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 Annabell Bachem Microbiota and T cells flow cytometry, mouse/rat models, cell culture Microbiology and Immunology
Dr Stephanie Neville Chemical biology of host-pneumococcal interactions molecular biology, protein biochemistry, bacteriology, metallobiology Microbiology and Immunology
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 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 Farmer*Physiology, 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 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 Hui-Fern KoayT-cell development, biology and immunology flow cytometry, primary cell and cell line culture, mouse models, thymic organoids, RNAseqMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Marios KoutsakosHuman immunology, influenza virologyflow cytometry, TCR repertoire analysis, influenza virus plaque assaysMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Meina Li Mechanopharmacology in lung health cell biology, proteomics, RNAseq, CRISPR, animal models Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Jeff LiddellPathobiology of neurodegeneration primary neural cell culture and co-culture systems, ICP-MS elemental analysis (anatomical, bulk and micro), metallobiology, live-cell imaging 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 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 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 Dalia PonceProteomics and therapeutics developmentprotein biochemistry, molecular biology, mass spectrometry, pharmacology and toxicologyPharmacology and Therapeutics
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 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 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 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 Claire  GorrieMicrobiology, bioinformatics, genomics, computational biologybioinformatics, genomics, antimicrobial resistance, hospital transmission analysisMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Angeline FerdinandMicrobial genomics and public healthgenomics, health program evaluation, health systemsMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Eve MaundersMetal ion homeostasismolecular biology, transcriptomics, microbiology, gene expressionMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Svenja FritzlarHost-factors that restrict influenza infectionsfluorescence microscopy, molecular biology, viral infections, flow cytometryMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Daniel BirdMammalian gonadal developmentimmunohistochemistry, mouse/rat models, gene expression analysis, histologyAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Paula MiottoMitochondrial function, skeletal muscle, liver, bone, metabolism/physiologymitochondrial function, metabolism/physiology, biochemical adaptations
Dr Kathryn MunroNeurons, synaptic plasticity, Alzheimer's diseaseneuroscience, cell culture, behavioural assays, immunohistochemistryAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Amar AbdullahTBI mouse model neurotoxicity assaybehavioural assays, cell culture, QPCR histology western blot microscopy, TBI model iv ipPharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Lou FourriereIntracellular trafficking in Alzheimer's diseasecell biology, fluorescence microscopy, RUSH system, neurobiologyBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Hamid SoleimaninejadOptical microscopy and Imagingmicroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, high end optical microscopy such as FRET/ FLIM / FAIM/ RICS /FCSBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Laura CookHuman antigen-specific CD4+ T cellsflow cytometry, cell culture, functional T cell assays, cytokine detectionMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Cameron AdamsNeural connectivityfluorescence microscopy, surgery, rodent drug self-administration, optogeneticsAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr John-Paul Fuller-JacksonSpinal cord innervation of pelvisneuroscience, immunohistochemistry, Widefield microscopy, Lightsheet microscopyAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Veronica Uribe SokolovCardiovascular developmental biologymicroscopy, molecular biology, zebrafish embryology, cardiac development
Dr Lee YeohEpigenetics and transcriptomics in malariabioinformatics, CRISPR, molecular biology, genomicsMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Sonia Guilas*Immunology, Vaccine, Malaria, Memory CD8+T cellsmouse/rat models, flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, cell cultureMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Makhala KhammyCardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids, Hypertensionsurgery, mouse/rat models, in vivo haemodynamic monitoring, ex vivo assessment of cardiac and vascular function, amperometry Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Nicole SiddallGenetics Drosophila Stem Cells Reproductioncell biology, fluorescence microscopyAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Calvin EiberComputational modelling peripheral neural interfacesneuroscience, computational modelling, MATLAB and neuron anatomically-detailed models of neural cells, circuits, and systems, computational geometry Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Ellie ChoImage analysis, Fluorescence MicroscopyImage analysis, fluorescence microscopy, ImmunohistochemistryBiochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr Wen Shi LeeAntibodies against HIV and SARS-CoV-2cell culture, flow cytometry, ADCC assays, Viral infection assaysMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Jessica BriffaPregnancy, Developmental Biology, Interventions, Molecular Biologymouse/rat models, molecular biology, histology
Dr Oanh NguyenHuman immune responses to viral infectionscell biology, flow cytometry, clinical cohorts, single-cell transcriptomicsMicrobiology and Immunology
Dr Mariana Del Rosso de MeloCentral regulation of breathing and blood pressureimmunohistochemistry, neuroscience, rat models/electromyography, optogenetics/chemogenetics
Dr Maciej DaniszewskiStem cell-based disease modellingcell culture, stem cells, neuroscience, single-cell RNA sequencingAnatomy and Neuroscience
Dr Melinda AshcroftGenomic epidemiology of infectious diseasesbioinformatics, genomics, computational microbiologyMicrobiology and Immunology

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