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Cell Death and Infection

Laboratory Head (Acting)
11 members

About the lab

Our body has evolved incredible strategies to fight off the plethora of pathogens we are facing on a daily basis. One of these is programmed cell death, a process that aims at removing infected cells, thereby killing the pathogen and priming our immune system.

Our research aims at understanding how this remarkable process is regulated on a molecular level, and to harness and translate this knowledge into new treatments for chronic and acute viral and bacterial infections including tuberculosis, HIV, COVID-19 or dengue.

Our mission

Our mission is help improve patient outcomes through the development of new treatment options for some of the world’s most notorious pathogens.

Impact

Using novel technology such as CRISPR screening tools and transcriptome sequencing, we have identified that programmed cell death is regulated by flexible networks during intracellular infection. This changes the way we think about cell death, and how we can utilize its powers to control infection.

Lab research projects

Lab team

Our team collaborates with laboratories from several WEHI divisions, as well as clinicians from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital.

11 members
PhD Student
Jan Schäfer
PhD Student
Dr Stephen Muhi
Visiting PhD Student
William Clow
PhD Student
Stefanie Bader
Stefanie Bader
Research Officer
Research Officer
Dr Kathryn Davidson
PC3 Facility and Laboratory Project Manager
Merle Dayton
Research Assistant
Matthew O’Neill
Research Assistant
Liana Mackiewicz
Research Assistant
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