Bryan G Fry

Bryan Grieg Fry was born in the USA in 1970. He graduated from the Portland State University Honours Program with a dual degree in Molecular Biology (BSc) and Scientific Philosophy, with a minor in Psychology (BA) (199095). Drawn to Australia by its numerous toxic creatures, Fry completed a PhD from the University of Queensland on the toxic natriuretic peptides of the inland taipan (19972000, awarded in 2002), which is the . In 2000, he worked as a researcher at the Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU) at the University of Melbourne. Fry then took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore (2001-02) which allowed him to work on Asian snakes and build on his research into snake venom evolution. Fry returned to Australia and the University of Melbourne as deputy director and ARC postdoctoral fellow at the AVRU (200306). In 2007, Fry joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne as an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow (200711). Fry is now associate professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, where he is group leader of the Venomics Laboratory. He has led expeditions to over 40 countries, ranging from the Brazilian Amazon to Pakistan’s Sindh desert to Antarctica, leading to him being inducted into the elite professional explorers society The Explorers Club.

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Largest venomous lizard

With adult males averaging 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in) long and weighing 79–91 kg (175–200 lb), the largest species of venomous lizard, as well as today's largest lizard species overall, is the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Although scientists have long known that in the wild state its saliva contains pathogenic bacteria, it was only in 2009 that this species was also shown by Dr Bryan Fry to possess a pair of true venom-secreting glands, present in its lower jaw, with this trait shared with all other anguimorph lizards and being the same venom glands as those in the iconic Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum). Otherwise known as the Komodo monitor or ora, the Komodo dragon is found on the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rintja, Padar and Flores.