With both his grandfather and father being pharmacists, it seemed inevitable that Dr Christopher Porter would also enter the profession. Now a lecturer in pharmaceutics at Parkville campus, Chris has continued the family tradition, although making his mark in academia instead of the retail sector.
Born in Bolton near Manchester, Chris studied for his degree in pharmacy and a PhD in pharmaceutics at Nottingham University, envisaging a career in industrial pharmacy. However, the lure of a challenging position in sunnier climes brought him to Monash in 1992 on a post-doctoral contract. He was pleasantly surprised at the opportunities to engage in well-funded research, and stayed.
In 1995, Chris received his lectureship and now teaches and supervises students and post-doctoral researchers. His major focus is research into enhancing the absorption of poorly absorbed drugs, for which he recently won the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' New Investigator Award. He will be presented with the award in New Orleans in November.
Chris's passion for his discipline is evident both in his prolific publishing record and in his enthusiasm. "This is an exciting and dynamic area to be working in," he said. "And the friendly 'can-do' attitude at Parkville makes it a fun place to work."
In his free time, Chris enjoys golf, tennis and cave diving in freshwater sinkholes. On the home front, Chris is looking forward to marrying his fiancee Andrea in the New Year.
- Lisa Pawlicka
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