Prof William Pomat is the Director of the PNG Institute of Medical Research

Prof William Pomat

Prof William Pomat was appointed by the Council in 2017 to lead IMR. At the time, he was the head of the Infection and Immunity Unit. His research focused on respiratory disease vaccine immunology, particularly pneumonia, a major cause of death and hospitalisation in PNG. He coordinated field and laboratory research on pneumococcal vaccine trials to determine the best schedules for PNG.

Prof Pomat joined the institute in 1987. He has vast experience in pneumococcal serology and pneumococcal immunology and has contributed to the body of knowledge in this field in PNG and internationally, authoring hundreds of peer-review articles in scientific journals.

Prof Pomat has a BSc from the University of PNG, a MSc from the University of New South Wales and a PhD from the University of Western Australia

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