Professor Nikolai Petrovsky

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

director of endocrinology at flinders medical centre with a conjoint position as professor of medicine at flinders university, nikolai petrovsky is also vice-president and secretary-general of the international immunomics society. active in diabetes, endocrinology and vaccine research, he is the founder of vaxine, a company funded by the us national institutes of health to develop novel vaccine technologies. in 2009 vaxine won the amp innovation award at the telstra business awards and australia's coolest company award from australian anthill magazine. nikolai petrovsky has developed vaccines against influenza, hepatitis b, sting allergy, malaria, japanese encephalitis, rabies and hiv, has authored over 90 papers and chapters and is a regular invited speaker at international vaccine conferences.

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (University of Tasmania), 1979
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), University of Tasmania, 1982
  • Fellowship, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) 1990
  • Fellowship, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) 1994
  • PhD, University of Melbourne, 1998
  • Graduate Certificate in Education Studies, University of Sydney, 2002
Honours, awards and grants
  • NH&MRC Postgraduate Medical Research Scholarship, 1994
  • Cleveland Young Investigator Award, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1995
  • Edith Moffat Award, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 1996
  • Distinguished Speaker Award, International Immunomics Society, 2005
  • Flinders University Public Affairs and Alumni Media Award 2005 & 2007
  • AMP  Innovation Award, 2009 Telstra Business Award
  • AusIndustry Innovation Award, Australian Anthill Company Awards
Key responsibilities
Director of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Flinders Medical Centre. Actively involved in medical research, supervision of postgraduate research students and teaching of medical curriculum at Flinders University
Teaching interests
Diabetes Mellitus
Vaccine development
Supervisory interests
Diabetes mellitus
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Lipoproteins in diabetes (1)
Principal supervisor: Diabetes in Alstrom's syndrome (1)
Associate supervisor: Influenza diagnosis (1), Genetics of diabetic retinopathy (1), Brain derived neurotrophic factor (1)
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Influenza
  • Vaccine development