I am a chest physician and professor with 22 years of experience in translational research of pleural diseases, especially pleural malignancies and infection. My pleural program includes a laboratory and a clinical research arm closely integrated with an active tertiary clinical pleural disease service which I direct. This research program is amongst the most active in the field. My work has translated to clinical practice on many occasions and contributed directly to reducing mortality, morbidity and healthcare costs in patient care. I have published 300 + original and invited papers (H-index 62; total citations >12000), and a grant record of over AUD $20 million. I have delivered 300+ invited lectures on pleural diseases, including at 100+ international conferences in 32 countries. I am the editor of the Textbook of Pleural Diseases (three editions), the most comprehensive text in the field, and have served on several international pleural guideline panels. I have a strong record in training over 30 clinical fellows and research scientists. I have worked for 10 years with the leading pleural groups in the USA and UK, during which time I won a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship (USA), two Young Investigator Awards, two Wellcome Trust (UK) Fellowships and a HEFC (UK) Senior Lecturer Award. I have built on these foundations to foster a comprehensive research program and global research network that focus on understanding the pathogenesis of common pleural diseases and improve patient care.