A/Prof Benjamin Cowie is an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist, with appointments at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory at the Doherty Institute, and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, Ben is a medical epidemiologist with Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He serves on a range of communicable disease, clinical and public health committees at state, national and international levels, including serving on committees and expert panels relating to viral hepatitis for the World Health Organization.
Since completing his PhD studies, Ben has built a broad research agenda in the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, with a focus on viral hepatitis. He has supervised a number of Masters and PhD students in this area and has been awarded several grants for both research and innovative program development in relation to viral hepatitis. Ben has been involved in the development of health public policy in relation to viral hepatitis in Australia and internationally, and in 2015 was named the inaugural Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at the Doherty Institute.