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Professor Katherine Kedzierska

Professor Katherine Kedzierska

Professor Katherine Kedzierska

(03) 8344 7962 | [email protected]

Laboratory Head
Immunology, Influenza
Indigenous Health
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Kedzierska Group

Professor Katherine Kedzierska is the Head of the Human T cell Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow Level B. Her principal area of expertise is viral immunology. She received her PhD from Monash University in 2002. Her PhD, performed at the Burnet Institute with Professor Suzanne Crowe, studied immunity to HIV infection and the mechanisms of disease pathogenicity. As an NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology with Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, Katherine undertook research into the key mechanisms underlying immunological T cell memory formation and persistence. Subsequently, as an NHMRC RD Wright Fellow, then an NHMRC CDF2 Fellow, Katherine has established her independent research on universal immunity to human influenza viruses.

  • Key Achievements
    • Katherine’s PhD work was recognised by the 2001 Premier’s Commendation for Medical Research, 2002 Monash University Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal and an NHMRC Peter Doherty Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her postdoctoral research with Laureate Professor Peter Doherty. In 2007, she was awarded an NHMRC RD Wright Fellowship and grant funding to establish her own research team. She is currently an NHMRC CDF2 Research Fellow and a group leader of the Human T cell Laboratory. Katherine was the recipient of the 2011 NHMRC Excellence Award and the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award and the 2016 Australian Academy of Science Jacques Miller Medal for Experimental Medicine. She is an Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China and a Co-Director of the Sino-Australia Joint Research Laboratory for the Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease Research, Fudan-Melbourne University, located at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre. 

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    Research Groups
    • Kedzierska Group

      Katherine’s team researches the immunity to viral infections, especially the newly emerged influenza viruses. Her work spans basic research – from mouse experiments to human immunity, through to clinical settings, with a particular focus on understanding universal CD8+ T cell immunity to influenza viruses. Her studies aim to identify key correlates of severe and fatal influenza disease in high-risk groups including children, the elderly and Indigenous Australians. 

      Lab Team

      Kedzierska  Group

      • Dr Liyen Loh
        Postdoctoral fellow
      • Dr Zhongfang Wang
        Postdoctoral fellow
      • Dr E Bridie Clemens
        NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow
      • Dr Oanh Nguyen
        Postdoctoral fellow
      • Emma Grant
        PhD student
      • Nicola Bird
        Research Assistant
      • Sergio Quinones Parra
        PhD student
      • Sneha Sant
        PhD student
      • Marios Koutsakos
        PhD student
      • Hayley Hayley
        Research Assistant
      • Simone Neussing
      • Jesseka Chadderton