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Dr Thomas Rasmussen

Dr Thomas Rasmussen

Dr Thomas Rasmussen

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Associate Clinical Director of HIV Cure Studies
The University of Melbourne
Lab Group(s):
Lewin Group

Dr Thomas Rasmussen is a Clinical Research Fellow in Professor Sharon Lewin’s laboratory. Thomas has a Doctor of Medicine degree from Aarhus University, Denmark in 2006 and has since been involved in clinical infectious disease medicine and HIV-related science with research activities primarily including clinical, translational and epidemiological studies. He completed his PhD in HIV in 2014, which was focused on the clinical use of histone deacetylase inhibitors to reverse HIV-1 latency. Thomas’ ongoing research is focused at understanding the barriers to curing HIV-1 infection and testing new strategies aimed at eliminating latent HIV-1 infection. 

  • Key Achievements
    • Based at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, Thomas has led a pre-clinical study of histone deacetylase inhibitors and their potential use in HIV-1 infection. Subsequently, he was the principal investigator on a phase I/IIa clinical trial investigating the effect of the histone deacetylase inhibitor, panobinostat, on HIV-1 latency in patients with chronic HIV-1 infection. The primary results of this study, which was funded by a grant from The Danish Research Council, were published in The Lancet HIV in October, 2014. He is also an investigator on several on-going clinical studies investigating interventions aimed at the development of a cure for HIV. 

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    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

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