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  • Ranked #4 in Australia for research Immunology, 2015 Excellence in Research Australia
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Discipline of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Tackling human health through the study of disease
Infectious diseases have a global effect on human health, and by studying and understanding the mechanisms behind them, we aim to contribute directly to the improvement of health on a worldwide scale.

About the discipline

Infectious diseases are of global importance as highlighted by the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in many pathogens.  Immunology has been responsible for some of the most impressive advances in medicine in the 20th century, including immunisation and the eradication of smallpox. Through the study of pathogens and host immune responses, we aim to improve our understanding and treatment and prevention for infectious diseases and for auto-immune diseases, allergy and the immunotherapy cancer.

We teach into a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

Study options

We teach into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) programs, the Bachelor of Science, Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) and Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) degrees.  We welcome all postgraduate student enquiries.

We teach undergraduate units into the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science), with subject areas including immunology, virology and infectious diseases.

Browse some of our units of study in infectious diseases and immunology here.

Postgraduate courses in infection and immunity offer a unique opportunity for those from medical, science or allied health backgrounds to gain the latest knowledge and practical skills in the study of infectious diseases and immunology.
 

* Requires a medical degree

Complete a one-year research opportunity in infectious diseases and immunology with us.  An honours year enhances your career opportunities and can be used as a stepping-stone to further research.

Honours in infectious diseases and immunobiology can be completed as a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours).

For more information on honours with us, visit the honours page, or contact Associate Professor Carl Feng (carl.feng@sydney.edu.au).

The University offers a range of research opportunities to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake a:

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, visit our postgraduate research page.

Our research

Our research expertise lies in the study of micro-organisms and host immunological responses that lead to the control and eradication of pathogens and the immunology of cancer.

By understanding the mechanisms of development and transmission of infectious diseases, we can provide a rational basis for the development of novel treatments, therapies and preventative measures to combat disease. Our immunology research focuses on immune responses to important human pathogens and in cancer in order to develop new vaccines and immunotherapies.

Research areas include:

  • Immunobiology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, including varicella zoster, cytomegalovirus, influenza, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Host resistance to persistent intracellular pathogens and development of novel vaccines and drugs for tuberculosis
  • Pathobiology of bacterial pathogens in cystic fibrosis
  • The impact of ultraviolet light on immune response during the development of skin cancer
  • Immunotherapy of cancer.

 

  • Cytomegalovirus Research Group
  • Immunology and Host Defence Group
  • Immunotherapy of Cancer
  • Immunology of Skin Cancer
  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunity Group
  • Pathobiology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Cystic Fibrosis Group
  • Tuberculosis Research Group
  • Varicella Zoster Virus Research Group

Our people

Immunology
 

Infectious Diseases

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