Researcher Profiles

Researcher Profiles

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Name Research Focus Key Skills Departments and Centres
Dr Catarina F Almeida NKT cells, TCR-Ag Recognition, ligand discovery cell culture, flow cytometry, single cell PCR (TCR repertoire), structural biology Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Paul Angel Bioinformatics, data integration, transcriptomics, stemcells bioinformatics, transcriptomics, computational modelling, statistics Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr David Ascher Computational biology and bioinformatics bioinformatics, structural biology, molecular modelling, machine learning Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Annabell Bachem Microbiota and T cells flow cytometry, mouse/rat models, cell culture Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Stefan Bagheri-Fam Mammalian sex determination mouse/rat models, fluorescence microscopy, gene expression, genomics Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Stephanie Begg Chemical biology of host-pneumococcal interactions molecular biology, protein biochemistry, bacteriology, metallobiology Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Katrina Binger Cellular metabolism and macrophage responses metabolomics, flow cytometry, Seahorse bioanalyser, mice models of leishmaniasis Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Adam Blanch Red blood cells and malaria electron microscopy, bioinformatics, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, atomic force microscopy Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Alice BrandliSystemic health and eye diseaseimmunohistochemistry, molecular biology, mouse/rat models, meta analysis and systematic reviewsAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Zhenjun Chen MAIT immunity and microbe infections mouse/rat models, flow cytometry, molecular biology, immunotherapy Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Steffi Cheung Structural biology crystallography, structural biology, protein purification, biophysical assays Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Michelle P Christie Pore-forming proteins, protein interactions, structural biology, infection, biosensors protein biochemistry, structural biology, protein-interaction studies Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Brendon Chua Design and development of vaccine and therapeutic interventions, host protection against infectious diseases cell biology, flow cytometry, vaccine design, peptide chemistry Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Amy Chung Antibodies, vaccines, HIV, infectious diseases flow cytometry, Surface Plasmon Resonance (Biacore), multiplex assays, computational biology Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Bliss Cunningham Metal ions in pneumococcal infections mouse/rat models, molecular biology, microbiology Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Dezerae Cox Proteome (mis)foldedness in neurodegenerative disease cell culture, proteomics, recombinant protein production, kinetic assays Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Ricardo
De Paoli-Iseppi
Nanopore sequencing in neuropsychiatric disordersgenomics, PCR, long-read sequencing, non-model organismsAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Sapna Devi Neural regulation of lymphocyte migration microscopy, flow cytometry, intravital microscopy, whole organ imaging Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Maximilien Evrard Resident-Memory T cells mouse/rat models, flow cytometry, bioinformatics, 2-photon microscopy Microbiology and Immunology
Dr David FarmerPhysiology, Nervous system, cardiovascular, respiratoryneuroscience, surgery, electrophysiology, novel viral toolsPhysiology
Dr Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz Immunology, malaria, vaccines cell biology, flow cytometry, vaccine adjuvants, liver immunology Microbiology and Immunology
Dr William Figgett Therapeutics development for B-cell malignancies mouse/rat models, bioinformatics, omics and multivariate statistics, machine learning, molecular dynamics simulations, B-cell biology  Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Jess FletcherGlial cell biology, neurotrophins, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerationcell biology, fluorescence microscopy, image analysis, animal models of demyelinating diseaseAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Raissa Fonseca Resident memory T cell development flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Jaime Foong Mature and developing enteric nervous system neuroscience, immunohistochemistry, calcium imaging of live cells, in vitro gut physiology assays Physiology
Dr Katherine Ganio Metalloproteomics of host-pathogen interactions mass spectrometry, protein biochemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, ICP-MS Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Nicholas A. Gherardin T cell Immunology flow cytometry, protein biochemistry, human immunology, nanobody production Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Sonia GhilasImmunology, Vaccine, Malaria, Memory CD8+T cellsmouse/rat models, flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, cell cultureMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Justin P. Hardee Regulation of skeletal muscle plasticity cell biology, mouse/rat models, neuromuscular stimulation, immunohistochemistry

Physiology

Dr Damián HernándezDiseases modelling with cerebral organoidsstem cells, CRISPR, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), neuroscienceAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr James HiltonMechanisms of neurodegenerationprotein biochemistry, mouse/rat models, mass spectrometry, neurosciencePharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Katharina Hochheiser T-cell mediated immune responses in peripheral tissues mouse/rat models, CRISPR, flow cytometry, gene editing Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Darryl Johnson Innate T cell biology fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, mouse models, cell culture Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Jennifer Juno Unconventional T cells and Tfh flow cytometry, RNA seq, cell cultures, Macaque models of human infections Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Mohsen Kazemi Cryo-electron microscopy (Single Particle Analysis, Sub-Tomogram Averaging) cryo-electron microscopy, structural biology, Single Particle Analysis, Sub-Tomogram Imaging Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Stacey KeenanMetabolism, fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, lipid metabolism, obesitymouse/rat models, surgery, in vitro/in vivo/ex vivo metabolic measurements, radiometric and tracer studies

Physiology

Dr Catherine Kennedy B cell mediated pathologies mouse/rat models, molecular biology, microbiology Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Elizabeth King Metabolism in Toxoplasma gondii cell culture, metabolomics, parasitology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Hui-Fern Koay Unconventional T-cell development and biology flow cytometry, cell culture Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Marios KoutsakosHuman immunology, influenza virologyflow cytometry, TCR repertoire analysis, influenza virus plaque assaysMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Kai KyseniusElemental signatures of diseaseneuroscience, mouse/rat models, elemental/laser ablation mass spectrometry imaging, molecular biologyPharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Meina Li Mechanopharmacology in lung health cell biology, proteomics, RNAseq, CRISPR, animal models Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Jeff Liddell Biology of neurological diseases cell biology, cell culture, neuroscience Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Grace LidgerwoodStem cell disease modellingstem cells, cell biology, retinal biology, single cell RNA sequencingAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Haiyin LiuReceptor ubiquitination in immunityflow cytometry, CRISPR, ubiquitin analysis, biochemistryBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Sarah Londrigan Influenza virus infection of macrophages cell culture, cell biology, virology, infection assays Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Jieqiong Lou Chromatin organisation, light microscopy fluorescence microscopy, cell biology, protein dynamics, membrane protein signaling and trafficking Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Christophe MacriDendritic cells, vaccination, checkpoint inhibitorsflow cytometry, CRISPR, mouse animal model, cell cultureBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Alice McGovern Respiratory Neuroscience surgery, in vivo physiology, viral tracing, single cell RNAseq Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Emma McHugh Alternative splicing in Plasmodium falciparum fluorescence microscopy, cell biology, molecular biology, CRISPR Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Rachel McQuade Brain-gut axis in Parkinson's Disease mouse/rat models, neuroscience, ex vivo colonic motility and secretion, in vivo gastrointestinal transit Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Maria MenezesMalaria, vaccine, memory, liver, cd8 flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, malaria, mouse models Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Aung Aung Kywe Moe Central circuitry of vagal stimulation behavioural assays, mouse/rat models, optogenetics, structural and functional MRI in rodents Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Nagaraj S Moily Developing biosensors to measure proteostasis capacity transcriptomics, neuroscience, stem cells, bioinformatics Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Michael Morgan Pain, neuroscience, inflammation, pharmacology behavioural assays, proteomics, mouse/rat models, high throughput assays Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Sara NiksereshtCell death mechanisms in neurodegenerative diseasemouse/rat models, cell culturePharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Susan Northfield Peptide and Medicinal Chemistry peptide chemistry, medicinal chemistry, drug design, neuroscience Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Sacha Pidot Antibiotic discovery molecular biology, bioinformatics, genomics, HPLC Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Dalia PonceProteomics and therapeutics developmentprotein biochemistry, molecular biology, mass spectrometry, pharmacology and toxicologyPharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr David Priest Microscopy dynamics of damaged chromatin microscopy, molecular biology, cloning, tissue culture Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Ruslan Pustovit Enteric nervous system, bowel motility, ghrelin, constipation, spinal cord injury neuroscience, surgery, animal physiology, neurogastroenterology Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Pin Shie Quah Immune defence against Citrobacter rodentium cell biology, flow cytometry, gene expression, mouse models Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Boris ReljićMitochondrial biogenesis and the OXPHOS systemprotein biochemistry, proteomics, CRISPR gene editing, Seahorse BioanalyzerBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Julio RodriguezMosquito borne virusesvirology, cell biology, mosquito/insect models, cell cultureMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Elena Schneider-Futschik Pharmacology of respiratory disease treatments cell biology, cell culture, pharmacology & toxicology, drug-drug interactions Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Mark B Schultz Bioinformatics genomics antimicrobial resistance bacteria bioinformatics, genomics, metagenomics, microbiomics Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Nick Scott Glycosylation, mass spectrometry, proteomics, pathogens, microbes mass spectrometry, proteomics Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Ashish SethiSolution NMR, protein structure and dynamics, protein-protein/peptide interaction, fragment based drug designing protein biochemistry, structural biology, solution NMR, protein structure determination Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Lincon Stamp Enteric nervous system stem cells stem cells, neuroscience, cell biology Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Sanda StankovicNK cells, cancer immunologycell biology, gene expression, flow cytometry, mouse models of infection and diseaseMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Aimee Tan Metals in molecular microbiology molecular biology, gene expression, animal model, PCR and cloning Microbiology and Immunology
Dr David ThomasExploring Coxiella effector proteinscell culture, fluorescence microscopy, molecular biology, cell biologyMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Milas Ugur T cells, dendritic cells, viral infections flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, mouse/rat models Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Nancy Wang T cell immunity against bacteria flow cytometry, mouse/rat models, T cell stimulation assays, cytokine analysis Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Kevin Watt Mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle growth cell biology, molecular biology, mouse/rat models, surgery

Physiology

Dr Claire Weekley Metals and metalloproteins in biology X-ray absorbance spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence microscopy, protein biochemistry, structural biology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Nicole Wiedmann Neural circuitry neuroscience, fluorescence microscopy, small rodent surgery Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Yuxiu Connie Xia Airway viral infection-exacerbated lung disease cell culture, molecular biology Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Sunyuan ZhangNeurodegenerationfluorescence microscopy, cell biology, nuclear transport, phase transitionBiochemistry and Molecular Biology

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