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Nobel winner collects nation’s top citizens’ honour her weighty list of accolades and titles. Blackburn, who co-discovered the telomerase enzyme that boosts a cancer cell’s ability to divide, has been appointed a Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia. Blackburn is based at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. Blackburn, a graduate of the University of Melbourne, was also rated as one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2007. Meanwhile, professor of youth mental health at the university of Melbourne, Patrick McGorry (pictured) was named Australian of the Year. Other higher education and VET figures to receive Australia Day honours as Officer (AO) in the general division were: Professor Anthony Cunningham (University of Sydney) for service to medicine; Professor Jennifer Graves (Melbourne) for service to scientific research in the field of genetics; Professor Wendy Hoy (UQ) for service to medical research; Professor John McMillan (ANU) for service to the law as the Commonwealth Ombudsman and as an academic; Virginia Simmons (Chisholm TAFE) for service to education. ESOS act reviewer Bruce Baird collected an AM for services to federal Parliament.

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