Infection and immunity

Golden Staphlococcus bacteria on a white blood cell. Image credit: National Institutes of Health

Organisms defend themselves against infections through innate and adaptive immune responses. In the Research School of Biology we investigate important pathogens (Shigella, poxviruses and herpesviruses) and how they are recognised by the immune system. We investigate how cells of the immune system develop and how the immune system can be used to fight infectious agents and cancer cells. These approaches are used to generate new vaccines and to develop cancer therapies.

Highlights

ANU Inspiring Women feature: Helen O'Neil

Design and discovery
A cutting edge immunologist with a passion for the creativity of medical research This profile is from the ANU Inspiring Women project, 10 April 2003...

Aude Fahrer

Lab researching: Two main areas of research at the moment: 1. A very simple and inexpensive (and rather crazy!) cancer immunotherapy treatment I have...

Naresh Verma

Group research focus My research is focused on elucidating the molecular mechanism of the O-antigen modification in Shigella flexneri, studying the...

One shot to save millions of lives

“Before you go travelling next time, make sure you come to me for some tips.” Associate Professor Naresh Verma isn’t talking about the best tourist...

Student profile: Hong Kiat Lim

Thinking out of the box
“The approach of the ANU is a lot about thinking out of the box,” explains Hong Kiat Lim, who completed Honours in immunology. Hong Kiat came to the...

News

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Oct
2017
Sometimes what we’re looking for is right in front of us all along. Dr Aude Fahrer knows this feeling. The only difference is that she has been searching for something far more...
27
Jul
2016
Malaria researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found one of the malaria parasite's best weapons against drug treatments turns out to be an Achilles' heel,...
03
Jun
2015
At a clinic in the western part of Cambodia, a young mother is given the malaria drug Artemisinin. After six days of treatment, the parasite has been cleared from her blood and...
02
Dec
2014
Scientists have released details of a raft of new chemicals with potent anti-malarial properties which could open the way to new drugs to fight the disease. A new paper in PNAS is...
09
Sep
2014
A new study has revealed a weak spot in the complex life cycle of malaria, which could be exploited to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. It found female malaria parasites...
29
Jul
2014
Scientists investigating the herpes virus have been surprised to find an ongoing conflict in the cells of sufferers, even when the virus is apparently dormant. Herpes Simplex Type...
26
May
2014
A new study of the way bacteria spread amongst possums could shed light on the spread of human epidemics. Scientists from The Australian National University studied E. coli in...
15
Apr
2014
An anti-malarial treatment that lost its status as the leading weapon against the deadly disease could be given a new lease of life, with new research indicating it simply needs...
28
Feb
2014
For more than a decade, the complete human and mouse genomes have been sequenced and catalogued in databases for anyone to search through. But the list of proteins encoded by...
08
Jan
2014
What if where you started reading a book changed the story? Researchers from the Research School of Biology together with their colleagues at CSIRO Plant Industry, have taken a...

Events

26
Oct
2017
Plasmodium falciparum is responsible for most of the fatalities caused by human malaria infection. The severe pathology is highly associated with trafficking of virulence complex...

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