Professor Frazer's current research interests include immunoregulation and immunotherapeutic vaccines for papillomavirus associated cancers.
Professor Ian Frazer was trained as a renal physician and clinical immunologist in Edinburgh, Scotland before emigrating in 1980 to Melbourne, Australia to pursue studies in viral immunology and autoimmunity at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research with Prof Ian Mackay. In 1985 he moved to Brisbane to take up a teaching post with the University of Queensland, and he now holds a personal chair as head of the Diamantina Institute.
Professor Frazer holds research funding from several Australian and US funding bodies. He is a director of a biotechnology start-up company, Coridon, with an interest in optimising and targeting polynucleotide vaccine protein expression. He is president of Cancer Council Australia, and advises the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation on papillomavirus vaccines. He won the 2005 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science, the Australian of the Year in 2006, and the Prime Minister's Prize for Science in 2008. Professor Frazer teaches immunology to undergraduate and graduate students of The University.