Infectious Diseases



Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide and each year new infectious agents are emerging. To combat this trend our researchers seek to understand the body’s immune response which is important for a wide range of diseases, from autoimmune conditions, where the immune response to the individual is excessive, to emerging infectious diseases affecting populations around the world.

Our researchers study bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. They investigate all types of immune reactions, including agents of importance to:

  • Australia, such as swine and human influenza;
  • Asia Pacific, such as malaria; and
  • around the world, such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

The study of infectious diseases and immunology at Sydney Medical School covers laboratory, clinic and population studies, and involves all organ systems and crosses all medical specialties.

The theme is lead by Professor Tania Sorrell

The Marie Bashir Institute
Infectious diseases

The Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity is committed to meeting the challenge of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Visit the The Marie Bashir Institute to find out more about their work.