Biography

Andrew Harman is the coordinator of medical sciences at Westmead and is responsible for implementing a new Westmead based honours program in medical sciences. He is also the Westmead talented student program coordinator.

After completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2002, Andrew has been working at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research where he is now a group leader. His group researches mucosal immunology and sexual transmission of HIV.

Keywords

HIV/AIDS, Immunology, Innate Immunity, Sexual transmission of HIV, Dendritic cells

Themes

Infection and Immunological Conditions

Research Focus

Andrew's primary interest is in mucosal immunology and investigating sexual transmission of HIV. He has developed extensive collaborations with a range of sexual health specialists, as well as plastic, colorectal, gynaecological and urological surgeons.Therefore he has access to all the human tissues that sexually transmitted pathogens encounter during sexual intercourse (labia, vagina, cervix, foreskin, glans penis, urethra, anus and rectum). Regular access tothese tissue gives his group a translational cutting edge as they are one of the only research groups worldwide that has access to such a comprehensive range of anogenital tissue. Andrew's group also has access to human intestinal tissue and they are beginning to investigate the mucosal immunology associated with autoinflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Other Affiliations

Sydney Medical School > Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Awards and Recognition

  • 2011 – Science Prize for Research Excellence, Westmead Millennium Institute
  • 2010 – Best Oral Presentation, Westmead Hospital Symposium 
  • 2009 – Science Prize for Research Excellence, Westmead Millennium Institute
  • 2007 – Science Prize for Research Excellence, Westmead Millennium Institute

 

Education

  •  BSc (1st Class with hons), University College London, UK
  •  PhD, Pathology, University of Cambridge, UK