About Associate Professor Barry Slobedman

Associate Professor Barry Slobedman is the Head of the Cytomegalovirus Research Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Centre for Virus Research at the Westmead Millennium Institute

My major research interest lies in molecular analyses of herpesviruses. In particular, I have focused my research career on aspects of herpesvirus latency and pathogenesis and virally encoded immunomodulation. This has led to significant contributions to our understanding of how herpesviruses function and persist within the human host. I completed my PhD in 1994 at the University of Adelaide as a Dawes Scholar studying herpes simplex virus (HSV) latent infection and gene expression with Dr Tony Simmons. In 1996, after completing additional HSV studies in Adelaide I undertook postdoctoral training at Stanford University with Professor Edward Mocarski, studying human cytomegalovirus (CMV) latency and gene expression. My postdoctoral training at Stanford in a highly productive, world leading research lab was a valuable experience that cemented my strong desire to build an independent academic career in fundamental virus research. During my time at Stanford, I was awarded a highly competitive American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship. Whilst at Stanford I was also able to train in the laboratory of Professor Pat Brown, a pioneer in the development of microarray technologies. I returned to Australia towards the end of 1999 to take up the Rolf Edgar Lake Fellowship at the Westmead Millennium Institute (WMI) and University of Sydney. Since my return to Australia, I have established the Cytomegalovirus Research Laboratory, set-up a number of national and international collaborations and developed a productive research program with a focus on latency and pathogenesis of human cytomegalovirus, together with collaborative studies of varicella zoster immunopathogenesis. I have been awarded 7 National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) Project grants and most recently an NH&MRC Program grant, together with a number of other competitive grants and awards. In additional recognition of my work, I have been invited to present no fewer than 25 guest lectures at major national and international meetings and institutes/universities and am also a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney. Since establishing the CMV Research Laboratory I have supervised or co-supervised 12 Honours students (10 attaining 1st Class) and 4 PhD student completions. I currently supervise 8 PhD students (3 as primary supervisor) and 1 postdoc. I am a University of Sydney Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Director of the Centre for Virus Research and am a member of several student assessment committees, reviewer of NH&MRC grants and an active member of the Science Council of WMI and a number of related committees.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Associate Professor Slobedman's publicatons, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.