Current Student Projects

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Olivia Burn BSc(Hons)(Otago)

PhD Project: Augmenting anti-tumour T cell responses using innate-like T cell ligands

Supervisors: Dr Robert Weinkove, Prof Ian Hermans, Prof Brett Delahunt (Otago)

Joshua Lange BSc(Hons)(Otago)

PhD project: Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells as cellular adjuvants in cancer immunotherapy

Supervisors: Prof Ian Hermans, Dr Oliver Gasser, Prof Brett Delahunt (Otago)

Regan Fu

PhD Project: Targeting tumour hypoxia with hypoxia-activated prodrugs to improve immunotherapy effectiveness

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Adam Patterson (Auckland), Dr Jeffrey Smaill (Auckland) and Prof Ian Hermans

Ellie-May Jarvis BMedSc(Otago)

MBChB/PhD Project: Profiling Innate-like T cells in Cancer

Supervisors: Dr Robert Weinkove and Prof Brett Delahunt (Otago)

Kef Prasit

PhD Project: Synthetic Vaccines: Combining a-GalCer and PRR Agonists

Supervisors: Prof Ian Hermans and Prof Gavin Painter (VUW)

Rebecca Dawson

PhD Project: Mitochondrial Transfer in Glioblastoma

Supervisors: Dr Patries Herst and Dr Melanie McConnell

Georgia Carson

PhD Project: Mitochondria Transfer and DNA Damage in Bone Marrow

Supervisors: Dr Melanie McConnell and Prof Mike Berridge

Brittany Lewer

MBmedSc Project: Mitochondrial Transfer in Human Erythroblasts

Supervisors: Dr Melanie McConnell and Dr Robert Weinkove


Asthma & Allergy

Kerry Hilligan BBmedSc(VUW) MBmedSc(Hons)(VUW)

PhD Project: Understanding dendritic cell regulation of CD4 T cell responses

Supervisors: Prof Franca Ronchese, Dr Lisa Connor and Prof Brett Delahunt (Otago)

Rhiannon Sexton BBmedSc(VUW)

MBmedSc Project: p53 role as a potential driver of DC activation in Th2 response

Supervisors: Prof Franca Ronchese, Dr Lisa Connor and Dr Olivier Lamiable


Translational Immunology - Gut Inflammation 

Anna Mooney BBmedSci(VUW)

MBmedSc Project: Investigating the role of the gut microbiota in vaccine-induced immune responses

Supervisor: Dr Olivier Gasser


Recently awarded PhDs



Alanna Cameron BBmedSci(VUW)
PhD Project: Immunological effects of highly targeted anticancer drugs
Supervisor: Prof Mike Berridge

Cameron Field BSc(Hons)(Otago)
PhD Project: Attenuation of immunosuppression to complement GBM immunotherapy
Supervisor:  Prof Ian Hermans 


Asthma & Allergy

Karmella Naidoo BBmedSci(VUW)

PhD Project: Characterising cells and cytokines in a model of atopic dermatitis

Supervisors:  Dr Elizabeth Forbes-Blom and Prof Graham Le Gros

Naomi Daniels BMedLabSci(Otago)

PhD Project: Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-mediated immunotherapy of allergic airway inflammation
Supervisors: Prof Franca Ronchese, Dr Lisa Connor and Prof Brett Delahunt (Otago)

Ryan Kyle BBmedSc(VUW)

PhD Project: Th2 cell function and fate during immune responses
Supervisors: Prof Graham Le Gros and Prof Franca Ronchese

Sotaro Ochiai BSc-Biomed(Hons)(Auckland)

PhD Project: Role of innate cytokines in dendritic cell programming in allergic diseases
Supervisors: Prof Graham Le Gros, Prof Franca Ronchese and Prof Brett Delahunt (Otago)


Gut Inflammation

Catherine Plunkett BBmedSc(Hons)(VUW)

PhD Project: Investigating the role of interleukin 25 in gut immune responses
Supervisors: Prof Graham Le Gros, Dr Elizabeth Forbes-Blom, Prof Brett Delahunt (Otago)