The Australian National University
Emeritus Faculty Member

Peter Raymond STEWART

161 Brigalow St,  Lyneham,  ACT 2602,  AUSTRALIA                                 
Telephone  +612 6247 0919  

Born 11 Aug 1937, Mildura, Victoria, Australia                              
Family: 3 adult daughters, 8 grandsons.

Education and professional appointments:
BAgrSc (Melb 1959), PhD (Melb 1963), Fellow Aust Soc Microbiol (1991).
Postdoctoral appointments at Western Reserve University (USA) (1963-65), Sheffield University (UK) (1965-66); Lecturer in Biochemistry, Monash University (Melbourne) (1966-69); Fellow, Research School of Biological Sciences, ANU (Canberra) (1969-72); Senior Lecturer (1972-76) then Reader in Microbiology, Faculty of Science, ANU (1976-93); Dean of Students, ANU (1978-81).

Professional activities since retirement (1993):

In Australia

In Vietnam

Volunteer Consultant and Adviser for FAO/UNDP Program in Hanoi; for Agricultural Genetics Institute, Tu Liem; and for Biofertilizer Project at Hanoi University (total of three years spent in Hanoi during 1993-97)

Professional experience:

Research and teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate microbiology and molecular biology; range of university and professional positions and responsibilities in academic planning and student welfare; extension education in agriculture and biotechnology.

Professional interests:

Molecular genetics and epidemiology of transmissible antibiotic resistance in bacteria; evolution of transposable genes in bacteria, development of molecular tools for epidemiological analysis.
Application of appropriate and sustainable biological technologies to agriculture and environmental protection in developing countries.
Vocastional education and training in developing economies and Aboriginal communities.

Scientific publications:

Books (3) on RNA and medical microbiology; reviews (7) on yeast and fungal biology, and experimental cell biology; research papers (>70) in international journals on cereal protein biochemistry, developmental cell biology, genetics of bacterial antibiotic resistance and virulence; journal articles (2) on applications of biotechnology in Vietnam; journal articles (3) and book chapters (2) on teaching in biochemistry and microbiology. 
Patent on a DNA molecule and its application to determining clinical impact of multi-resistant staphylococci.
Numerous abstracts and proceedings, posters and so forth given at scientific and professional meetings in Australia and overseas.

Volunteer activities:

Volunteer Assessor, Volunteering ACT (2000-2001)
Volunteer Adviser for Indigenous Community Volunteers (Australia) – community and organisation development in Aboriginal Communities in Hunter Valley, NSW (Sep-Dec 2002); Port Lincoln, SA (May-Jun 2003), Bowen, QLD (Jun-Aug 2004); Inverell NSW (Apr 2005); Kellyville, NSW (Aug-Sep 2005); Hervey Bay QLD (Nov 2005-May 2006; Canberra (Oct 2008-continuing 2010)
Consultant with Wunan Corporation (Kimberley Aboriginal communities’ development ) based in Kununurra WA (Aug-Nov 2006)
Independent volunteer consultant (academic program and institutional development) at Dili Institute of Technology, East Timor (Jul-Aug 2007).


Cycling and canoeing, tennis, choir singing, exploring philosophical and economic ideologies, writing, volunteer work for good causes (currently – Aboriginal community development and employment).


July 2010