Organisational structure

Our teams of highly skilled, passionate people work across a broad range of research traditions that span the full spectrum of care – all the way from the lab to impacted individuals and communities. This unique approach allows us to attack infectious disease from every angle and maximises our chances of success.

Kirby Institute Organisational Structure



For ongoing strategic growth and development of the Kirby Institute, we have identified and recognised four broad areas of research strength within which our Research Programs are grouped. Each Theme is led by a Theme Director, who provides high level executive oversight on matters of strategic and operational significance.


Basic Science and Pathogenesis

Understand infectious diseases and their behaviour at the cellular and molecular level in order to develop tests, vaccines and treatments.

Research programs:

Theme Director: Professor Miles Davenport


Clinical Trials and Therapeutic Interventions

Develop and assess therapeutic interventions for maximum individual and community impact.

Research programs:

Theme Director: Scientia Professor Gregory Dore


Populations and Prevention

Working with populations that are most impacted by infection, we study community knowledge, behaviours and barriers to inform effective and accessible solutions.

Research programs:

Theme Director: Scientia Professor Andrew Grulich


Public Health

Design evidence-based programs that are implemented in a way that maximises successful health outcomes for all.

Research programs:

Theme Director: Professor Rebecca Guy