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Our people

Fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration
Our leadership supports a vibrant and cross-disciplinary academic community of researchers from across the University.

Our institute is comprised of central organisation structure with a core executive, a multidisciplinary advisory board and node leaders. 

Core executive

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Professor Tania Sorrell


The Institute's Co-Director, Professor Tania Sorrell, guides our strategic thinking, key partnerships and outputs. Professor Sorrell's leadership was instrumental in establishing the institute and she has successfully created multidisciplinary research networks including medical and vetinary sciences, biological sciences and humanities and social sciences, in an effort to improve capacity in Australia and abroad, in diagnostics, surveillance, infection control and infectious disease prevention.

Tania is a Professor of Clinical Infectius Diseases at the University of Sydney, a Senior Physician in Infectious Diseases at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, an an internationally renowned infectious diseases physician and medical mycologist whose research focuses on invasive fungal infections. She has a long-standing interest in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, especially in immunocompromised individuals.  

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Professor Ben Marais


Ben Marais trained as a paediatrician in Cape Town, South Africa. He joined the university in 2011, and currently works as an Infectious Diseases Consultant at the Children's Hospital Westmead.

His primary research interest is tuberculosis (epidemiology, strain diversity/evolution, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, drug resistance) with a special focus on how children are affected by the global epidemic. He is CIB on NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence for: Tuberculosis Control: from Discovery to Public Health Policy and Practice. He has a keen interest in international child health; including HIV, TB/HIV, paediatric and emerging infections in general, as well as operations and cross-disciplinary research. An area that he would like to develop is the measurement of holistic health outcomes that acknowledges the need to maintain biodiversity and ecological resilience, which is essential for optimal and sustainable health of our planet – in keeping with the “One World – One Health” concept.

Flagship Advisory Board