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Dr Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz

Dr Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz

Dr Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz

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Senior Research Officer
Immunology, Host Pathogens Interactions
Discovery Research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Heath Group

Daniel received Bachelor degrees in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Oviedo, Spain, and obtained his PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 2008. Daniel then took up a postdoctoral position working on malaria immunology in the Heath Lab at the Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne, where he is currently based. His research explores immunity to malaria, particularly focusing on T cell memory and vaccination.

  • Key Achievements
    • Daniel's work led to the generation of two T cell receptor-transgenic mouse lines specific for malaria parasite antigens (termed PbT-I and PbT-II) that facilitate detailed analyses of T cell function in the context of infection and vaccination. Using these tools, Daniel pioneered the study of liver-resident memory T cells and their protective potential against malaria. Daniel also participated in the development of novel vaccination strategies that exploit the remarkable protective features of these cells, as well as in the identification of novel parasite antigens for such T cell-based vaccines. 

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    Research Groups
    • Heath Group

      Bill’s group’s cellular immunology research currently focuses on understanding killer T cell function with particular reference to improved vaccination strategies and understanding malarial disease.

      Lab Team

      Heath Group

      • Melanie Damtsis
        Research Assistant
      • Senior Research Officer
      • Daniel Fernandez Ruiz
        Research Officer
      • Nazanin Ghazanfari
        Research Officer
      • Marie Greyer
        PhD student (co-supervised with the Bedoui Lab)
      • Lauren Holz
        Research Officer
      • Jyh Liang Hor
        PhD student (co-supervised with Mueller Lab)
      • Yu (Alex) Kato
        PhD student
      • Ming Li
        Research Assistant
      • Wei Yi Ng
        PhD student
      • Sanne Hendrilis
        Occupational Trainee
      • Lynette Beattie