Dr Rebekah Puls

Board Director, Chair of the Research Advisory Committee

Dr Rebekah Puls has joined the Perron Institute Board and is Chair of the Research Advisory Committee. Dr Puls, a senior research professional, brings significant clinical trial and executive management experience to the Institute. A particular strength has been her success in bringing multidisciplinary groups together to provide a thematic approach to research to expedite improvements in the delivery of clinical treatment and healthcare to the community.

Since completing her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at The University of Western Australia, Dr Puls has been Sydney-based for the past 21 years. 

She has held several roles at The University of New South Wales, including her most recent as Executive Officer (UNSW Medicine Research Themes, UNSW Sydney and Clinical Academic Groups), Maridulu Budyari Gumal, Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). In this role, she was responsible for delivering strategic initiatives to build capacity and excellence within and between universities, government departments, medical research institutes, service providers and consumers. 

For 15 years, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Clinical Project Leader at the Kirby Institute, at UNSW Sydney. There, she was involved in numerous international projects, including some sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. She was also Clinical Research Manager at the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney, providing high-level expertise and senior strategic managerial support to clinics and research programs.   

Dr Puls has had significant research achievements in the areas of HIV infection and treatment, immunology and infectious diseases. Several studies provided updates to international HIV treatment guidelines for the World Health Organisation and one study resulted in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. She has published in The Lancet and obtained substantial grants from various funding bodies, including the National Health and Medical Research Council and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Dr Puls has served on various committees, including UNSW Medicine and Health Research Committee, SPHERE Translational Research Committee, and the NSW Health South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Research and Translation Committee. 

Having recently returned to Perth, Dr Puls will continue her new role as Executive Officer, H2Seq Initiative. It’s a national virus genomics network, to reduce the incidence and impact of HIV and hepatitis C in Australia.