Joanna Groom-Lab team

Joanna Groom-Lab team

We work closely with the other members of the Immunology division and the Institute's Centre for Dynamic Imaging.
We seek driven students and scientists who are open to new technologies and interested in dissecting the influence of cell migration on immune outcomes.


Lennard Dalit, PhD Student, BSci USA BSci Immunology(Hons) Qld

Brigette Duckworth, PhD Student, BMedSci BSc(Hons) Melbourne

Key publication: Mielke LA, Liao Y, Clemens EB, Firth MA, Duckworth B, Huang Q, Almeida FF, Chopin M, Koay HF, Bell CA, Hediyeh-Zadeh S, Park SL, Raghu D, Choi J, Putoczki TL, Hodgkin PD, Franks AE, Mackay LK, Godfrey DI, Davis MJ, Xue HH, Bryant VL, Kedzierska K, Shi W, Belz GT. TCF-1 limits the formation of Tc17 cells via repression of the MAF-RORyt axis. J Exp Med. 2019 Jul 1;216(7):1682-1699. PMID: 31142588.

Amania Sheikh, PhD Student, BAppSci, BMedBiotech(Masters) Pakistan

Key publication: Sheikh AA, Cooper L, Feng M, Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes F, Lafouresse F, Duckworth BC, Huntington ND, Moon JJ, Pellegrini M, Nutt SL, Belz GT, Good-Jacobson KL, Groom JR. Context-Dependent Role for T-bet in T Follicular Helper Differentiation and Germinal Center Function following Viral Infection.  Cell Rep. 2019 Aug 13;28(7):1758-1772. PMID: 31412245

Raymond Qin, Honours Student, BMedSci BSc(Hons) Melbourne

Key publication: Ly A, Liao Y, Pietrzak H, Ioannidis LJ, Sidwell T, Gloury R, Doerflinger M, Triglia T, Qin RZ, Groom JR, Belz GT, Good-Jacobson KL, Shi W, Kallies A, Hansen DS. Transcription Factor T-bet in B Cells Modulates Germinal Center Polarization and Antibody Affinity Maturation in Response to Malaria. Cell Rep. 2019 Nov 19;29(8):2257-2269. PMID: 31747599

Carolina Alvarado, Research Assistant, BVSc MAppSci (Masters) Sydney Animal Technology Cert Melbourne

Ben Broomfield, Research Assistant, BMedSci BSc(Hons) Melbourne

Super Content: 

Our researchers have identified a molecular switch that impacts immune responses to viral infections, and whether or not protective antibodies are produced.