Malcolm Lawson

Dr, BSc MBA PhD W.Aust., AFAIM

  • The University of Western Australia (M720), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G302, Biomedical Research Facility, Shenton Park

    6009 Perth


  • 364 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
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Personal profile


Malcolm currently directs the UWA Centre for Animal Services and provides University wide support for extensive research animal based care, husbandry and veterinary services consistent with the NH&MRC Code of Practice and with other federal and state regulatory agencies. As Director of UWA Animal Services, Malcolm provides extensive assistance to UWA Research Centres and Institutes in developing animal based research technologies and support.

Malcolm was awarded a Commonwealth Post-Graduate Research Award and completed a UWA PhD in Virology (Distinction) investigating biological and virulence characteristics of Australian Flaviviruses. He completed post-doctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health (USA) on a Fogarty Research Fellowship developing vaccine strategies for Human Immunodeficiency Viruses. On his return to Australia, Malcolm led a team within an Australian based Cooperative Research Centre in the successful development of recombinant immuno-contraceptive viral vaccines for pest animal (mouse) control. Malcolm has supervised the completion of a number of PhD candidates, published a number of refereed journal articles, been awarded patents on recombinant viral technologies developed as part his Cooperative Research Centre research and has completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Most recently, Malcolm has been developing and refining UWA's laboratory animal research facilities, implementing and commissioning electronic facilities management software, forging close working relationships with veterinary professionals and has recently received the award of international accreditation of the UWA laboratory animal facilities by AAALAC - the first in Australia to have done so.

Roles and responsibilities

The Director of the UWA Centre for Animal Care Services is responsible to the Dean of the Faculty Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (FMDHS) for the management, development and continuous improvement of the Universities’ animal based biomedical research programs. The Director also provides strategic leadership and accountability to the UWA Board of Animal Facilities to ensure the viability and support of the Centre in the provision of collaborative support to a wide range of research stakeholders and to promote these activities through national and international forums. The Director leads and manages Animal Care Services in the delivery of high quality animal care and biomedical research project development. The Director also provides strategic planning in the delivery of these services to UWA and provides influence to ensure that high standards of animal care and husbandry for all animals utilised in research and teaching at UWA are well developed and maintained.


Development of key UWA animal research facilities and infrastructure
Development of animal based Bio-imaging resources
Management of professional staff in the care and health of animals
Leading international accreditation processes for laboratory animal based research activities
Facilitating a range of animal based biomedical and scientific research projects
Liaising with stakeholders and researchers in the development of animal based research initiatives.


  • Animal-based project management
  • Biological safety
  • Information management
  • Laboratory animal disease and detection
  • Recombinant DNA

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Research Output 1997 2017

  • 364 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 15 Article
  • 1 Chapter
15 Citations (Scopus)

Cryptosporidium homai n. sp. (Apicomplexa Cryptosporidiiae) from the guinea pig (Cavia porcellus)

Zahedi, A., Durmic, Z., Gofton, A. W., Kueh, S., Austen, J., Lawson, M., Callahan, L., Jardine, J. & Ryan, U., 15 Oct 2017, In : Veterinary Parasitology. 245, p. 92-101 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

guinea pigs
Guinea Pigs
3 Citations (Scopus)

Promoter control over foreign antigen expression in a murine cytomegalovirus vaccine vector

Cunningham, P., Lloyd, M., Harvey, N. L., Williams, E., Hardy, C. M., Redwood, A., Lawson, M. & Shellam, G., 2011, In : Vaccine. 29, p. 141-151

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

Prior infection with murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) limits the immunocontraceptive effects of an MCMV vector expressing the mouse zona-pellucida-3 protein

Gorman, S., Lloyd, M., Smith, L., Mcwhorter, A., Lawson, M., Redwood, A. & Shellam, G., 2008, In : Vaccine. 26, p. 3860-3869

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Zona Pellucida
zona pellucida
15 Citations (Scopus)

Viral vectored immunocontraception: Screening of multiple fertility antigens using murine cytomegalovirus as a vaccine vector

Redwood, A., Harvey, N. L., Lloyd, M., Lawson, M., Hardy, C. M. & Shellam, G., 2007, In : Vaccine. 25, 4, p. 698-708

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Immunologic Contraception
vector vaccines
31 Citations (Scopus)

Mixed infection with multiple strains of murine cytomegalovirus occurs following simultaneous or sequential infection of immunocompetent mice

Gorman, S., Harvey, N. L., Moro, D., Lloyd, M., Voigt, V., Smith, L., Lawson, M. & Shellam, G., 2006, In : Journal of General Virology. 87, 5, p. 1123-1132

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lac Operon
Salivary Glands

Projects 1996 2011