MD FRACP PhD
Nila Dharan is an Infectious Diseases physician with a research focus on international infectious diseases and public health. She completed her medical training in Internal Medicine and specialist training in Infectious Diseases in the United States and completed a research fellowship with the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has clinical and public health research experience in the areas of HIV, influenza and tuberculosis.
In 2021, she completed a PhD in the area of HIV comorbidities and aging, aimed at understanding the spectrum of comorbidities among persons living with HIV in Australia, and understanding aging-related genetic changes in people with HIV. Her current research is focused on several areas including HIV comorbidities, HIV and ageing, and HIV prevention.
2003: Hubert International Research Fellowship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
2008: Joint Program Committee Award in the area of Epidemiology of Infection for abstract "Oseltamivir-resistant influenza A(H1N1) in the United States, 2007-2008", presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
2010: Special Citation for Fellows-in-Training for abstract "Child and household risk factors for hospitalization with laboratory-confirmed influenza among children aged 6-59 months - United States 2005-2008", presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
2019: Kirby Institute (University of New South Wales) Emerging Investigator Award
2021: UNSW 2021 Medicine and Health Early Career Academic Network Best Research Paper Award for Clinical Medicine and Science
My research is focused on understanding the burden and pathophysiology of comorbidities and ageing people with HIV.
National Groups and Societies
2009-2010 Combination Influenza Antiviral Therapy Focus Group, National Institutes of Health
2022-present Advocacy and Policy Committee, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases
2011-2018 Infectious Diseases Society of America
2012-2015 International AIDS Society
2015-2018 American Society of Microbiology
2017-present Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine
2020-present Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases
2021-present International Immunocompromised Host Society
2014: “Hot Topic: A Potentially Deadly Virus Comes to the U.S.” in Rutgers Today, May 23, 2014. https://www.newswise.com/articles/hot-topic-a-potentially-deadly-virus-comes-to-the-u-s
2014: "Flu vaccine may not protect against dangerous strain of virus" in NJ Advance Media/NJ.com (interviewed by Star Ledger), December 4, 2014. http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2014/12/mismatch_between_flu_virus_and_vaccine.html
2014: Featured in “Researchers discuss influenza vaccine” in The Daily Targum, December 7, 2014. http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2014/12/researchers-discuss-influenza-vaccine
2014: Featured in “Spreading more than cheer: Holiday fliers 100 times more likely to catch germs on a plane” in the NJ Advance Media/NJ.com (interviewed by Star Ledger), December 22, 2014. http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2014/12/spreading_more_than_cheer_holiday_fliers_100_times_more_likely_to_catch_germs_on_a_plane.html#incart_rive
2021: Featured in “Older people with HIV are twice as likely to develop ageing-related genetic changes” in Aged Care Insite, July 22, 2021. https://www.agedcareinsite.com.au/2021/07/older-people-with-hiv-are-twice-as-likely-to-develop-ageing-related-genetic-changes/