Biography

Andrew Harman is theapplied medical sciences (AMED) honours coordinator at Westmead.

After completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2002, Andrew has been working at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research where heleads for two research groups. He has extensive collaborations with surgeons at the Westmead precinct which provides him with access to a large range of human tissues with which he conducts all his research. His primary researchis mucosal immunology which he appliesto bothsexual transmission of HIV and autoinflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease.

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

FMH Medical Research Institutes

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