Population Health and Immunity

Population Health and Immunity

Structure of proteins in the parasite Giardia
Our division uses population-based and experimental studies to investigate human biology and disease. 

We apply advanced scientific technologies to high-quality, well-conducted epidemiologic studies of human populations. This combination enables us to uncover fundamental biological insights that can lead to the development of new tools for treatment and diagnosis.

We are involved with a number of large clinical studies, including projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Bangladesh and Malawi.

Our work includes:

  • analysis of the effects of malaria on the immune system
  • studies of the role of the microbiome in development of diabetes and on child growth and development
  • discovering new genetic causes of epilepsy and stuttering
  • clinical trials in maternal and child nutrition and malaria prevention 
  • designing new tests for infections for people living in Australia and the developing world
  • discovering new treatments for intestinal parasites and other infections
     

Health impact

Immune health and infection: ascariasis, allergy, chronic infections, cryptococcosis, malaria, tuberculosistype 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, vaccines 

Development and ageing: anaemia, congenital diseases, epigenetics, epilepsy, FSHD, thalassemia

Other areas: nutrition, cryptosporidum, diarrhoea

Division news

Division heads

Professor Ivo Mueller

Dr Sant-Rayn Pasricha

Lab heads

Professor Melanie Bahlo

Associate Professor Alyssa Barry

Professor Len Harrison

Associate Professor Aaron Jex

Dr Leanne Robinson

Divison coordinators

Sonja Gustin

Natalie Senzo