Innate cells in protective immunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Professor Gabrielle Belzg.belz@uq.edu.au

Our work aims to understand how the immune system responds to (infections (including viruses, bacteria and parasites) and tumour cells. 

We are investigating how different types of immune cells develop, and what factors influences their decision to become one type of immune cell or another to mediate long term immune protection.

Understanding how the body deals with pathogens will give clues about how to enhance protective immunity. Our goal is to discover new therapies that boost our immune system to protect against infection.

We aim to:

  • Identify novel functions of innate lymphoid cells and NK cells in immune protection
  • Unravel the microbome-epithelial-immune interface protecting mucosal surfaces
  • Elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the generation of protective immunity in response to lung and gastrointestinal pathogens

Combining cellular, molecular biology, and high throughput technologies the candidate will investigate the role of novel transcription factors in governing innate cell fate using a number of approaches including flow cytometry, imaging and molecular approaches.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of immunology, bioinformatics, microbiology, pathogen infection and tumorogenesis would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of immunology, bioinformatics and microbiology and the potential for scholastic success.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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