About WEHI

We’re medical researchers making discoveries to help people live healthier, longer lives.

WEHI lab group researchers
“There are millions of people living healthier lives today because of WEHI’s discoveries and every day we’re working on the next vital breakthrough.”
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Professor Ken Smith
Director, WEHI
staff & students
active patents
consumer advisors
clinical trials based on WEHI discoveries
scientific publications in 2023

We nurture the brightest minds

For over 100 years we have brought the world’s brightest scientists together to help solve some of the world’s most complex health issues. We are brighter because of our collaborations with hospitals, universities, research institutes, supporters, alumni and the community.

Together, we can do even more, faster to tackle the world’s most devastating diseases.

Dr Amanda Au working in the National Drug Discovery Centre
Dr Amanda Au working in WEHI’s National Drug Discovery Centre
We’re making life-changing discoveries

Our scientists are dedicated to improving lives by solving complex health problems in the fields of cancer, immune health and infection, developmental disorders and healthy ageing.

Associate Professor Wai-Hong Tham with her lab members
Above: Associate Professor Wai-Hong Tham with her lab members
Medical research students using a microscope
Our students receive world-class medical research training.

Education opportunities

WEHI offers postgraduate training as the Department of Medical Biology of the University of Melbourne, and is affiliated with the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.


Mastery of disease through discovery.


We’re an innovative medical research institute that engages and enriches society and improves health outcomes through discovery, translation and education.

Our company values

Pursuit of excellence
Integrity and mutual respect
Collaboration and teamwork
Contribution to society
Learn more about WEHI’s values
Researchers with the mobile laboratory van used for field trips to the Murray Valley
Scientists in the National Drug Discovery Centre
Dr Kym Lowes and Dr Kate Jarman in the National Drug Discovery Centre

Together, we can create a brighter future

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