Vasso Apostolopoulos

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Partnerships, Victoria University

PhD 1995, University of Melbourne, and Austin Research Institute

Over 25 years experience in research in the area of vaccines and drugs for cancer and chronic diseases with translational focus. In addition, extensive clinical research background, translating research to clinical trials to commercialisation, and expertise with consulting for pharmaceutical companies. Excellent skills on the commercialisation side of drug development and clinical research. Multidisciplinary research, in the areas of, immunology, crystallography, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, crystallography, clinical research and drug development.

Cancer, MS and Chronic diseases (such as, diabetes). Translational research, clinical research, vaccine development. Developing new improved vaccines and delivery systems to treat diseases with immunology focus. Strong interest in crystallography and how to use crystallography to design new improved vaccines and drugs.

Areas of research include: cancer, type-1 diabetes, type-2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, mental health, drug addiction, infectious diseases including the recent SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19.

Professional Activities
Grant review panel, NHMRC Australia, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation USA
Grant and Fellowship Assessor, NHMRC, ARC Australia and numerous International granting bodies

Regional Editor, Recent Patents Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery
Section Editor, Current Medicinal Chemistry
Section Editor, Medicinal Chemistry
Editor in Chief, Vaccines (section: Toxicology and Clinical trials; section: Clinical Immunology)
Associate Editor, Immunotherapy
Associate Editor, Frontiers in Immunology
Review Editor, Frontiers in Immunotherapies and Vaccines

Editorial Advisory Board of,
Cancers; Maturitas; Frontiers in Microbial Immunology; Expert Review of Vaccines; Medicinal Chemistry; Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica; Frontiers in Immunotherapies and Vaccines; Biomed Research International (Immunology subject area); Updates in Gynecology and Obstetrics

Guest Editor of,
Expert Review of Vaccines; Journal of Drug Delivery; Molecular Pharmaceutics; Current Pharmaceutical Design; Vaccines; Medicinal Chemistry; Cancers; Vaccines; Brain Sciences

Judging Panel for numerous national and international awards
The Science Advisory Board, USA
NHMRC Research Translation Faculty

Author of over 370 research publications and books, and an inventor of 18 patents and 90 sub-patents


  • 2014–present
    Professor, Victoria University
  • 2019–present
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships), Victoria University
  • 2018–2019
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), interim, Victoria University


  • 2000 
    Birkbeck College, University of London, Advnacned Certificate in Protein Crystallography
  • 1995 
    University of Melbourne, PhD

Research Areas

  • Biologically Active Molecules (030401)
  • Molecular Medicine (030405)
  • Proteins And Peptides (030406)
  • Medicinal And Biomolecular Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified (030499)
  • Medical Physiology (1116)
  • Cellular Immunology (110704)
  • Autoimmunity (110703)
  • Applied Immunology (Incl. Antibody Engineering, Xenotransplantation And T Cell Therapies) (110702)
  • Immunology (1107)


Salus Index Award; President of Greece Medal; Zeus Honor; Honorary Mayor of Amalias; Order of the Phoenix, Order of Commander; Chancellor’s Medal; Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in RRT; Hellenic Distinction; Young Australian of the Year (VIC); Premiers Award Medical Resarch; Woman of the Year; Inducted Honour Roll of Women; Australia Day Ambassador; Young Tall Poppy Award; Channel10 HeraldSun Young Achiever Year; Greek Australian of Year; Bodossaki Foundation Academic Prize