Over the the last 10 years, I have gained extensive experience in the field of Unconventional T Cell Biology, having published 11 original research publications in this field.
I started developing this interest during my MSc (UoLisbon-Portugal-2009-2010) in Dr. Luis Graça’s group (UoLisbon), where I studied mechanisms capable of inducing and maintaining immune tolerance in allergy and autoimmune disease, and described the functional plasticity of various Natural Killer T (NKT) cell subsets and their role in immune regulation. During my PhD in Prof Godfrey’s Lab (Peter Doherty Institute-UoMelb 2011-2015), I discovered and characterized novel subsets of Unconventional T cells with distinct antigen reactivity and have shown that these cells can express a highly diverse TCR repertoire and utilize broader mechanisms to recognize their cognate antigens, than previously assumed. I continue to work as an ECR in the Godfrey lab, which is indisputably one of the best in the Unconventional T cell biology, driving independent and collaborative research to fill in the gaps of knowledge in this field. My research has been crucial to set the basis for a successfully funded ARC Discovery (Godfrey 2016) project, and a NHMRC project grant (Pellicci 2018).
I am also the Meeting Coordinator for the Immunology-theme-meeting-seminars in the PDI and the co-chair for the Faculty-of-Medicine-Dentistry-and-Health-Science-ECR (MDHS-ECR) Network. Along with the past and current co-chairs, we have implemented leadership and science communication courses, travel awards and seed funding for ECRs. I have a great passion for Science Outreach Science Translation and Policy Change and continuously seek engagement opportunities in these areas.
Department: Microbiology and Immunology Email: email@example.com Phone: 0451995308
Current Research Focus
NKT cells, TCR-Ag Recognition, ligand discovery
Field of Research Description 060199 Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified 060110 Receptors and Membrane Biology
- cell culture
- flow cytometry
- Single cell PCR (TCR repertoire) / structural biology
Looking to collaborate?
Behavioural neuroscience/neuroimmunology and ligand discovery