Bill Rawlinson


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Professor of Virology and molecular biology

Prof Bill Rawlinson AM is the Senior Medical Virologist and Director of Virology at South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health Service. He is Director of the Area virology reference laboratory, a virology clinical trials unit, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) licensed laboratory testing organs donors for blood borne viruses, and the virology research laboratory. Prof Rawlinson completed his MBBS and BSc(Med) at the University of Sydney in 1983, then obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Infectious Diseases, and subsequently specialised in virology, receiving his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia in Microbiology. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1994, for his studies of the genomes of human and murine CMV. Prof Rawlinson is now a molecular virologist with particular scientific expertise in herpes viruses (CMV), hepatitis virus (HCV), enteroviruses, and respiratory viruses. His contributions to science includes new testing algorithms for common viral illnesses, sequencing and analysis of the murine CMV genome, unique studies of congenital CMV and the placenta, unique data on endogenous viruses and cancer, and he continues to directly supervise projects within these areas. Prof Rawlinson has received multiple awards in science (see below), and is on advisory boards to the NSW and Commonwealth Departments of Health.

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'Highly-mutable' coronavirus 'still something we’re learning about'


Professor Bill Rawlinson, senior medical virologist says human-to-human transmission from coronavirus “was expected from the start, given what we knew about SARS and MERS”. Professor Rawlinson told Sky News the virus was “highly-mutable” and was probably instigated “through bats and another animals to emerge and infect humans”. “It doesn’t necessarily weaken or strengthen, what it does is it allows that virus to move through people and to transmit,” he said “The recovery process is still something we’re learning about. “Ultimately we want to control person-to-person spread and hopefully that won’t get worse, and then eventually we hope it dies out.”

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