Current QIMR Berghofer appointment
- 2017 – current: Group Leader at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
- 2012 – 2017: Team Head at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
- 2008 – 2011: Senior Post-doctoral Researcher, Immunology and Infection Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer
- 2006 – 2008: Research Scientist for Sarantis Ltd, based at QIMR Berghofer
- 2002 – 2005: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK: Post-doctoral Research Fellowship with Dr Gregory Bancroft, studying host immune responses during gram-negative bacterial infection.
Current Area of Research
The Malaria Immunology Laboratory aims to research the interactions that occur between the malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium, and cells of the mammalian immune system. Symptoms of malaria in humans occur after the parasite infects red blood cells, with severe, and fatal disease often occurring in patients with the largest numbers of parasites in their bodies.
Its aim is to understand how infected red blood cells can be detected and cleared from the body by the immune system, and importantly, why this process so often fails. Research includes novel strategies for improving parasite clearance, to inform the development of better vaccines and immune-therapies against malaria.
The laboratory’s approach has been to generate new tools and techniques to study Plasmodium parasites in well-established experimental malaria models. Currently a focus on understanding how Plasmodium interactions with dendritic cells and macrophages controls both the outcome of infection, and the onset of adaptive immunity to malaria.
- Cambridge University, UK: BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences, specialising in Biochemistry.
- Imperial College (University of London): PhD in Microbial Biochemistry, studying with Prof Gordon Dougan.