Robert Parton studied biochemistry in the UK before moving to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. He received Royal Society and EMBO postdoctoral fellowships before becoming a group leader in 1990 studying plasma membrane domains and cell surface dynamics. In 1996, he moved to the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is currently a group leader in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Deputy Director of the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. His research centres on the microdomains of the plasma membrane, with a particular focus on caveolae and caveolins. He was involved in the discovery of caveolin-1 and the muscle-specific caveolin isoform, caveolin-3. He is currently using a number of experimental systems (including cultured cells, zebrafish, and mice) to understand how caveolae form, to dissect the structure of caveolae and caveolins, and to investigate the role of caveolae in health and in disease. He received an NHMRC Australia Fellowship in January 2009 to work on a novel drug delivery system. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cell Biology, Traffic, and Molecular Biology of the Cell.
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