Professor Christian Engwerda is an expert in immunology and parasitology. He was recruited to QIMR Berghofer in 2003 after spending 11 years working in the USA and UK. In the UK, he worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow. For the past 14 years Christian has headed up the Immunology and Infection Laboratory which he established as a NHMRC Career Development Fellow. He is now a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and attract competitive funding from major National and International funding bodies and the Biotechnology Industry.
Current QIMR Berghofer appointment
- 2003 – current: Group Leader, Immunology and Infection Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer
Other current appointments
- 2014 – current: Professor (Adjunct), School of Natural Sciences, Griffith University
- 2012 – current: QIMR Berghofer Principal Research Fellow
- 2012 – current: Professor (Adjunct), School of Medicine, The University of Queensland
- 2009 – current: NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Current Area of Research
The Immunology and Infection Laboratory studies host immune responses during malaria and leishmaniasis. Its aim is to distinguish anti-parasitic host immune responses that control infection from those that cause disease.
The laboratory uses experimental models, as well as samples from patients and human volunteers deliberately infected with parasites for our research. Particular interest is on understanding how T cells influence anti-parasitic immune responses.
The long-term goal of research is to develop better vaccines and therapies to prevent and treat infectious diseases.
- Christian has made significant contributions to understanding how T cell responses control parasite growth, as well as promote disease progression during parasitic infections.
- Christian has established a research program that allows discovery-driven research with human clinical samples and the dissection of protective and pathogenic immune mechanisms in experimental models.
- Christian is a co-inventor on three major patent families that have been granted in the USA, Europe, China and Japan, which have been used to establish two biotechnology companies listed on the Australian stock exchange in 2006 (Incitive; ICV) and 2014 (Anatara; ANR).
- 2003 – current: Member of the Australian Society for Immunology.
- 2003 – current: Member of the American Association of Immunologists.
- 2016 – current: Associated Editor, PLoS Pathogens.
- 2010 – current: Member of the Specialist Editorial Board, International Journal for Parasitology.
- 2004 – current: Member, Editorial Board, Parasite Immunology.
- 2004 – current: Member, Faculty of 1000, Immunity to Infections Section.
- 2007 – current: Member, Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity.
- 2007, 2017, 2018: Member, NHMRC Project Grants Microbiology Panel.
- 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011: Member, NHMRC Project Grants Immunology Panel.
- 2005, 2007, 2009: Expert of International Standing, Australian Research Council (ARC).
- 2014: NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, QIMR Berghofer Australia.
- 2009: NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, QIMR Australia.
- 2003: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship, QIMR Australia.
- 1998: Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship, London, UK.
- 1993: PhD, La Trobe University, Australia.