Jerzy K (Yurek) Kulski was born in 1947 in Flensburg, Germany of Polish and Russian parents. He and his parents and his babushka arrived on the good ship Anna Salen at Fremantle in Western Australia as displaced boat people in search of resettlement, peace and stability. Their temporary travel documents that were issued to them by the International Refugee Organization and the Australian Military Mission in Germany were stamped as “seen by Immigration, 23 August 1949, Fremantle”. Then, without further delay, they bypassed the city of Perth and were transported by train to the primitive army barracks of a newly established Holding Centre at Northam, known among its 15,000 migrant residents from 1949 to 1951 as the Northam Army Camp or Top Camp.
Two years later, in the absence of any fanfare, the Kulski family was granted freedom to move out of the Northam Camp and look for rental living in the suburbs of Perth City. As a teenager he attended Perth Modern School before a short stint of technician training at the Australian Broadcasting Commission and then studies at the University of Western Australia where he obtained a B Sc (Hons) and PhD in Biochemistry. While he calls Australia home, he has worked and travelled widely – surviving the jungles of Borneo, Madagascar, India, Hong Kong, Macau, England and Scotland, Europe, the USA and Japan.
He has worked and published extensively in medical and biological research in the fields of lactation, virology, cancer, microbiology, genetics, genomics and immunology, and has been a staff and freelance researcher at a number of universities and institutes in Australia, the USA and Japan. He has co-authored more than 180 scientific publications, some of which can be viewed and accessed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=kulski+j.