Sharon Lewin is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist. She is the inaugural Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Professor of Medicine, The University of Melboburne, a consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital 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.
Her laboratory focuses on understanding how HIV persists in patients on antiviral therapy and developing strategies to cure HIV infection and the pathogenesis of HIV-HBV co-infection.She chairs 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 is a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society (IAS) representing the Asia Pacific Region.
She was Melburnian of the Year in 2014 and was awarded the Peter Mills Medal from Research Australia in 2015.