Our research

Cancer

We're focused on finding ways to assist or train our immune system to better recognise and target different forms of cancer. We also research the underlying biology of cancer to find better treatment options.

CAR T-cell therapy

A revolutionary new approach to fighting cancer, CAR T-cell therapy has the potential to fundamentally transform cancer treatment.

Allergic disease

We're researching the underlying genetic and environmental factors that lead to the development of allergic diseases such as asthma, eczema and food allergy to find new ways to target and treat these debilitating conditions.

Infectious disease

We're investigating the role of the immune system in infectious diseases such as influenza, hepatitis B and parasitic infection to find new opportunities for treatments and cures.

COVID-19

We're helping ensure ongoing access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours as part of Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand – Ohu Kaupare Huaketo.

Gut health

We're unravelling the relationship between our gut, diet and our immune system to help improve health outcomes in the areas of allergic, inflammatory and infectious diseases.

Hookworm therapy

We're exploring the therapeutic potential of human hookworms to ultimately find better treatment options for a range of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including coeliac, asthma, allergy, MS and IBD.

Immune system

The immune system is our body’s natural defence mechanism. It is a complex and sophisticated network of cells, proteins and organs that work together to protect us from threats like viruses, parasites, harmful bacteria and cancerous cells.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy harnesses the potential of both the innate and adaptive immune system. Immunologists research ways to manipulate cells and structures within the immune system, to create therapies that directly combat a disease.