Professor William Rawlinson AM FAHMS MBBS BSc PhD (Cantab) FRACP FRCPA FASM GCM FFSc

Medical Advisory Committee, Infectious Disease Expert
Sydney, NSW


Senior Medical Virologist and Professor UNSW

Prof Rawlinson is Director of the Serology and Virology Division (SAViD), NSW Health Pathology-SEALS Randwick, with conjoint appointments in the Department of Infectious Diseases Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney Children’s and Royal Hospital for Women. He is Professor in the faculties of Medicine, Science, and Women’s and Children’s Health, at UNSW. His current research includes studies of cytomegalovirus (CMV) including antiviral resistance in transplantation, and testing for pathogens including blood borne viruses (BBV) in transplantation. He is head of the NSW Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) licensed laboratory, which tests all NSW, and some interstate, donors for BBV. He is Chair of two national QA testing programs and a WHO committee. 

When organ and tissue donors are found suitable for donation based on medical and behavioural reviews, the BBV laboratory scientists screen for infectious diseases including HIV, HBV, HCV, syphilis and other recently described pathogens. Testing is undertaken using serological and molecular techniques. The laboratory also undertakes clinical research in methods to prevent BBV from being transmitted during transplantation.