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Meet Laura Mackay

Award-winning biomedical scientist, Professor Laura Mackay joined the School in 2009 and established her own research group at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in 2016. Her research focusses on a population of T cells that resides in tissues of the body – termed tissue-resident memory T cells. The aim is to harness these cells for the development of new vaccines and immunotherapeutic strategies.

Professor Mackay is also an undergraduate lecturer and presents her laboratory’s research around the world.

Among her many accolades, she was awarded the 2019 Frank Fenner Life Scientist of the Year Award in the Prime Minister’s Prizes, the 2019 Gottschalk Medal by the Australian Academy of Science, the 2018 Michelson Prize for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research and was appointed the first female President of the Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania.

There are so many opportunities to collaborate with world class scientists and clinicians in the Precinct and I’ve definitely been able to capitalise on that.
Professor Laura Mackay
Sylvia & Charles Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow
HHMI-Gates International Research Scholar
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

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