David Craik is a group leader and Professor of Chemistry at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and undertook postdoctoral studies at Florida State and Syracuse Universities. He was appointed Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Head of School in 1988 and moved to University of Queensland in 1995. He is currently an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. His research focuses on applications of cyclic peptides, toxins and NMR in drug design. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has received numerous national and international awards for his research, including the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award from the American Chemical Society and the GSK Award for Research Excellence. He is author of 690 papers and has trained 70 PhD students.