Wheatley Laboratory

Research Overview

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Viral infections comprise both an ongoing and emerging threat to the health, wealth and security of the global community, best evidenced by the recent turmoil inflicted by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.  The resilience of human populations can be significantly enhanced by high quality vaccines and drugs.

The Wheatley lab seeks to increase our understanding of immunity to SARS-CoV-2, Influenza and other pandemic viruses, in order to facilitate rational improvement of vaccination strategies and treatment paradigms. With a primary focus on humoral aspects of immunity, we aim:

  1. To explore immunological mechanisms that underpin successful vaccination, including the factors that maximise the protective efficacy, breadth and durability of anti-viral immunity.
  2. To design, develop and clinically assess the next-generation of vaccine platforms and regimens, including self-assembling nanoparticle and mRNA-based technologies.
  3. To discover, optimise and clinically develop human/humanised monoclonal antibodies as potent antiviral drugs for treatment or prevention of viral infectious diseases.


Mai Vu, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Rosela Webster, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Robyn Esterbauer, Research Assistant

Andrew Kelly, Research Assistant

Devaki Pilapitiya, PhD Student

Yee-Chen Liu, PhD Student

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Projects

For project inquiries, contact our research group head.

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Infection & Immunity, Therapeutics & Translation

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Head of Laboratory Dr Adam Wheatley

Department / Centre

Microbiology and Immunology

Unit / Centre

Wheatley Laboratory

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