Biographical Information

David Parry, Head of the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University and Vice President of the International Council for Science (ICSU), is New Zealand’s leading researcher in the area of structural and functional studies on fibrous proteins. His pioneering work includes that on the conformation of intermediate filaments in hair and their dynamic assembly in vivo; the role of tropomyosin in the regulation of vertebrate skeletal muscle; the assembly of collagen molecules to form fibrils in tendon, skin and cornea, and the biomechanical attributes of those fibrils in connective tissues. In addition, David Parry has taken a leading role in devising methods to analyse sequences in order to determine the structure and function of (mainly) fibrous proteins. David Parry has also been Chair of the NZVCC Scholarships Committee for the past eight years.