Since July 2013, John A. Carver has been Director of the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University in Canberra. He undertook his undergraduate (First-class Honours) degree in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. In 1983, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the Australian National University and subsequently undertook post-doctoral studies in Biochemistry at the Universities of Oxford and Adelaide.
In 1988, John took up a position as Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Wollongong where he subsequently became an Associate Professor. In early 2004, he returned to the University of Adelaide as Professor of Chemistry and Head of the School of Chemistry and Physics. In 2008, he became the Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and, for all of 2009, he was also Head of the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science.
John’s research interests are in peptide and protein structure, function and interactions. Of late, he has been concentrating on molecular chaperone proteins and their mechanism of stabilizing other proteins, particularly those involved in diseases of protein aggregation, e.g. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and cataract. Related to this, he is also very interested in the mechanism of protein aggregation and its mitigation. He utilises a diversity of spectroscopic, biophysical and protein chemical techniques for his research, with NMR spectroscopy being at the forefront. He has co-authored over 150 research publications and has received a variety of fellowships.