Prof Dave Winkler

Senior Principal Research Scientist/Professor

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Prof. Dave Winkler is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Manufacturing in Clayton, and Adjunct Professor at Monash, Latrobe, Flinders, and Nottingham Universities. He has been at CSIRO for thirty years and has worked on a variety of projects involving the discovery of bioactive agents.  He has substantial experience working with industry.  Past and present industry clients include Amrad, Du Pont, Schering Plough, Bio-RAD.  His work has also contributed to start up companies such as Starpharma and Betabiotics. His current research interests include: molecular design, computational chemistry, QSAR, complex systems, molecular modelling, stem cell modelling and simulation, computational nanotoxicology, design of materials, tissue engineering and biomaterials. He licenced his MolSAR machine learning molecular modelling methods to the Bio-RAD Corporation. He has projects on drug design, modelling and simulating biomaterials and the directing the fate of stem cells, and modelling their interactions with their environment. He is past Director of Science and technology Australia, past Board Chair of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), and a Director of the Caulfield and Malvern Grammar School Boards. He a Fellow of the RACI, and Fellow of the Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry, runs a project in for the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, the QSAR and Modelling Society, and on the Pacifichem international organizing committee. He served on the Australian Academy of Science National Committee for Chemistry and the IUPAC committee on QSAR nomenclature.

Other Interests

Private pilot's licence
Arthouse films

Current Roles

  • Modelling of biomaterials

  • Predictive nanotoxicity

  • Modelling of stem cell fate

  • Design of agents for CO2 capture

  • In silico molecular design

  • Complex systems science

Academic Qualifications

  • 1980

    PhD (Chemical Physics)
    Monash University

  • 1975

    BSc (HI)
    Monash University

  • 1974

    BAppSci (Physics, with distinction)
    RMIT University

  • 1972

    BSc (Chemistry)
    Monash University

Professional Experiences

  • 2008-now

    Modelling Team Leader, CMSE

  • 2008-now

    Adjunct Professor
    Monash Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University

  • 2006-2008

    CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies Science Council

  • 2004-now

    Member, CSIRO Complex Systems Science Executive

  • 2003-2007

    Adjunct Professor, Chemistry Department, Monash University, RMIT Drug Discovery Technologies Scientific Advisory Board.

  • 1985-1991

    Senior Research Scientist CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers

  • 1997-now

    Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Molecular Science/ Molecular and Health Technologies.

  • 1991-1996

    Principal Research Scientist CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers, Chemical Discovery Program Marketing Manager, Research Affiliate, Biomolecular Research Institute

  • 1983-1983

    NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of Pharmacy

  • 1983-1985

    Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist Defence Research Centre, Salisbury

  • 1980-1982

    Tutor, Victorian College of Pharmacy

  • 1972-1975

    Scientific Officer, Dept. Minerals and Energy, Victoria

Achievements and Awards

  • 2015-2015

    Distinguished Fellowship
    Royal Academy of Engineering (UK)

  • 2014

    Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry

  • 2013

    Adrien Albert award for medicinal chemistry
    Royal Australian Chemical Institute

  • 2009

    Newton Turner award for exceptional senior scientists

  • 2006

    CSIRO SAP award for Business Excellence

  • 2007

    CSIRO Service from Science Award

  • 2005

    "One CSIRO" Award

  • 2003

    CSIRO SAP Award for Business Excellence

  • 2003

    CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence

  • 1988

    AAS/JSPS Fellowship (Kyoto University)
    Australian Academy of Science

  • 1988

    AAS/Academia Sinica fellowship (Beijing)
    Australian Academy of Science

  • 1992-now

    Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
    Royal Australian Chemical Institute

  • 1976

    General Motors Postgraduate Scholarship
    General Motors

  • 1997

    DIST Fellowship (Oxford)
    Australian Government

  • 1976

    Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award
    Australian Government

  • 1971

    Victorian Government Cadetship
    Victorian Government

  • 1970

    Commonwealth University Scholarship
    Australian Government

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2005-2017

    Australian representative on Pacifichem organizing committee

  • 2012-2017

    Editorial Board, Perspectives in Drug Discovery

  • 2011-2017

    Editorial Board, BMC Biophysics

  • 2003-2007

    Director, RACI Board (Board Chair 2004-7)

  • 2002-2017

    Board member, International QSAR and Modelling Society

  • 2008-2017

    Editorial Board, ChemMedChem

  • 2008-2009

    President, Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry

  • 2006-2007

    Director, Caulfield Grammar School Board

  • 2000-2009

    Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling

  • 2001-2017

    Trustee, Chemical Structure Association Trust

  • 2001-2017

    Project Director, FACS Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products project

  • 2006-2009

    Editorial Board, International Journal of Computational Science


We have publications by Prof Dave Winkler
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: Researcher ID: A-3774-2008 ORCID: 0000-0002-7301-6076