Consultant Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital & Director, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Sharon Lewin is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist. She is Director of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) practitioner fellow. She completed her medical training at Monash University, Melbourne; her specialist infectious diseases specialist training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne; her PhD in virology from the Burnet Institute, Melbourne and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Rockefeller University, New York.

She is a past president of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine, the peak professional body that represents all clinicians and researchers working in HIV in Australia. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections, the peak advisory body to the Australian government on blood borne viruses and a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) international working group currently developing a global scientific strategy for HIV cure research. She has received continuous research funding from the Australian NHMRC since 1993 as well as funding from NIH, AmFAR and the Wellcome Trust. Her laboratory focuses on understanding how HIV persists in patients on antiviral therapy, strategies to cure HIV infection, biological determinants of immune recovery following antiviral therapy and the pathogenesis of HIV-HBV co-infection.


  • –present
    Head of the Infectious Diseases Unit at The Alfred Hospital, NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, Co-head of the Centre for Virology at the Burnet Institute and Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases (DID) in the Central Clinical School, Monash University