Researcher biography

I completed my doctoral degree as part of the International PhD Program at Institute Pasteur (Paris, France) in 2012. During my PhD, I laid strong foundations for my academic career and became a key researcher in the field of NK cell response to systemic inflammatory response syndrome and sepsis in animal models and intensive care unit (ICU) patients. In 2013, I joined QIMR as a postdoctoral fellow, and in 2016 I moved to the Immunotherapy Laboratory at WEHI to extend my knowledge in the areas of cancer immunoediting and immunotherapy under Prof. Nick Huntington mentorship. I started to gain independence by attracting peer-reviewed funding: an NHMRC ECF Peter Doherty Fellowship, an NHMRC New Investigator Project Grant, a National Breast Cancer Foundation Fellowship, three Cure Cancer Australia (CCA) PdCCRS Project Grants, and a Weekend to End Women's Cancer Grant as sole chief investigator. From my postdoctoral training, I have an extensive track record of publications in top tier journals including Blood, Cell Death Dis, JEM, PNAS, Nat Comms and Nat Immunol (total 71 papers since 2009 including 19 as first author, and 13 as corresponding author), and was awarded the 2019 Researcher of the Year by CCA, 2020 QLD Young Tall Poppy Science Award and a 2020 UQDI Rising Star Award. My work in the identification of new regulators of optimal in vivo NK cell function has earned me peer recognition as an emerging leader in this field. My current projects at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute aim to identify and translate the role of NK cells and develop novel immunotherapy approaches for different diseases.