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Research Biography

Professor Steve Wesselingh is an Academic status holder with the College of Medicine and Public Health.

Professor Wesselingh is SAHMRI’s inaugural Executive Director. Prior to taking up the directorships at SAHMRI, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, one of Australia’s leading health Faculties. Prior to taking up the Deanship, he was Director of the Burnet Institute, an independent medical research institute that specialises in infectious diseases, immunology and public health.

His undergraduate and doctoral training was at Flinders University and Medical Centre and his post-doctoral training was completed at Johns Hopkins Medicine in the United States.

Professor Wesselingh is an Infectious Diseases Physician with research interests in Neurovirology, HIV and vaccine development, more recently he has been involved in defining the role of the Microbiome in Human Health.  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.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Development of a plant derived vaccine for measles (Monash University) (1)
  • Diagnostic strategies for aspergillus in BMT (Monash Univ) (1)
  • Evolution of macrophage tropic HIV (Monash Univ) (1)
  • HIV-Associated Peripheral Neuropathy (Monash Univ) (1)
  • HIV, Dementia, Epidemiology (Monash Univ) (1)
  • Klebsiella: Immunotherapeutic approaches to management (Univ of Melbourne) (1)
  • Oral DNA vaccination (Monash Univ) (1)
  • Role of astrocytes in the development of HIV-associated dementia (Monash univ) (1)
  • Simple and practical approach to Measles Surveillance (Univ of Melbourne) (1)
Associate Supervisions:

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Flinders University

… → 1992

Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, Flinders University

… → 1981

External positions

Executive Director, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute


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Research Areas

  • Medical biosciences

Supervisory Interests

  • Infection and immunity
  • HIV
  • Virology
  • Vaccine development
  • Health policy
  • Health services research


  • QR180 Immunology
  • QR355 Virology


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