Here on Hep B Connect, we have members with a range of expertise (ranging from scientists, doctors, public health experts, policy makers, and many others!).

This thread is for experts to say “hi”, introduce themselves, and let others know who they can call on to answer specific questions they might have about Hepatitis B.


Hi All,

I’m the founder of Hep B Connect, Thomas Tu. I’m a scientist who has studied Hep B for the last decade or so. I currently lead a research group focusing on how the virus persists in the liver (why does it cause a chronic infection) and how it causes disease (such as liver cancer and liver cirrhosis).

I’ve also recently been really interested in how else the virus infection affects a person in other aspects (discrimination, stigma, etc.)

Happy to answer any questions that fall into any of these categories, don’t be afraid to @ me!

Links about me
Google scholar profile
ResearchGate profile
University of Sydney academic profile


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Hi All

I’m Desiree I work in Multicultural Health in Western Sydney. I am passionate about community education and people having spaces to speak to each other.

This is a great initiative.


Hi Desiree,

Thanks for the kind words and welcome to the forum! I am sure your expertise will be really helpful here and I’m sure other forum members would be interested in your input on community outreach.


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Hi all,
This is Shan from Hepatitis NSW. Glad to be here and introduce myself.
I work as a hep B project officer, mandarin speaking, aiming to increase knowledge about hep B in the community. Be happy to contribute my bits to this community :slight_smile:


Welcome to the forum, Shan! It’s great to have you here.

For those who don’t know, Shan was the one doing the translating in our explainer of HBV replication - EXPLAINER: How Hep B infects the liver (English and Mandarin)


Hi my name is Joan Block. I’m a co-founder of the Hepatitis B Foundation with my husband Tim Block who is a virologist and wanted to establish a foundation to find a cure after I was diagnosed with hepB in 1989. Tim persuaded our friends Paul and Janine Witte to help us start the foundation. And today, the foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary!!! The Hepatitis B Foundation mission is to find a cure and improve the lives of those affected by hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. Our commitment and energy for working towards eliminating hepB has not diminished!!

Professionally, I’m a registered nurse who has dedicated the past 30 years to becoming educated about hepB and since my retirement as Exec Director of the foundation in 2017, I’m now much more involved in personally sharing with others what I’ve learned and experienced these past 30+ years since being diagnosed with chronic hepB. To date, I’ve lived a long, healthy and happy life with a wonderful husband and 2 adult children who are also happily married. And oh, I just became a grandmother!!


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Hi all,

I’m John Tavis, PhD. I am Professor of Molecular Virology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, USA. I am also Director of the Saint Louis University Institute for Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation, an academic drug discovery unit. I’ve studied HBV since 1992, and my lab currently studies the biochemistry of one of the 2 viral enzymes (the ribonuclease H) and is conducting preclinical drug discovery against the ribonuclease H.