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; consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia; and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow. She is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist.
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 immune reconstitution and immune activation post antiretroviral therapy and HIV-hepatitis B virus co-infection. She has extensive collaborations in Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, China and India as well as collaborations with investigators throughout the US and Europe.
She was the local co-chair of the XXth International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014) which was held in Melbourne July 2014 which was the largest health conference ever held in Australia. She is active internationally in advocating for increased investment from the public and private sector in HIV cure research and is on the leadership team of the International AIDS Society’s Strategy Towards an HIV Cure. She is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections, which is the peak advisory body on HIV infection to the Australian government’s Minister of Health.