Wijburg: Infection and Immunity Education Scholarship

Research Overview

A/Prof Odilia Wijburg is currently appointed as the Head of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology with a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching. Odilia’s scientific background is in immunology and she has a strong international and national record in research in polymicrobial respiratory infections. In 2012, Odilia joined the academic teaching staff as a subject coordinator and senior lecturer. She contributes to teaching immunology and microbiology to second and third year students completing Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine degrees.  She also is a discipline coordinator and delivers lectures and practical classes in infection and immunity to Doctor of Medicine students in the first year of their postgraduate degree. Her focus is on the delivery of a multi-disciplinary, coherent teaching program with an emphasis on development of a student-centred learning environment. Excellence in teaching and research led to the award of an Early Career Teaching Award by the Melbourne Medical school in 2014 and a promotion to Associate Professor in 2017.

In the context of scholarship in teaching and learning, Odilia focuses on student engagement in large class settings and development of self-directed and active learning skills in students in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Biomedical Sciences.

Current research interests:

  • Improving student – teacher interactions in large class settings to enhance active learning
  • Development of resources to support teachers in large class settings


2014 Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Early Career Teaching Award, Melbourne Medical School

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

Waller KL, Barr DP, Taylor PM, Wijburg OLC (2016) Embedding research ethics and integrity into
undergraduate practical classes. Microbiology Australia, 37(2): 76-80.

Click here https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2937-5370 to see a full list of Odilia’s publications

Research Projects

For project inquiries, contact our research group head.

School Research Themes

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Associate Professor Odilia Wijburg

Department / Centre

Microbiology and Immunology , Microbiology and Immunology

Unit / Centre

Wijburg: Infection and Immunity Education Scholarship

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