Anne Kelso has been Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne since 2007. She also holds an honorary professorial position in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne where she is involved in collaborative research on immunity to the influenza virus, funded by an NHMRC Program Grant.

After obtaining her PhD at the University of Melbourne, Professor Kelso undertook research on T cell-mediated immunity at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and, from 1992 to 2007, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

From 2000 until 2006, she was also Director/CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology. She has previously served as President of the Australasian Society for Immunology and as Secretary-General of the International Union of Immunological Societies and is currently member of several governing boards and advisory groups, including the Council of QUT, the Boards of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the Florey Neuroscience Institutes and committees advising the WHO and the Australian Government on influenza. She was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia in June 2007.


  • –present
    Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza


    The University of Melbourne, PhD

Research Areas

  • Immunology (1107)