Professor James McCluskey has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne, since 2011. Professor McCluskey trained in Perth as a physician and pathologist before spending four years at the National Institutes of Health in the USA. On returning to Australia in 1987 he worked at Monash University until 1991 before joining Flinders University and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Professor McCluskey joined the University of Melbourne in 1997 as Chair in Microbiology and Immunology.
He has been a consultant to the Australian Red Cross for more than 25 years leading transplant services and advising on organ transplantation matching. He led technological innovation in donor-organ matching and established the South Australian node of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 1992.
He has previously been a director of the Burnet Institute, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and two national Cooperative Research Centres. He led the conception, construction and development of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a AUD $210M joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.
He is currently a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Medical research Institute, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Bionics Institute, UoM Commercial, Friends of ASHA for Indian Slums and is Chair of the Board of Nossal Institute Limited.
Professor McCluskey was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2012 and Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2015.