Sharon Lewin is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital; Professor of Medicine, The University of Melbourne; consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia; and an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Practitioner Fellow. She is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist and was previously Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University (2003-2014) and co-head of the Centre for Biomdecial Research, Burnet Institute (2011-2014).
She leads a large multi-disciplinary research team that focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection. Her other research and clinical interests include understanding how the immune system recovers following treatment of HIV and the interaction between HIV and other important co-infections including hepatitis B virus. She is widely recognized for her innovative work in understanding how HIV hides on treatment using novel laboratory models and leading several early phase clinical trials of cancer drugs that alter HIV genes.
She was the local co-chair of the XXth International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014), the largest health conference ever held in Australia. She is a member of the council of the NHMRC and chairs the NHMRC Health Translation Advisory Committee. In 2014 she was named Melburnian of the Year.