Doctor Clovis Palmer

Head, Palmer Laboratory, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Department of Infectious Diseases


Dr Clovis Palmer is a laboratory head with a special interest and expertise in HIV Immuno-metabolism. He is a recipient of the inaugural 2010 Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research grant funded by the NIH and CFAR and administered by the International Aids Society.

He initiated this area of research to understand the metabolic defects of immune cells in patients who are infected with HIV. Nutrient uptake and utilisation by immune cells is important because these cells require energy to fight against HIV infection.

Additionally some cells harbour the virus and remain in the body for decades. These cells are called HIV reservoirs and we are studying ways to starve them as a potential strategy to eradicate HIV from the body.

Dr Palmer and his team have developed new methods to evaluate metabolic changes in immune cells and have several international collaborators in Argentina, Australia, Greece, Jamaica and USA.

2014 Guest Editor for Journal of Immunology Research (Pathogenic Inflammation in Infectious Diseases).

Journal Reviewer for the following journals: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Antioxidants and Redox Signalling, Hepatology, AIDS.



Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Department of Infectious Diseases

Professional Membership and Societies

  • 2004: Member of The Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2005: Member of The Genetics Society of Australasia
  • 2006: Member of The Australian Society for HIV Medicine
  • 2007: Member of Gastroenterological Society of Australia
  • 2009: Member of The International AIDS Society
  • 2009: Member of The New South Wales miRNA users group
  • 2010: Member of The Biochemical Society - European



  • 2011: Burnet Institute
  • NIH and IAS Fellow and Group Leader: HIV Immuno-metabolism group


  • 2006-2012: University of New South Wales, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney
  • Post Doctoral Fellow: HCV pathogenesis and obesity


2006: PhD, University of Sydney, Australia


  • 2013: Nation Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Scholarship Recipient to attend Keystone “Immune Activation in HIV Infection: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Implications”, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

  • 2011-12: International Aids Society-CNHIR Travel Awards to Rome and Washington DC to attend IAS and AIDS conference

  • 2010: Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Grant (CNIHR) from the NIH-funded, Centers for AIDS Research and International Aids Society Program - Novel approaches to study T cell metabolic dysfunction and immune response during HIV infection.

  • 2010: International Aids Society Travel Scholarship to the XVIII International AIDS Conference (Vienna, Austria) and the International AIDS Society Workshop “Towards a Cure”: HIV Reservoirs and Strategies to Control Them.

  • 2009: Gilead Young Investigator Research Gold Medal for Hepatitis C Research. Presented at the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research, 5th Annual Workshop, Terrigal, NSW.

  • 2009: The AstraZeneca Junior Travel Award presented by the The Gastroenterology Society of Australia, for travel to the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in Boston.

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