Professor 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. The Doherty Institute has over 700 staff entirely focused on infection and immunity. The institute includes public health laboratories, clinicians, public health physicians and epidemiologists and fundamental discovery research.
Her research focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection. Her laboratory has had extensive experience with supporting interventional clinical trials and has developed numerous quantitative assays for detection of low levels of HIV. Professor Lewin co-leads the laboratory research area for APPRISE and is a member of the executive leadership group.
She is an elected member of the governing council of the International AIDS Society. In 2014 Professor Lewin was named Melburnian of the Year and in 2016 was awarded the Peter Wills Medal from Research Australia.