James McCluskey

Professor James McCluskey AO

Alliance position: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Melbourne View alliance profile

Professor James McCluskey is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne where he has previously held senior roles as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships) and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology.

He is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in Microbiology and Immunology and a Clarivate highly cited researcher for his research on immune recognition and genetic control of immune responses. Professor McCluskey established the South Australian division of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and has consulted for the Australian Red Cross in solid organ and haemopoeitic stem cell transplantation matching since 1990.

He has received several national and international awards for his research and is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2018 he was Awarded Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his contributions to immunity and medical education.

Professor McCluskey has previously served as a board member of the Bionics Institute, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, St Vincent’s Institute, the Burnet Institute and several cooperative research centres.  He is currently a board director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australian Friends of Asha Slums, Trinity College Melbourne, Nossal Institute Ltd, the Defence Science Institute and UoM Commercial. He is a foundation member of the governing board of the Atlantic Institute (Oxford) and a member of the advisory board of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, a program to foster indigenous leadership for social change.

Professor McCluskey led the development of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.