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Group Leader/Snr Princ Research Fellow, Mucosal Immunology, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Professor Phil Sutton is head of Mucosal Immunology in the Infection and Immunity Theme of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He completed a PhD in Immunology (1991) at Manchester University, before moving to Australia to research organ transplantation at the Australian National University. Following a spell at Institut Pasteur in France, he returned to Australia in 1996, as project leader on a joint academia/industry Helicobacter pylori vaccine venture (UNSW). In 2001 he entered industry, as Immunology group leader in the R&D division of CSL Limited, researching vaccine adjuvants. In 2003, Phil partially reversed this industrial trend, joining the University of Melbourne to establish a research group, which he moved to the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in 2012. His primary interests lie in the study of how the host protects itself from bacterial-driven inflammation, particularly in the gut and in cystic fibrosis, and he has a major focus on vaccine development. For over 20 years he has studied the pathogenesis of H. pylori as well as attempted to make an effective vaccine against this important pathogen.


  • –present
    Group Leader/Snr Princ Research Fellow, Mucosal Immunology, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute