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Internationally-renowned HIV researcher and Co-Head of Burnet Institute’s Centre for Biomedical Research, Professor Sharon Lewin is to be the new Director of the Doherty Institute, based at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Lewin’s prestigious appointment is a fitting tribute to the outstanding researcher, clinician and public health advocate who leaves Burnet with a lasting legacy.
Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb congratulated Professor Lewin on her appointment and said it underlined the high quality of staff working at Burnet.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Professor Lewin and we wish her every success. We are proud to have people of the calibre of Sharon working with us who are sought out for these prestigious roles,” Professor Crabb said.
“Professor Lewin has made a significant and lasting impact on all who have collaborated with her during her time at Burnet, especially through her clear strategic thinking, visionary outlook and inspirational mentoring.
This high profile appointment underscores Professor Lewin’s reputation as one of Australia’s key medical science leaders.
“Rather than sadness, we look forward to collaborating closely with the new Doherty Institute not only in HIV research but also in biomedical research more generally.”
Professor Lewin takes up the Director’s role in September following AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne where she is the Local Co-Chair.
Professor Lewin said she was leaving Burnet Institute after eleven years with mixed feelings.
“I would like to thank all my Burnet colleagues and especially Professor Crabb for their support and encouragement during my time here,” Professor Lewin said.
“Whilst I will very much miss working with so many wonderful colleagues at Burnet, I know the great work will continue here and I am looking forward to this exciting, new challenge.”
Professor Lewin also holds senior leadership positions at Alfred Health and Monash University.