DMI Collaborative Grant Scheme recipients announced

Supporting collaborative research within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) Collaborative Grant Scheme aims to enhance the breadth, scope and impact of the department’s research through the development of new collaborative partnerships amongst researchers within DMI.

Recently, 10 of these prizes were awarded to collaborative teams who demonstrated that their co-operative projects would lead to impactful science outcomes, contribute to the longer aims and objectives of their respective laboratories, and enable all researchers involved.

Congratulations to the recipients who received $20,000 to support their projects.

Awardee 1

Awardee 2

Project Title

Dr Yannick Alexandre

Dr Daniel Utzschneider

Defining how the lymphoid niche regulate precursors of exhausted T Cells

Dr Alexander Barrow

Dr Katherine Ganio

Defining the elemental landscape of natural killer cell activation

Dr Susan Christo

Dr Hui-Fern Koay

Investigating tissue factors that regulate human T cell functionality

Dr Brendon Chua

Dr Nichollas Scott

Defining how macrophages drive severe influenza disease through quantitative proteomics

Dr Laura Cook

Dr Theo Mantamadiotis

Mapping immunosuppressive mechanisms in glioblastoma

Dr Katherine Ganio

Dr Svenja Fritzlar

Harnessing weapons of mass-to-charge destruction to combat host-pathogen warfare

Dr Lukasz Kedzierski

Dr Hyun Jae Lee

Defining molecular mechanisms underlaying lymphocyte dysfunction in vaccine failure

Dr Stephanie Neville

A/Prof. Sophie Valkenburg

Dietary copper deficiency and immunological control of Streptococcus pneumoniae infection

Dr Sacha Pidot

Dr Danielle Ingle

Developing a discovery dataset for the bacterial genus Serratia

Dr Oliver Skinner

Dr Hyon-Xhi Tan

Searching for tissue-resident B cells in experimental malaria

These teams’ projects will run from October 2022 to October 2023.

By supporting research across different areas in the department that have not previously collaborated, this scheme helps foster stronger relationships and build new networks, and utilises the expertise and excellence of the Department to boost new ideas.

Beyond this, the greater ambition of the scheme is that it will lead to longer term collaborations and fuel successful external grant applications and ignite big ideas delivering high quality science.

We look forward to seeing the impactful work these collaborative teams produce.