William Rawlinson AM


William Rawlinson AM

1990 Scholar in Medicine

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

William (Bill) Rawlinson graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine with distinction 1983. After graduating Bill worked as a registrar in the infectious disease unit and then at the virology unit at Westmead Hospital and was made a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1990.

Bill was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD in the field of Virology at Cambridge University. His PhD will focus on the study of CMV infection, a common cause of mortality in patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and patients who have kidney, heart, liver or bone marrow transplants.

Studied at: University of Oxford

Current Biography

Prof Bill Rawlinson AM is a Senior Medical Virologist and the Director of Virology at South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health Service (SEALS). He is Director of the Area Virology Reference Laboratory, a virology clinical trials unit, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) licensed laboratory that tests organ donors for blood-borne viruses, and the virology research laboratory.

Prof Rawlinson completed his MBBS and BSc(Med) at the University of Sydney in 1983. He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Infectious Diseases, and subsequently specialised in virology, receiving his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia in Microbiology. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 1994, for his studies of the genomes of human and murine CMV.

Prof Rawlinson is now a molecular virologist with particular scientific expertise in herpes viruses (CMV), hepatitis virus (HCV), enteroviruses and respiratory viruses. His contributions to science include testing new algorithms for common viral illnesses, sequencing and analysis of the murine CMV genome, unique studies of congenital CMV and the placenta, unique data on endogenous viruses and cancer, and he continues to directly supervise projects within these areas.

Prof Rawlinson has received multiple awards in science, and is on advisory boards to the NSW and Commonwealth Departments of Health.

Scholarship Year: 1990

Fields of Interest

Immunology, Medicine, Stem cells