Staff Profile

Dr Peter Cook
General Manager Business Development

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Dr Peter Cook


BSc (Hons), Marine Biology & Zoology, University of Queensland, Australia
PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Queensland, Australia


Leading the Business Development team, which commercialises the Institute's intellectual property assets and develops new business opportunities in New Zealand and abroad


2017-2019 Business Development Manager, Plant & Food Research, New Zealand
2014-2017 Manager – Research & Innovation, Lincoln University, New Zealand
2013-2014 Research Partnerships Manager, Monash University, Australia
2011-2013 Project Manager, Monash University, Australia
2010-2011 Executive Officer, Australian Association of Medical Research Institutes Ltd, Australia
2009-2010 Associate, Innovation and Commercial Development. UniQuest Pty Ltd, Australia
2007-2009 European Molecular Biology Organisation Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford, UK

Honours & Awards

2008 Dean's Award List - Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses, University of Queensland Graduate School
2007 Postdoctoral Fellowship - European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)
2003 Australian Postgraduate Award. Australian Government.
2003 Growing the Smart State: PhD research funding. Queensland State Government

Key Publications

TL Schmidt, NH Barton, G Rašić, AP Turley, BL Montgomery, I Iturbe-Ormaetxe, PE Cook, PA Ryan, SA Ritchie, AA Hoffmann, SL O’Neill, M Turelli. Local introduction and heterogeneous spatial spread of dengue-suppressing Wolbachia through an urban population of Aedes aegypti. PLoS Biology (2017)
Z Kambris, PE Cook, HK Phuc, SP Sinkins. Immune activation by life-shortening Wolbachia and reduced filarial competence in mosquitoes. Science (2009) 326 (5949), 134-136
L Klasson, Z Kambris, PE Cook, T Walker, SP Sinkins. Horizontal gene transfer between Wolbachia and the mosquito Aedes aegypti. BMC Genomics (2009) 10 (1), 33
PE Cook, LE Hugo, I Iturbe-Ormaetxe, CR Williams, SF Chenoweth, SA Ritchie, PA Ryan, BH Kay, MW Blows, SL O'Neill. The use of transcriptional profiles to predict adult mosquito age under field conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2006) 103 (48), 18060-18065.