Sharon Lewin is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital; Melbourne Laureate Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. She is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist. Her research focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection. She has published over 350 publications and given over 100 major invited talks on HIV cure. In 2019 and 2020, she was named a Clarivate Web of Science high citation researcher. She is President-Elect of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and co-chairs the IAS Global Advisory board for the Towards an HIV Cure initiative. She also leads the Australian Partnership for Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Emergencies (APPRISE), an NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence.