• Histocompatibility and immune response genetics (T cells, HLA molecules, Ag presentation, autoimmunity, Transplantation matching)



  • Professor McCluskey is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne, appointed in March 2011. Prior to this he was the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships) and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology.
    Professor McCluskey trained in Perth as a physician and pathologist. He spent four years at the National Institutes of Health in the USA. On returning to Australia in 1987 he worked at Monash University until 1991 before joining Flinders University and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
    Professor McCluskey joined the University of Melbourne in 1997 and has an international reputation for his research in basic and clinical immunology and is recognised for his leadership in the field of HLA and the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). He has consulted for the Australian Red Cross for more than 20 years and is Editor-in-Chief of the international immunogenetics journal Tissue Antigens.
    Professor McCluskey led the development of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. He is on the Board of Directors of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Bionics Institute and is Chair of the Nossal Institute Council and the Board of Nossal Institute Limited.



Member of

  • International HLA and Immunogenetics Workshop Group. President 2005 -
  • European Foundation for Immunogenetics. Member 2002 -
  • American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics. Member 2001 -
  • American Association of Immunologists. Member 1989 -
  • Australasian Society for Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Foundation Member 1988 -
  • Australasian and South East Asian Tissue Typing Association. Past President, member 1982 -
  • Australian Society for Immunology. Past President, member 1982 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • MD, The University of Western Australia 1989
  • MBBS, The University of Western Australia 1976
  • BMedSc, The University of Western Australia 1974

Awards and honors

  • Victoria Prize for the Life Sciences (joint with Jamie Rossjohn), 2016
  • GSK Award for Research Excellence, 2015
  • University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, 2013
  • Ceppellini Award and Lectureship, for substantial contribution to the field of Immunogenetics, European Federation for Immunogenetics, 2013
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 2012
  • International Roche Organ Transplantation Fund Recognition Prize recognising Excellence in Organ Transplantation Research jointly with Jamie Rossjohn, Roche Organ Transplantation Research Fund, 2011
  • NHMRC Research Excellence Award for top NHMRC Program Grant in 2012, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2011
  • Rose Payne Award and Medal for distinguished scientific contributions to the field of histocompatibility and immunogenetics, American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), 2007
  • Priscilla Kincaid Smith Oration, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2000
  • Parr Prize for Excellence in Rheumatology Research, awarded jointly with Professor Tom Gordon, Flinders University of South Australia, Australian Rheumatology Society, 1995
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, Australia, 1988
  • American Arthritis Investigator Award, American Arthritis Foundation, 1986
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1983
  • W.A. and M.G. Saw Medical Research Fellowship, University of Western Australia, 1983
  • Convocation Prize for top student in 2nd year Dental Science, University of Western Australia, 1970
  • Dr. F. Simpson Prize for top student in 1st year Dental Science, University of Western Australia, 1969



Available for supervision

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