Graham Mitchell is a veterinary graduate and University gold medallist of the University of Sydney.
At The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) he made discoveries in immunology and obtained a PhD in 1969. After post-doctoral experience in California, England and Switzerland, he returned to Australia in 1973 and established a new program on the immunology of parasitism at WEHI.
In 1990 Mitchell was appointed Director of the prestigious Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens where he introduced a number of new initiatives in local and regional conservation. In 1993 he returned to biomedical research as Director of Research in the R&D Division of CSL Limited.
Mitchell is recognised as one of Australia’s leading biological scientists. He is an author of more that 350 publications, has received numerous awards for scientific achievements and, in 1993, was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to science.
He is a non-executive director of several companies and has been involved with the World Health Organisation for many years.
Mitchell is an advisor on innovation to the Victorian Government. In another government role the Principals of Foursight (Mitchell, Nossal, Stocker, Penington Taylor and Turvey) jointly act as Chief Scientists for the Victorian Departments of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), and Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).