Professor Don Cowan trained as an enzymologist and graduated from the University of Waikato, New Zealand in 1981. After a period of post-doctoral research, he took up a tenured Lectureship in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University College London in 1985. In 2001 he moved, as Associate Professor, to take the Chair of Microbiology at UWC. He established ARCAM as a formal University Centre in October 2001. During his research career he has published over 200 research papers, reviews and book chapters. He sits on the Editorial Boards of 8 international journals. Don Cowan was promoted to Senior Professor in 2004 and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa in 2005.