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Professor Heidi Drummer

Co-Program Director, Disease Elimination; Scientific Director, Burnet Diagnostics Initiative; Principal Investigator, Burnet Vaccine Initiative; Co-Head, Viral Entry and Vaccines Group

Background

Professor Heidi Drummer is Program Director for Disease Elimination and co-Head of the Viral Entry and Vaccines research group at Burnet Institute. In 2021, she was appointed as Scientific Director of the Burnet Diagnostics Initiative, a new Burnet Initiative to progress diagnostics through to human health solutions. She also leads the Hepatitis C Vaccine development stream of the Burnet Vaccine Initiative.

Heidi is an inventor on numerous granted patents and is internationally recognised as a leader in viral glycoprotein structure and function. She has developed multiple point of care diagnostic assays to measure immunity to COVID-19 and established clinical studies to examine immune response generated by SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Heidi has extensive experience in industry engagement and commercialisation of diagnostic assays and the translation of vaccines through pre-clinical studies into clinical trials.

Listen to Professor Drummer on Episode 2 of our How Science Matters podcast.


Appointments

  • 2017: Program Director, Disease Elimination, Burnet Institute
  • 2014: Deputy Head, Centre for Biomedical Research, Burnet Institute
  • 2010: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  • 2009: Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2008: Burnet Institute Principal Fellow, Victoria, Australia
  • 2005: Co Head Viral Fusion Laboratory-HCV studies. Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health Ltd.

Positions

  • 2009: Member of the Burnet Institute PhD Committee, Victoria, Australia
  • 2009: Burnet Institute Honours program coordinator (co-Associate Professor Paul Gorry), Australia
  • 2008: Elected Treasurer Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology
  • 2001: Principal Investigator, Australian Centre for Hepatitis and HIV Virology Research

Qualifications

  • 1989: BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1993: PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia

Awards

  • 2009: Gust McKenzie Award
  • 1990: Australian Postgraduate Research Award

Projects (13)

Current (11)

  • ACE2 inhibitors for treatment of COVID-19

  • Burnet COVID-19 Vaccine | Burnet Vaccine Initiative (BVI)

  • COVID-19 antigens for PoC test development

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Development

  • Development of a universal prophylactic vaccine for Hepatitis C

  • HepSeeVax: Proof-of-concept study of an HCV vaccine candidate

  • Neutralising antibody assays for COVID-19

  • Social Networks and the Hepatitis C Virus

  • Understanding how HCV evades the immune system

  • Understanding the correlates of protection for hepaciviruses

  • What drives hepatitis C reinfection?

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