David Ellis is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, and Emeritus Mycologist at SA Pathology in Adelaide, Australia. He graduated from La Trobe University Botany Department with BSc Hons, MSc and PhD in mycology, and served as head of the Medical Mycology Unit at the Women's and Children's Hospital, for 33 years. David is a Fellow and Past President of the Australian Society for Microbiology and a recipient of the David White Teaching Award and the Lyn Gilbert Award that recognizes major contributions in diagnostic laboratory microbiology in Australia. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and a recipient of the RCPA Outstanding Teaching Award. David is an Honorary Member and Past General Secretary and President of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology and a recipient of the ISHAM Lucille K Georg medal for distinguished contributions to medical mycology. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. David is a recipient of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Ashdown Medal and an Associate Member of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He has been an author of 134 peer reviewed scientific papers and of 14 books and/or book chapters.