Tissue-resident memory T cells and immune equilibrium in infection and cancer
Speaker: Tom Gebhardt, Doherty Institute
Thomas has a background in medicine and biomedical research and joined the Department of Microbiology & Immunology (University of Melbourne) in 2005 as a postdoctoral fellow of the German Research Foundation. Supported by a RD Wright Career Development Award (NHMRC), a CR Roper Fellowship (University of Melbourne) and more recently a Senior Medical Fellowship (Sylvia & Charles Viertel Foundation), Thomas established a laboratory that studies basic and translational aspects of immune responses in peripheral tissues. His work pioneered the discovery and functional characterisation of so-called tissue-resident memory T cells (TRM). The overall goal of his team is to understand the role of TRM cells in health and disease and to develop future vaccines and immunotherapies that target TRM cells for improved clinical outcomes in infection, inflammation and cancer.
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