Emeritus Professor Dick Bellamy is a virologist and molecular cell biologist whose research career centred on the study of double stranded RNA viruses, in particular rotaviruses: the principle agents of diarrhoeal disease in young children. Over his tenure as a full time researcher he worked in the general area of the molecular biology of virus infection and the application of recombinant methods to the characterisation of viral gene products.
This work involved a network of collaborators in Australia and the USA. Dick is a Fellow of the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand and recently retired from the University after serving 10 years as Dean of Science.
Before that he served as Director of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. Dick is a current Director of Auckland Uniservices Ltd and its subsidiary DNA Diagnostics Ltd, which he helped found.