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Professor Gavin Painter

Associate Group Leader

After completing his PhD studies in synthetic chemistry at the University of Otago in 1995 Professor Gavin Painter travelled to the University of Cambridge where he took up a collaborative research project involving phospholipids and cell signalling with the Babraham Institute. In 1999 he joined the Ferrier Research Institute of Te Herenga Waka to continue his research into improving the potency and delivery of vaccines through the application of lipids and codelivery of vaccine components.

Professor Painter leads the Painter Laboratory. Through collaboration with the Hermans Laboratory the group has shown chemical conjugation of targeting moieties can improve adaptive immune responses leading to more efficaous vaccines. A current focus of the group is the nanoencapsulation of antigenic materials in lipid particles utilising microfluidics.