After completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2002, Andrew was recruited to Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) by Prof Tony Cunningham as a post doc in his HIV Pathogenesis research group.

Andrew has capitalised on the opportunity of conducting research at larger health precinct and has established collaboration with many surgeons such that he has access to human tissues. Andrew’s work almost exclusively makes use of these tissue.  He heads two research groups at (WIMR). His ‘Mucosal Immunology and HIV group’ investigating sexual transmission of HIV’ with a particular focus on the way mononuclear phagocytes transmission of HIV. His ‘Autoinflammatory Group’ which he co-runs with A/Prof Scott Byrne investigates the immunology of diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Andrew Harman is also the Applied Medical Sciences (AMED) at Westmead honours coordinator. 


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


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



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