After completing degrees at the University of Melbourne and Australian National University, Ian Holmes lectured in microbiology at the University of Melbourne. He pioneered and championed the use of electron microscopy in identifying and fighting viruses – first with rubella, then with rotavirus, a major killer of children.
During his career Ian applied his virological skills to understanding the structure and molecular biology of the virus. He has trained many students in Australia and overseas. His work underpinned the international battle against rotaviruses in people and animals.
As a world renowned researcher he is represented in over 100 publications, has sat on numerous editorial Boards and spoken frequently both nationally and internationally. In 1998 he was awarded the Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award for his work.