About the Head of Clinical School (Nepean Clinical School)

Associate Professor Stephen Fuller


Associate Professor Stephen Fuller is the Head of Clinical School (Nepean Clinical School). He practices as a Clinical Haematologist at Nepean Hospital and is Deputy Chair of the Senior Medical Staff Council. Associate Professor Fuller is a Fellow of The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and is a member of a number of Learned Societies including the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Australian Research Consortium and the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group. Associate Professor Fuller is a medical graduate of the University of NSW and has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Sydney. Since 2009 he has been Head of Academic Haematology at Nepean and is currently a member of the Nepean and Blue Mountains Local Health District Scientific Advisory Committee and the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee.

Associate Professor Fuller’s research interests include the study of genetics of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and the roles of the P2X7 purinergic receptor in the immune response to infectious pathogens and cancer cells. Since commencing his research in 2002, he has published 36 original research articles, and presented a number of invited reviews and conference papers. Collectively, his articles have been cited over 750 times and many of his papers have been published in high-ranking speciality journals including Blood, the American Journal of Human Genetics, the FASEB Journal, the Journal of Immunology and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Associate Professor Fuller supervises PhD and MD research students and is the post-graduate coordinator and Sub Dean of Early Career Research at Nepean Clinical School.

Associate Professor Fuller is actively involved in teaching and learning and is Chair of the Haematology teaching block.

Associate Professor Fuller is engaged with local state and federal government representatives, business and community groups to support medical research at Nepean Clinical School. He has presented talks to local Rotary groups, patient support groups and business groups.

His vision for research and education at Nepean Clinical School is to develop multi-disciplinary, cross-faculty mental health, infectious diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and cancer Strategic Priority AReas for Collaboration (SPARCs) strategically located in Western Sydney. This research will be integrated with teaching, providing opportunities for MD students to participate in studies focused on research of national and international importance. Furthermore, this research will promote retention and recruitment of academic and research staff, including higher degree research students and postdoctoral fellows.