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.


A chart detailing the organisational structure of the Kirby Institute



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: 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


Advisory Committees

The Advisory Committees act as review and advisory bodies for key operational and critical strategic research growth areas for the Kirby Institute. They include areas and initiatives that span the breadth of the Kirby Institute’s program and are led by senior researchers.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Research and Education Advisory Committee

The Kirby Institute has established a Advisory Committees in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Research and Education to advise on the development, interpretation, implementation, and presentation of an enhanced strategic commitment regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led work within the Institute. 
The Advisory Committee provides an opportunity for members to have input into projects through an exchange of ideas, also acting as a mechanism to support project outcomes effectively and appropriately with key stakeholders.   
The Committee feeds back to the Kirby Institute’s Strategic Advisory Group and Executive Committee. 

Chair: Mr Robert Monaghan


Clinical Trial Research Advisory Committee

The goals of the Clinical Research Advisory Committee are to align processes across the Institute that relate to the conduct of conducting ethical and best practice research across our populations of interest. Specifically, the Advisory Committee aims to streamline and optimize engagement both across the diversity of Kirby Institute programs, and with key UNSW stakeholders that are essential to the conduct of best clinical research practice including Legal, Insurance, and Research Ethics and Strategy Teams.

Chairs: Professor Gail Matthews and Ms Cate Carey


Health Economics and Health Systems Advisory Committee

The overriding goal of this Advisory Committee is to enhance health system performance, improve health outcomes, and achieve greater value for public health resources. Our health economists and modellers work with clinicians, sociologists, statisticians, policy makers, health care managers and affected communities to improve how health care is delivered and financed in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. We are recognised for our expertise in: health care financing; impact evaluation; economic evaluation; health technology assessment; process evaluation; priority setting; equity analysis; and modelling. We actively support research translation through for example, submissions for public funding to the Medical Services Advisory and bespoke short courses and mentoring to funders and policy makers. The Kirby Institute also houses the Health Economics Research Network (HERN), a UNSW-wide collaboration involving around 30 staff and students working and studying in the field. Our team are active members of the Australian Health Economics Society and Health Systems Global. In 2019, Virginia was voted by her peers onto the board of the International Health Economics Society. 

Chair: Professor Virginia Wiseman