Post-doctoral Fellow in Immunology & Genetics / Research Academic for Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma, University of Newcastle

My current research focus is aimed at characterizing changes in the bone marrow during disease and infection. During a virus infection, an immune response is rapidly induced. This immune response is required to kill the virus and infected cells. This immune response also causes changes in the bone marrow, which can alter immune cell production and bone health.

I also work with the NHMRC-funded Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (www.severeasthma.org.au). In this role I have a strong focus on communications and translation of research findings into the clinic and education medical professionals.

I completed my PhD studies with Dr Kelly McNagny at The Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada (2010). My research focused on the role of CD34 (and the related molecule podocalyxin) in pre-clinical disease models.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Research Academic, NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma
  • 2012–present
    Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Newcastle & Hunter Medical Research Institute

Education

  • 2010 
    University of British Columbia, BC, Canada, Ph.D. in Genetics
  • 2004 
    University of British Columbia, BC, Canada, B.Sc. in Genetics (Honours)