Professor Robyn O'Hehir AO

Professor Robyn O'Hehir AO

Current Positions:

Telephone: +61 3 9076 2251
(Monash); (Alfred)

Department of Respiratory Medicine
2nd Floor East Block, Alfred Hospital
55 Commercial Road
Melbourne 3004

Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Department of Immunology and Pathology
Level 6, Burnet Tower, AMREP
89 Commercial Road
Melbourne 3004


As a key academic clinician-scientist in international allergy research for over 30 years, Professor Robyn O’Hehir AO successfully combines strong basic research with continuing commitment to clinical medicine. The importance of her research is indicated by her successful competitive grant funding in excess of $124 million since 1997 including continuous NHMRC funding (29 NH&MRC grants), and funding from the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, Monash Director of the CRC Asthma and Airways (12 years), Australian Food Allergy Foundation, CASS Foundation, Alfred Research Trusts and a founding member of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation in Melbourne. In 2007 she was honoured by the NHMRC as one of ten “Great Minds in Australian Research”.

Professor O’Hehir is widely published with more than 335 publications with over 27,800 career citations to date and a career h-index of 67 (h-index of 44 since 2016; Google Scholar May 2021).  She is the second most cited author in clinical immunology, third in allergen immunotherapy and fourth in food allergy in Google Scholar. Robyn graduated in Science and then Medicine and Surgery from Monash University, completed her PhD at University of London on a Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship and obtained postgraduate qualifications as FRACP, FRCP, FRCPath, FAHMS and FThorSoc.  She holds the Foundation Chair of Allergy in Australia, at Monash University.

Professor O’Hehir has a longstanding interest in immunomodulation as a therapeutic treatment for allergic and other immune mediated diseases. Notably she pioneered and established methodology for cloning human allergen-specific T cells to define their biology.  Professor O’Hehir has an active patent portfolio in translational research with inventorship on 18 patent families at various stages of progression including the start-up Aravax Pty Ltd.  Her research has translated into enhanced allergen immunotherapy including for house dust mite and grass pollen aeroallergies (notably epidemic thunderstorm asthma), and currently a therapeutic for peanut allergy is progressing in clinical trials.   Professor O’Hehir served on the Cabrini Australia Board for 10 years until October 2020 and holds Membership of the Australian institute for Company Directors. In 2015 she was honoured by election as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. Professor O’Hehir is an Officer in the Order of Australia and is included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Professor O’Hehir also contributes to the community through membership of the NHMRC Health Innovation Advisory Committee and is a Life Governor of Asthma Victoria.  She has served as an editor or editorial board member of the top three global discipline specific journals in allergy and clinical immunology and is currently an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She is an Editor of the Middleton’s Principles and Practice of Allergy books.  She has supervised to completion and mentored more than 40 graduate student and currently co-supervises three PhD students. She teaches into the Monash Translational Immunology course and into the medical undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Monash University and Alfred Health.


Professor O’Hehir has more than 350 publications. See Pubmed: