
Dean, College of Medicine, Biology & Environment
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Microbiology 0605
  • Biochemistry And Cell Biology 0601

Research interests

The focus of my research is on membrane transport in the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum and the potential of the proteins involved as antimalarial drug targets.



Kiaran Kirk is the Dean of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment.  He carried out his PhD in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Sydney (1985-1988), after which he relocated to the Oxford University Laboratory of Physiology where he held an Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellowship, the Staines Medical Research Fellowship (Exeter College) and a Lister Institute Senior Research Fellowship. He returned to Australia in 1996 to head the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the ANU Faculty of Science, holding this post until taking up the role of Director of the newly-created ANU Research School of Biology in June 2009.  Kiaran took up his present position as Dean of the College in April 2014.


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  23 July 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers