Professor Tania Sorrell AM, FAHMS, is Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases and Director of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, University of Sydney; Group Leader, the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Westmead, NSW; and Service Director, Infectious Diseases and Sexual Health, Western Sydney Local Health District.
Over several years, she has been an international leader in mycology research – on the pathogenesis of fungal (cryptococcal) infections, emerging fungal diseases, new antifungal drug development, new diagnostics and clinical trials of antifungal diagnostic and treatment strategies.
More recently she has extended her research and capacity building work to One Health and emerging infectious diseases.
Professor Sorrell is a past President of the Australasian Society for Infectious diseases.
She has served on state and national advisory committees in Infectious Diseases and therapeutics, the Research and Human Ethics Committees of NHMRC and chaired a World Health Organisation Advisory Group of Independent Experts on WHO’s Smallpox Research Program (2010, 2013).
She is currently a member of the Expert Technical Advisory Group, Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and of the Genomics Health Futures Mission Expert Advisory Committee (Medical Research Future Fund).