Professor Sharon Lewin

Professor Sharon Lewin

Director, the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Sharon Lewin is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist and is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity; Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne; and consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. The Doherty Institute is a joint venture of the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital and has over 700 staff working entirely on infection and immunity.

Her research focuses on finding a cure for HIV and the interaction between HIV and hepatitis B virus. She has given over 100 major international invited talks on HIV cure and is regarded as a global leader in HIV cure research. Her laboratory is currently funded by the NHMRC, the National Institutes for Health, The Wellcome Trust, the American Foundation for AIDS Research and multiple commercial partnerships. In 2015, she was awarded the Peter Wills Medal by Research Australia and was the first woman to receive this award.

Sharon is passionate about community engagement in health and medical research She was the local co-chair for the International AIDS Conference held in Melbourne in July 2014 which attracted over 14,000 participants and was the largest health conference ever held in Australia. Later that year, she was named Melburnian of the Year.

She is chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections, the peak advisory committee to the Minister of Health of Australia. She is a member of the NHMRC Council and chairs the NHMRC Health Translation Advisory Committee and in 2014. She is a foundation council member of the Australian Academy for Health and Medical Research and a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society representing the Asia Pacific region.