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Project: Protective capacity of malaria-specific liver-tissue-resident memory T cells

Heath Group

We have developed a glycolipid-peptide conjugate vaccine that provides sterile immunity against malaria. Protection in this model is absolutely dependent on malaria-specific tissue-resident CD8 T cells, but how these cells provide protection is not clear. This project will investigate which cell population in the liver re-activates malaria-specific tissue-resident memory T cells after challenge, and how the phenotype and behaviour of these cells changes after challenge. This project will use animal models in combination with advanced immunological techniques including flow cytometry and intravital imaging.

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Project Supervisor

Dr Lauren Holz

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Master of Biomedical Science

Heath Group

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3 vacancies

Host Pathogens Interactions
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Discovery Research

The Heath group is interested in the immune response to pathogens, particularly to malaria, which is still a major cause of mortality worldwide. We study T cell responses with the aim of improving vaccine strategies and focus on T cell responses in the skin, the liver and lymphoid organs including the spleen. Our lab recently discovered a population of resident memory T cells within the liver that are capable of protecting against malaria infection. These and other cells are currently being studied. 

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