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Roy Robins-Browne

Honorary Professorial Fellow, medical microbiology, The University of Melbourne

I am medical doctor specialising in medical microbiology. I have a PhD in medical microbiology, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia; a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK; a Fellow of the College of Pathologists of South Africa; a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology. I joined Melbourne Uni as an Associate Professor in 1982, and was Head/Deputy Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology from 1998-2013. I was Director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Royal Children's Hospital from 1991-1995. I am a Group Leader in the Infection and Immunity Theme at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. I was President of the Australian Society for Microbiology from 2015-2107. I taught medical microbiology to more than 15,000 medical and biomedical undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Melbourne from 1982-2020. I received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University in 2016. My main research interest is bacterial infections, especially those caused by E. coli. I also have an interest in antimicrobial resistance and vaccines. I have authored/co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed works on these and other topics. My work has been cited more than 24,000 times. In 2020 I appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science (FAHMS) in recognition of my contribution to education and research.


  • 2002–2022
    Group Leader, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • 1996–2022
    Professor, The University of Melbourne
  • 2016–2018
    President, Australian Society for Microbiology