John T. Reid Trusts Laboratory

Centre Head
8 members

About the lab

The Reid Trusts laboratory was founded to study rheumatoid arthritis and has expanded to pursue research into other challenging inflammatory diseases, including vasculitis, myositis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

We use experimental models of these human diseases, and patient samples, for laboratory research using state of the art technologies at WEHI. In this way, we hope to understand the key molecular events that drive organ damage and cause disability for patients. We aim to develop new diagnostic tools and targeted therapies and to translate these into the clinic.

Our mission

To improve the understanding and treatment of human inflammatory diseases.


Our work on how growth factors for blood cells can also fuel inflammation and disease has led to new monoclonal antibody treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis and lupus.

Lab research projects

Lab team

We have a relatively small lab, but collaborate widely across WEHI, and with colleagues internationally. We also collaborate closely with CSL around new therapeutic antibodies and with expert clinicians in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

Professor Wicks is a clinician-scientist, and works as a Rheumatologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also Joint Head of Clinical Discovery and Translation at WEHI, so his laboratory is very well placed for translational research.

8 members
Research Assistant
Wentao Yao
PhD Student
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Senior Research Officer
Research Officer
Dr Cynthia Louis
Senior Research Officer
Senior Research Officer
Research Assistant
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