The Austin Research Institute
Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos received her PhD majoring in immunology in 1995 from the University of Melbourne and also received the Advanced certificate in Protein Crystallography from Birkbeck College, University of London. She has undertaken research at the Austin Research Institute and at the Burnet Institute Australia, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology Oxford University UK, the Scripps Research Institute USA and undertook sabbatical at the Mater Medical Research Institute in Queensland. Her expertise is multi-disciplinary with extensive expertise in immunology, x-ray crystallography, medicinal chemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology and has extensive translational research expertise with development of drugs and vaccines.
Vasso was the head of the Immunology and Vaccine Unit at the Austin Research Institute and at the Burnet Institute, she was the Immunology Program Leader in the Centre for Chronic Disease at Victoria University and is the Mechanisms and Interventions in Health and Disease Program Leader at the Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University. She was the interim Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Victoria University and is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships) at Victoria University. Vasso’s creative and problem solving approach coupled with her extensive expertise in immunology is being directed to a wide range of disorders including: diabetes; cardiovascular disease; inflammatory bowel disease; multiple sclerosis; cancer; mental health and drug addiction.