The Univeristy of Melbourne The Royal Melbourne Hopspital

A joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Barbara Scher

Barbara Scher

Barbara Scher

(03) 8344 0770 |

Clinical Research Liason Officer
Immunology, Viral Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections, Host Pathogens Interactions
Translational and Clinical Research
Doherty Directorate
Lab Group(s):
Lewin Group

Barbara contributes to the development of clinical research activities within the Doherty Institute, and work on projects examining a range of acute and chronic viral as well as bacterial diseases caused by agents including HIV, Hepatitis B, TB, Group A staph and intestinal microbiota. She provides support to Doherty clinical researchers in respect to:

  • Study protocol and PICF development
  • Ethics/governance submissions within the University and across multiple institutions, including hospitals
  • Post approval regulatory documentation support required by ICH GCP
  • Provide monitoring activities
  • Electronic clinical research database design via REDCap
  • Key Achievements
    • Barbara majored in Biochemistry and graduated with a BSc(Hons) MSc from Monash University. After graduating, Barbara went on to work in the field of male infertility at both the Centre for Early Human Development (Queen Victoria Hospital) and Department of Anatomy, Monash University. In 1996, Barbara changed fields and worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Oncology and Haematology clinical trials. In 2001, she set up the Oncology/Haematology Clinical Research Unit at Cabrini Health and became the inaugural manager of the unit from 2005 to 2015.

      Currently Barbara is a member of the University of Melbourne Clinical Trials Policy Worrking group as well as a member of the newly formed MACH Infectious Diseases Executive Committee.

    Research Groups
    • Lewin Group

      The main focus of the Lewin group is to understand why HIV infection persists on antiretroviral therapy, to develop new strategies to eliminate latency and to define the biological determinants of immune reconstitution and factors that drive liver disease in HIV-hepatitis B virus co-infection.

      Lab Team

      Lewin Group

      • Dr Jasminka Sterjovski
        Research Manager
      • Dr Jennifer Audsley
        Post-doctoral Research Fellow
      • Dr Jenny Anderson
        Post-doctoral Research Fellow
      • Dr Vanessa Evans
        Post-doctoral Research Fellow
      • Dr Jori Symons
        Post-doctoral Research Fellow
      • Dr Jennifer Zerbato
        Post-doctoral Research Fellow
      • Ajantha Rhodes
        Lab Manager
      • Surekha Tennakoon
        Research Officer
      • Ashanti Dantanarayana
        Research Assistant
      • Dr Kasha Singh
        PhD student
      • Dr Matthew Pitman
        PhD student
      • Youry Kim
        PhD student
      • Zuwena Richardson
        PhD student
      • Haoming Liu
        PhD Student
      • Rachel Pascoe
        PhD Student
      • Jared Stern
        PhD Student
      • Wei Zhao
        Research Fellow
      • Socheata Chea
        Clinical Research Support and Systems Administrator
      • Carolin Tumpach
        Research Support Officer