Professor Dena Lyras announced as new Monash BDI Deputy Director

Professor Dena Lyras.

We are pleased to announce that Professor Dena Lyras has accepted the position of Deputy Director of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI).

Professor Lyras heads the Functional Biology of Bacterial Pathogens Lab, and has been the Deputy Head of the Department of Microbiology since 2014.

A world-leading researcher in infectious disease, Professor Lyras’ research is focused on gut pathogens, particularly those involved in antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Her lab is focused on enteric pathogens, particularly those involved in antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Through the use of animal infection models they examine how these pathogens interact with the host and cause disease. Professor Lyras’ lab uses genetic approaches to understand how these micro-organisms harness regulatory and virulence factors in disease, and they are developing immunotherapeutics and small molecules to prevent and treat these infections in collaboration with industry partners.

Professor Lyras has also been inspiring students for more than 20 years, with active teaching roles in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She was appointed the President of the Australian Society of Microbiology in 2018, and serves as Chair of the Monash BDI Equity Committee. She believes strongly in inclusion and diversity, which aligns strongly with the value of the Monash BDI ad Monash University more broadly.

Professor John Carroll, Director of the Monash BDI, announced Professor Lyras’ appointment on Monday 27 August.

“Dena is the embodiment of the culture of the Monash BDI,” Professor Carroll said.

“I’m sure you will join me in congratulating Dena on this new role,” he said.

Professor Lyras began her new role as Deputy Director of the Monash BDI this week.


About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the newly established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.