lastair McEwan is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Queensland. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham. His research interests include bacterial physiology and bioenergetics, redox biology, biochemistry of metalloproteins, chemical biology of transition metals, bacterial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions.

Alastair joined The University of Queensland in 1993 and was appointed Professor of Microbiology in 2003. Prior to UQ, he worked as a research fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (SERC NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship) and the University of Oxford (Royal Society 1983 University Research Fellowship); he was also appointed to a lectureship at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.