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Professor Andrew Brooks

Professor Andrew Brooks

Professor Andrew Brooks

(03) 8344 9925 | [email protected]

Deputy Director and Head of Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Education & Professional Development
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Brooks Group

Professor Andrew Brooks is an immunologist interested in immune recognition strategies, in particular how immune cells discriminate healthy cells from those infected with viruses or tumours. Before establishing a laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Andrew completed a PhD in immunology at Flinders University in South Australia and post-doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, USA. It was here Andrew developed an interest in the receptors used by lymphocytes called natural killer cells that allow them to target tumours or virus-infected cells. Since returning to the University of Melbourne, Andrew’s research has continued to focus largely on receptors that regulate lymphocyte activation.

  • Key Achievements
    • In addition to running a research program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Andrew is also the Head of Teaching. He has published over 130 peer reviewed papers, many in leading journals including Nature, Nature Immunology and Immunity, and together with his collaborators has been the recipient of in excess of $45 million in competitive grant funding. He is an authority on natural killer cell receptors having made major discoveries largely centering around how these receptors recognise a group of highly variable proteins called Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA), which themselves play crucial roles in transplantation.

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    Research Groups
    • Brooks Group

      Research in Andrew’s laboratory is largely centred on how natural killer cells and T cells impact the outcomes of viral infection, cancer and transplantation.

      Lab Team

      Brooks Group

      • Dr Lucy Sullivan
        Senior Research Fellow
      • Dr Jie Lin
        Research Officer
      • Dr Philippa Saunders
        Research Officer
      • Dr Sanda Stankovic
        Research Officer
      • Jacqueline Widjaja
        Research Assistant
      • Christopher Harpur
        PhD Student
      • Shu Cheng Wong
        PhD Student
      • Dr Shinta Dewi
        PhD Student
      • Senior Research Officer