Prof Hamish Scott

PhD and first post-doc at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 5 years at the University of Geneva Medical School in Switzerland in Geneva, 8 at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne from 2000 as the Inaugural Nossal Leadership Fellow and from 2008 back in SA. His is the application of genetic and genomic technologies to understand diseases processes to improve diagnoses and treatment. He led international collaborations in identification of human genes causing multiple genetic diseases from severe congenital defects to familial cancer predisposition syndromes. He has lead international recognition of the fact that there can be a substantive, sometimes monogenic, predisoposition to haematological malignancies and response to treatments. He has been central to introducing both somatic and germline genotyping using next generation sequencing to SA Pathology at a panel, exome and whole genome level. Hamish had his own genome sequenced at the beginning of 2014 and learnt why he gets “man flu” and maybe why his mother died early 2014 from an unknown infection.