Dr Munoz-Erazo completed his PhD at the University of Sydney under Professor Nicholas King, investigating innate immune responses of human retinal pigment epithelium cells to West Nile virus (WNV) infection as well as establishing a murine model of retinal WNV infection. His previous postdoctoral role was with Assoc. Professor Roslyn Kemp at the University of Otago exploring the tumour immune microenvironment in human colorectal cancer using high-dimensional microscopy technologies.
My research interests revolve around understanding the pathogenesis and progression of disease. Investigating immune responses is a key approach. Consequently, I am interested in investigating how various types of leucocytes interact with each other and their microenvironments.
New imaging technologies offer the ability to look at large number of markers, and I’m very enthusiastic about the possibilities these technologies offer to the field of immunology.
My research projects within the Immune Cell Biology will explore mechanisms involved in dendritic cell antigen presentation in allergy models, as well as characterising the T-cell subsets that they interact with. To do this, I’ll be employing microscopy imaging and especially new histocytometry analysis approaches; as both an exploratory and complementary technique with multiparameter flow cytometry.