Professor Tania Sorrell

Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Director Sydney Institute for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity
Medicine (Immunology & Infectious Diseases), Westmead Clinical School
Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research

C24 - Westmead Hospital
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9845 6012
F: +61 2 9891 5317

Biographical details

Tania Sorrell is the Director of the Sydney Institute for Emerging infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney, and a Senior Physician in Infectious Diseases at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. She has longstanding interests in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Infectious Diseases, especially in immunocompromised hosts, and in the emergence of resistant micro-organisms. Her research in the serious fungal infection, cryptococcosis, has provided new insights into host-microbial interactions and new drug development. She has developed new diagnostics for fungal diseases and is on international committees developing guidelines for therapy. She has served/serves on state and national advisory committees in Infectious Diseases, pandemic planning for influenza, approval of therapeutic agents and both the Research and Human Ethics Committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

Research interests

Pathogenesis of invasive fungal infection, new diagnostics and therapeutics

Current national competitive grants*


Discovering the genetic basis of fungal virulence
Meyer W, Huttley G, Sorrell T, Nevalainen H, Kwon-Chung K
NHMRC Project Grants ($551,568 over 3 years)

Cell therapy for the prevention and treatment of invasive filamentous fungal infections in patients with haematological malignancies
Gottlieb D, Sorrell T
NHMRC Project Grants ($946,543 over 4 years)


Centre for Research Excellence in Critical and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Iredell J, Sorrell T, Gilbert G, Kerridge I, Booy R, Dwyer D, Sintchenko V, Bennett B, Jones C
NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence ($2,499,690 over 5 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney