Hartland laboratory: Molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions

  • Head of Laboratory | Head of Department

    Professor Elizabeth Hartland
    T: +61 3 8344 8041
    E: hartland@unimelb.edu.au
    Location: Level: 06 Room: 6068, Peter Doherty Institute, Parkville
    W: Personal web page

Research Overview

The overall goal of Professor Hartland's research is to understand the molecular basis of bacterial infection. Using respiratory and gastrointestinal pathogens, the Hartland lab has identified and characterized the function of translocated bacterial effector proteins and the role of their host targets in immunity and disease.


Dr Ka Yee Fung, NHMRC Research Officer | Ph 8344 3525
Dr Abderrahman Hachani, Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Dr Catherine Kennedy, NHMRC New Investigator Project Grant | Ph 8344 3525
Dr Shivani Pasricha, NHMRC Research Officer | Ph 8344 3525
Dr Jaclyn Pearson, NHMRC Early Career Fellowship | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Ms Clare Oates , NHMRC Research Assistant | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Ms Vicki Bennett-Wood, NHMRC Research Assistant | Ph 8344 3525
Ms Cristina Giogha, PhD Student | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Ms Sze Ying Ong, PhD Student | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Ms Tania Wong, PhD Student | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Ms Ying Zhang, PhD Student | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Mr Andrew Brown, PhD Student | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Mr Josh Newson, PhD Student | Ph (lab) 8344 3525
Ms Gina Pollock, PhD Student | Lab 8344 3525
Ms Yoges Chandran, PhD Student | Lab 8344 3525
Mr Chao Yang(Max), PhD Student | Lab 8344 3525

photo of Hartland lab personnel

L - R: Raissa Wibawa, Ying Zhang, Cristina Giogha, Andrew Brown, Tania Wong, Sze Ying Ong, Ka Yee Fung, Gina Pollock, Liz Hartland, Josh Newson, Clare Oates, Shivani Pasricha, Jaclyn Pearson, Max Yang
(Absent/New, Catherine Kennedy, Vicki Bennett-Wood, Abdou Hachani, Yoges Chandran)

Research Publications

  1. Pearson JS, Giogha C, Ong SY, Kennedy CL, Kelly M,Robinson KS, Wong T, Mansell A, Riedmaier P, Zaid, A, Mühlen S, Oates C, Crepin VF, Marches O, Ang CS, Williamson NA, O'ReillyL, Bankovacki A, Nachbur U, Infusini G, Webb AS, Silke J, Strasser A, Frankel G and Hartland EL. A type III effector antagonizes death receptor signalling during bacterial gut infection. Nature 2013; 501: 247-51.
  2. Luo L, Wall AA, Yeo J, Condon ND, Jenkins BJ,Schoenwaelder S, Jackson S, Hartland EL, Schroder K, Sweet MJ, Collins B, Stow JL. Rab8a interacts directly with PI3Kγ to modulate TLR4 driven PI3K/mTOR signaling. Nat Commun 2014; 5: 4407.
  3. Riedmaier P, Sansom FM, Sofian T, Beddoe T, SchueleinR, Hartland EL. Multiple ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases facilitate intracellular replication of Legionella pneumophila. Biochem J 2014; 462: 279-289
  4. Young JC, Clements A, Lang AE, Garnett JA, Munera D, Arbeloa A, Pearson JS, Hartland EL, Matthews SJ, Mousnier A, Barry DJ, Way M, Aktories K, Frankel G. The E. coli effector EspJ blocks Src kinase activity via amidation and ADP-ribosylation. Nat Commun 2014; 5: 5887
  5. Gomez-Valero L, Rusniok C, Neou M, Dervins-Ravault D, Petty N, Jarraud S, Steinert M, Heuner K, Gribaldo S, Medigue, C, GlöcknerG, Hartland EL, Buchrieser C. Comparative analyses of Legionella species identifies genetic features of strains causing Legionnaires' Disease. Genome Biol 2014; 15: 505
  6. Sansom FM, Ralton JE, Sernee MF, Cohen AM, Hooker DJ, Hartland EL, Naderer T, McConville MJ.Golgi-located NTPDase1 of Leishmania major is required for lipophosphoglycan elongation and normal lesion development whereas secreted NTPDase2 is dispensable for virulence. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2014; 8: e3402
  7. Sadler AJ, Rossello FJ, Deane J, Yu L, Yuan X, Wang D, Irving A, Kaparakis-Liaskos M, Gantier MP, Hartland EL, Notini AJ, White SHJ, Mansell A, Liu JP, Watkins DN, Gerondakis S, Williams BRG, Xu D. The BTB-ZF transcriptional regulator, PLZF, modifies chromatin to restrain inflammatory signaling programs. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2015; 112: 1535-40.
  8. Nachbur U, Stafford CA, Bankovacki A, Ko H-J, Khakham Y, Fill BK, Damgaard RB, Falk H, Zhan Y, Holien J, Chau D, Hildebrand J, Vince JE, Muehlen S, Kennedy CL, Lowes K, Murphy J, Gyrd-Hanssen M, Parker M, Hartland EL, Lew AM, Huang D, Lessene G, Silke J. A novel RIPK2 inhibitor delays NOD signaling complex formation and transcription factor activation yet prevents inflammatory cytokine production. Nat Commun 2015; 6: 6442
  9. King N, Riedmaier P, Schuelein R, Brown DL, Petru M, Zarsky V, Dolezal P, Luo L, Bugarcic A, Stanley AC, Murray RZ, Collins BM, Teasdale RD, Hartland EL*, Stow JL*. SNARE molecular mimicry by a Legionella pneumophila Dot/Icm effector. Cell Microbiol 2015; 17: 767-784  *joint senior authors
  10. Giogha C, Wong Fok Lung T, Mühlen S, Pearson J,Hartland EL . Substrate recognition by the zinc metalloprotease effector NleC from enteropathogenic Escherichia coli. Cell Microbiol 2015 Dec; 17(12): 1766-78.(IF: 5.044, citations -)