Seminars - Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Below seminars are held in the Doherty Auditorium, Ground Floor.

Research Seminars - Held on Thursdays 12.00pm – 1.00pm.

Special Research Seminars - In addition to the usual Thursday Research Seminars, there may be occasional Special Research Seminars which could be held at different times.

PhD Completion Orations - Held on Friday afternoons from 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

Doherty Institute Immunology Theme: Data Presentation Series - Fortnightly on Mondays 1.00pm generally featuring speakers from across the Institute.

Below seminars are held in the larger Seminar Room GM002, Ground Floor Mezzanine

Work in Progress Seminar Series - generally held every third Thursday of each month at 4pm

Respiratory Research Seminars - generally held every third Monday of each month at 11am

Seminar attendees are welcome to refreshments after every each seminar.


4 June, 12pm
Dr Amabel Tan
RIC, University of Melbourne
Identifying and navigating grant funding opportunities through the Medical Research Futures Fund (MRRF)Dr Brendon Chua
6 JuneA/Prof Wai-Hong Tham
Walter & Eliza Hill Institute
Malaria Parasite Invasion: versatile structural scaffolds and alternate erythrocyte receptorsDr Amy Chung
17 June, 12pm
Dr Denisse Leyton
Australian National University
Molecular basis for the folding of β-helical autotransporter passenger domainsDr Hayley Newton
20 JuneA/Prof Thomas GebhardtTissue-resident memory T cells in persisting infection and cancer surveillanceDr Alexandra Corbett
27 JuneA/Prof Charles ScangaModeling TB in Nonhuman Primates- New ParadigmsA/Prof Shelby O'Connor
18 JulyA/Prof Victoria Lawson
DMI, University of Melbourne
Strain variation in medically relevant prion diseaseDr Alexandra
25 July, 1pmProf Antoine Roquilly
University of Nantes, France
Acute inflammation induces susceptibility to infection by initiating a protracted paralysis program of alveolar macrophagesProf Jose Villadangos
1 AugustProf Bana Jabri
University of Chicago, USA
Tissue resident T cells in health and diseaseA/Prof Laura Mackay
21 August
A/Prof Michael Gerner
University of Washington, Seattle USA
Innate-adaptive immune cell crosstalk in the context of lymphoid tissue organizationA/Prof Scott Mueller
19 SeptemberDr Daniel Utzschneider
DMI, University of Melbourne
Precursor exhausted T cells (TPEX) maintain T cell responses in chronic infections and cancerDr Alexandra Corbett
30 September, 10am (Monday)Prof Percy Knolle
Technical University Munich, Germany
Metabolic activation of CD8 T cell causing liver auto-agression during non-alcoholic steatohepatitisA/Prof Thomas Gebhardt
30 September, 12pm (Monday)Matteo Iannacone, MD, PhD
San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Italy
In vivo imaging of antiviral immune responsesA/Prof Scott Mueller
17 OctoberDr Tobias Bald
QIMR Berghofer
Inhibitory immune receptors: Are we barking up the wrong tree?A/Prof Thomas Gebhardt
18 October,
1pm (Friday)
Dr Nihal Altan-Bonnet
All aboard: Vesicles, enteric viruses and strength in numbers.Prof Kanta Subbarao
28 October, 12pm (Monday)Dr Chris Whitfield               University of Guelph, CanadaAll about the sugars: studies on the assembly bacterial cell surfacesDr Nick Scott
19 November 12pm (Tuesday) Level 5/5008 Seminar RoomDr R.E.W. (Bob) Hancock University of British Columbia, CanadaAlternatives to Antibiotics for Multidrug Resistant Infections and InflammationDr Nick Scott
21 NovemberProf Lorena Brown
DMI, University of Melbourne
Farewell to flu: influenza polymerase, packaging and pathogenesisProf Damian Purcell
28 NovemberProf Adam Cunningham
University of Birmingham, UK
The influence of Innate and adaptive driven inflammation on the consequences of Salmonella infectionsProf Dick Strugnell
6 December
1pm (Friday)
Ronald Germain, M.D., Ph.D.
Imaging Immunity – Using Both Dynamic and Highly Multiplex Static Microscopy to Develop a Detailed Spatiotemporal Understanding of Host DefenseA/Prof Scott Mueller


5 July date not available
12 July no seminar scheduled 
19 JulyMichael SouterIdentification and characterisation of unconventional T cellsGodfrey/
McCluskey labs
26 July date available 
2 August date available 
9 August date not available
SPASIM Retreat
23 AugustMiku KubaLife in the recycling bin: understanding intracellular replication of Coxiella burnetiiNewton lab
30 August date availableBedoui lab
6 SeptemberPengfei LiCharactering virulent factors of L. pneumophila A. castellanii infectionHartland lab
13 SeptemberYi LiuUnderstanding influenza B humoral immunity to improve vaccine designKent lab
20 September date available 
27 September date not available
AFL Grand Final Day
4 OctoberCatriona
CD1a-restricted T cells: A hunt for cells and lipidsGodfrey lab
11 OctoberAna Maria Valencia HernandezNovel antigen and adjuvants for a malaria vaccineHeath lab
18 OctoberThao HuynhHepatitis B Virus “1mer” transfection as an in vitro and in vivo model for investigating viral replication and factors associated with its regulationRevill lab, VIDRL
25 OctoberKeit Loi

Stressed out: investigating antiviral interactions with the nervous system

Mueller lab
31 October (Thursday)Divya Narayanan

Innate immune responses to Semliki Forest virus infection in immature and mature neurons

Fazakerley lab
1 NovemberElise GressierThe role of T cell help in shaping dendritic cell functionBedoui lab
8 NovemberYogeswari Chandran

Characterization of the putative cysteine protease effectors, OspD2 and OspD3, from Shigella species

Hartland lab
15 NovemberFernando

MARCH proteins: A new therapeutic target for viral respiratory infections?

Reading labs
22 November date available 
28 November (Thursday)Natalia Salazar-Quiroz

The moo can do:  Broad neutralising and functional antibody responses to HIV-1 Env vaccines in cows

Purcell lab
29 November date not available
World Aids Day
6 December date available 
12 December (Thursday)Julio CarreraInterventions against Zika virus: vaccine development and vector biocontrolMackenzie/Simmons Labs
13 DecemberBhavna PadmanabhanCoxiella burnetii control of the host transcription factors TFEB and TFE3Newton lab
16 December (Monday)Anna Belen Erazo
Influence of CCL17 & CCL22 on the immune defence against Salmonella infection
Strugnell lab


24 JuneNancy Wang (Strugnell lab)Maria Nogueira de Menezes (Heath lab), Timon Damelang (Chung lab), Tina Meischel (Brooks lab)
8 JulySanda Stankovic (Reading lab)


Hannah Kelly (Kent lab), Jimmy Chan (Godfrey lab), Santiago Valle Torres (Kallies lab)

22 JulyMitra Ashayeri-Panah (Villadangos lab)

Hannah Kelly (Kent lab), Catherine Kennedy (F. Mackay lab), Santiago Valle Torres (Kallies lab)

5 August
2pm start
Zhe Zhao (McCluskey lab)Will Horman (Kedzierska lab), Rohan Hitchcock (Heath lab), Rebecca Chisholm (MSPGH)
19 August
2pm start
Nazanin Ghazanfari (Heath lab)Jason Trubiano (Austin Hospital), Jen Juno (Kent lab), Srinath Govindarajan (Godfrey lab)
2 September
2pm start
Wen Shi Lee (Kent lab)Annabell Bachem (Bedoui lab), Alex Boussioutas (Associate Dean Graduate Research), Yannick Alexandre (Mueller lab)
16 September
2pm start
Maximilien Evrard (L. Mackay lab)Patrick Gubser (Kallies lab), Romain Guerillot (Howden lab), Hamish McWilliam (Villadangos lab), Abdou Hachani (Mackenzie lab), Christina Scheffler (Villadangos lab)
30 September no seminar
14 OctoberSanda Stankovic (Reading lab)Bingjie Wang (McCluskey lab), Jimmy Chan (Godfrey lab), Kasha Singh (Lewin lab)
28 OctoberYannick Alexandre (Mueller lab)Claire Gordon (L.Mackay lab), Marios Koutsakos (Kedzierska lab)
11 NovemberMitchell Zheng (Wakim lab)Marcela Moreira (McCluskey lab), Sanda Stankovic (Brooks lab), Emma Bawden (Gebhardt lab)
25 NovemberLauren Holz (Heath lab)Marc Rigau (Godfrey lab), Susan Christo (L. Mackay lab), Alexis Perez Gonzalez (Melbourne Cytometry Platform)


13 AugustDr Lauren HolzGlycolipid-peptide vaccination induces liver-resident memory CD8+ T cells that protect against malaria
17 SeptemberDr Jori SymonsTriplex forming oligonucleotides: a potential way to permanently silence HIV transcription
12 NovemberDr Ajith VasanthakumarSex-specific adipose tissue imprinting of regulatory T cells


26 AugustProf Steven Riley
Imperial College London, UK
A life course of influenza infections and antibody repsonses
23 SeptemberBenjamin Smith, Tong lab
Milla McLean, Chung lab
Identifying patients with influenza - can we do better?

An Inflammatory Story - Antibodies in Tuberculosis and Kidney Disease
21 October

Lara Schwab

Sheena Sullivan & Arseniy Khvorov

RIG-I agonists and their use as antiviral treatment

Establishing immune correlates of protection for influenza vaccines

18 NovemberPatricia Lee, Brown labThe dynamics of the B cell response recalled by drifting and shifting influenza A virus infections