In the Media: highlights from Microbiology and Immunology February 2022
Our experts from the Dept of Microbiology & Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute have been at the forefront of COVID-19 breakthrough research and media commentary. Catch up on the latest highlights here.
- Adam Wheatley spoke to The Age about the Omicron variant BA.2.
- Amy Chung spoke with the Wall Street Journal about why children are better at fighting off COVID-19. It was picked up by outlets globally, including the Herald Sun.
- Ben Howden and his research team’s paper on their genomics surveillance platform AusTrakka was published in Nature Communications and was featured in an article by The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.
- Pursuit ran an article on Jose Villadangos and Justine Mintern’s recent paper, published in Science, which discovered cannibalistic properties of MZ B cells. It was picked up by the National Tribune.
- Kanta Subbarao was interviewed by Fortune about Omicron specific vaccines.
- Norelle Sherry spoke with The Sydney Morning Herald about the likelihood of a new COVID-19 variant emerging.
- Sebastian Duchene's paper examining the evolutionary rate of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was recently published in Molecular Biology and Evolution and was featured by outlets globally, including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Triple M, Herald Sun, WA Today and Science X. Read our article here.
- Stephen Kent was on ABC News following the publication of his article in The Conversation detailing what we know about COVID immunity. He also spoke with ABC Radio about boosters being approved for teenagers.
- Tim Stinear spoke to The Age, Herald Sun and 3AW about the Beating Buruli project and the role possums play in spreading the disease. The Beating Buruli Ulcer project was also featured by ABC Radio National's Science Friction podcast.
You can find out more about our research projects and groups in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology here.