Immunology

Immunology

Scientist in lab holding sample tubes
Members of the Immunology division are dedicated to finding out how the immune system works and how it might be manipulated to achieve new disease treatments. 

A healthy immune system can be enhanced by vaccines for protection against deadly infectious diseases or trained to fight many different types of cancer. Problems with the immune system are linked to serious health conditions including autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergies. 

The Institute has contributed many major advances to the science of immunology. We remain committed to understanding how our immune systems work and how dysfunction can lead to disease.

Health impact

Cancers: brain cancerleukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, melanoma, myeloproliferative disorders, rare cancers

Immune health and infection: allergy, asthmacoeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, influenzalupus, primary immune deficiencies, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, transplantation, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetesvaccines

Development and ageing: epigenetics, multiple sclerosis, regenerative medicine

Division news

Division head

Associate Professor Daniel Gray

Professor Phil Hodgkin

Lab heads

Dr Rhys Allan

Professor Gabrielle Belz

Dr Vanessa Bryant

Dr Joanna Groom 

Associate Professor Edwin Hawkins

Dr Misty Jenkins

Professor Andrew Lew

Dr Shalin Naik 

Professor Stephen Nutt

Associate Professor Jason Tye-Din

Division coordinator

Rima Darwiche

Kim McIntosh