Welcome from Head of Department


Professor Andrew Brooks, B.SC (HONS), PHD (FLINDERS)

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology comprises more than 120 academic staff, including 25 full Professors, 80 graduate students and around 35 research groups that are actively involved in microbiology and immunology research and teaching.

The Department prides itself on excellence in teaching offering state of the art training in microbiology and immunology led by teaching specialists and teaching-research academics. The Department promotes research-led teaching in infection and immunity and provides superb training facilities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Research in the Department is focused on mechanisms of infection and immunity and the development of new ways to control and treat infectious diseases. Current research programs include the molecular analysis of bacterial and viral infections as well as understanding the development and function of the immune system.

The Department is recognised internationally for scientific excellence and leadership across the fields of microbiology and immunology and is home to a number of Australia's most eminent biomedical scientists including Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty AC. Each year the Department attracts around $20 million in competitive funding for its research programs.

The Department is also home to the Victorian Public Health Laboratory for Microbiology, known as the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit, which provides advice and services in public health microbiology to inform public health policy and practice.

The Department is housed in the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity,  a state-of-the-art facility that combines research and training in infectious diseases and immunology with laboratory diagnostic services, clinical services and infectious diseases surveillance and epidemiology.

Please browse through our website for more details about our teaching, research, training and service activities and don't hesitate to contact us if you need more specific information.

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