Solly Faine, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.A


Emeritus Professor

Department of Microbiology,

Monash University,

Melbourne, Vic., Australia 3800


Director, MediSci Consulting and Writing,

2 Murray St., Armadale, Vic., Australia 3143

Telephone and fax number (International) + 61 3 9822 9706



Dr. Faine was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1926. He graduated in medicine from Otago University, Dunedin New Zealand 1949. He performed his post-graduate studies at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford University, England from 1953 to 1955.

B. Med. Sc 1946, MB ChB 1949 MD 1958 University of New Zealand; D. Phil Oxford University, England 1955. Fellow, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, Fellow American Academy of Microbiology, Fellow (Hon. Life Fellow) Australian Society for Microbiology.

Assistant Lecturer Bacteriology Otago University 1950-1952, Lecturer 1953-1955, Lecturer Microbiology 1955-1958. Senior Lecturer Bacteriology 1959-1963, Associate Professor Clinical Bacteriology 1963-1967, University of Sydney, Australia. Professor of Microbiology and Chairman, Department of Microbiology, Monash University, Melbourne Australia, 1968-1991. Emeritus Professor, Monash University, 199

From 1953-1955 Dr. Faine was at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford, England, on a Nuffield Dominions Trust Fellowship and worked while on study leave in USA (visiting professor, UCLA), France (Institut Pasteur, Paris), Israel, Germany, UK, Netherlands.  He supervised numerous graduate (Masters and PhD) research students and post-docs. Since his retirement from the university he has been a consultant, and principal, MediSci Consulting and Writing, Melbourne Australia, 1991-2005.  He also served as chairman of hospital infection control committees in Melbourne from 1974  to 2000.

Most of his research and publications have been in the fields of the bacteriology of leptospires, and in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology and control of leptospirosis. His research in these areas was financed by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and other competitive grant sources. He has also published research studies of antibiotics, sterilization and hospital infection, as well as invited editorials and comments in various areas of microbiology and epidemiology. He also served as the Marco Longo lecturer of the Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2000, American-Australian Association (Fulbright) Senior Fellow in 1978, French-Australian Exchange Scientist, Pasteur Institute 1972, and other study leave grants.

Dr. Faine has also been an invited lecturer at national and international conferences and universities and research institutions in USA, China, Japan, Thailand, S. Korea, France, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Barbados. Consultant and WHO advisor, Communicable Diseases (Zoonoses); editor of “Guidelines for the Control of Leptospirosis”, WHO, 1982. Author of “Leptospira and Leptospirosis” and CRC Press 1994, second edition with B Adler, C Bolin and P Perolat, 1999 (out of print). Participant in several WHO committees and consultations 1969 – 1996 on zoonotic diseases. Author or co-author of many papers and articles in journals, textbooks, and reference volumes.

            He has also served as a member and chairman of professional and scientific committees of Australian Society for Microbiology, and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (chief examiner in microbiology 1974-78), formerly associate editor “Pathology”, consultant and member of various other government and non-government committees.

            Variously Chairman and or member of Division of Bacteriology, International Union of Microbiology Societies and member of its executive committee about 1974-1986, as well as International Committee on Systematic Bacteriology and its Taxonomic Subcommittee on Leptospira until 1996.

            Effective 2005, Dr. Faine is fully retired.