Russell Diefenbach is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Virus Research at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. He graduated in Science with BSc Honours (First Class) from the University of Queensland in 1987 and went on to complete a PhD in Biochemistry at the same university in 1992. He embarked on postdoctoral studies overseas, spending time at the University of Toronto, Canada (1991-1994). He returned to Australia as a Research Fellow in the Biochemistry Department, University of Sydney (1995) before taking up his current appointment in 1996. He has been a group leader in the Centre for Virus Research since 2000.


Infection and immunity, Cell biology, Virology, Cancer, Proteomics


Cancer, Infection and Immunological Conditions

Research Focus

His main research interest revolves around deciphering the functional role of viral proteins in various stages of viral replication including entry, transport, assembly, and egress.

Other Affiliations

Faculty of Medicine and Health > FMH Medical Research Institutes > Westmead Institute for Medical Research


  • BSc (Hons), Biochemistry, University of Queensland
  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Queensland