Dr Rhys Allan - Immunology division

Dr Rhys Allan - Immunology division

Location: 
Davis Auditorium
Start Time: 
Wed, 19/06/2019 - 1:00pm
End Time: 
Wed, 19/06/2019 - 2:00pm

Deciphering the epigenetic code of the immune system

Wednesday seminar​

Immune responses are essential for fighting infection but in some cases can cause allergy and autoimmune disease. The focus of the Allan laboratory is to understand the intricate DNA circuitry that underlies immune function to reveal novel therapies to rewire harmful cells. The lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to explore how 3D genome organisation and epigenetic networks control important steps of immune cell differentiation during normal development and disease.

Dr Rhys Allan is a laboratory head in the Immunology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2007 and following post-doctoral periods at Institut Curie and WEHI he started his own lab in 2015. During this time he made a number of seminal findings that have shaped our understanding of how immune responses are generated.  

He will present his lab’s recent findings that identify a novel strategy for the suppression of allergic disease and also reveal their latest insights into how the genome is organised to support gene expression programmes essential for immune cell function.