Associate Professor Julianne (Julie) Djordjevic is head of the Fungal Pathogenesis Group within the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (CIDM) at the Westmead Institute.

She completed a PhD at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Queensland (1995) and a post-doctoral fellowship (1998) at the Heart Research Institute, University of Sydney, investigating the molecular basis of atherosclerosis. Between 1999 and 2002, she did a post-doctoral fellowship in the Departments of Rheumatology and Immunology at Westmead Hospital investigating the site of action of novel immunosuppressive/antimicrobial peptides and mechanisms of HIV pathogenesis, respectively. In 2003, she joined CIDM to work on fungal pathogenesis and in 2004 completed a sabbatical at the Medical University of South Carolina studying fungal secretion pathways. In 2005 she was appointed to a tenured position as Head of the Fungal Pathogenesis Group.

Her group elucidates mechanisms which fungi deploy to cause life-threatening systemic infection, with a view to exposing potentially novel “drugable” fungal components. In collaboration with University College London her group obtained NHMRC-funding to investigate the role of a series of kinases forming the basis of a novel cellular pathway which is critical for host-pathogen interaction and virulence. 


Fungal Molecular Pathogenesis, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Proteomics, HIV/AIDS, Microbiology


Infection and Immunological Conditions

Research Focus

Understanding virulence of the fungal pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans

Other Affiliations

Sydney Medical School > Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 The Westmead Institute for Medical Research Science Prize
  • 2015 Scientific Advisory Committee Member, Australasian Yeast Group: Yeast products and Discovery (YPD) scientific meeting, Adelaide Dec 2-4
  • 2015 Chair of the conference organising committee: Australasian Mycological Society joint meeting with the Australian Society for Microbiology, Canberra
  • 2014-present Vice President of the Australasian Mycological Society
  • 2012-present Associate Editor “Frontiers in Microbiology -Fungi and their Interactions” Nature Publishing Group 
  • 2011 Westmead Hospital Week Science Prize (best oral presentation)
  • 2008  WMI Science Prize
  • 1992 Amrad Young Investigator Award
  • 1991 Australian Postgraduate Research Award 



  • BSc, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UQLD, Brisbane
  • BSc (Hons 1A) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UQLD, Brisbane
  • PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UQLD, Brisbane