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Steve Wesselingh

Professor Steve Wesselingh is the inaugural Executive Director of SAHMRI, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and has also been appointed as the Infection and Immunity Theme Leader for the institute.

Steve was previously Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, and Director of the Burnet Institute.

Steve is Chairman of the Penington Institute, which collaborates with, and represents a broad range of sectors and organisations to identify and respond to specific substance use problems and their causes, and also a member of ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation), which advises the federal Health Minister.

Steve is an Infectious Diseases Physician and researcher in Neurovirology, HIV and vaccine development, he has consistently worked towards the integration of high quality medical research with health-care delivery, leading to improved health outcomes for Australia and the poorly resourced countries of the region.


  • 2012–present
    Executive Director, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute
  • 2007–2011
    Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2002–2007
    Director, The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health Ltd
  • 1999–2002
    Professor and Director of Infectious Diseases, The Alfred Hospital and Monash University


  • 1992 
    Flinders University, PhD
  • 1988 
    Flinders University, FRACP
  • 1981 
    Flinders University, BMBS