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Dr Daniel Utzschneider

Dr Daniel Utzschneider

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Laboratory Head
The University of Melbourne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Utzschneider Group

Dr Daniel Utzschneider is a CSL Centenary & NHMRC Fellow and Laboratory Head at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) at the University of Melbourne. After completing his PhD studies in the group of Professor Dietmar Zehn at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Daniel undertook Postdoctoral fellowships with Prof Stephen Hedrick at the University of California San Diego (2015-2018) as well as with Prof Axel Kallies at the Doherty Institute (2018-2021). Since October 2021, he is an independent research group leader at the Doherty Institute.

  • Key Achievements
    • Daniel’s work has revealed crucial insights in the T cell differentiation in chronic infection including the discovery of a subpopulation of precursor exhausted T cells that are responsible for maintaining T cell responses in chronic infection and cancer as well as for the proliferative burst following checkpoint blockade, a widely applied immunotherapy for cancer patients. 

      Daniel’s work has resulted in various publications in leading journals such Nature Immunology, Immunity, Journal of Experimental Medicine and Cell Reports.

      His work has been awarded with the “Prix d’excellence“ from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and the Robert Koch Foundation (Germany) honoured him with a very prestigious award recognizing the next generation of scientists in 2019.

      Daniel has received multiple fellowships to support his work including an Early- and an Advanced Postdoc Mobility fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, a Career development program from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an NHMRC Investigator Grant and most recently the prestigious CSL Centenary Fellowship.

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    Research Groups
    • Utzschneider Group

      The Utzschneider Group group studies the mechanisms inducing T cell exhaustion with the ultimate goal to identify targets that can lead to the design and development of novel therapeutic treatments to improve health of patients suffering from chronic infections or cancer.

      Lab Team

      Utzschneider Group

      • Laboratory Head
      • Dr Annika Poch
        Research Fellow
      • Danielle Boyd
        Lab Manager
      • Lindsay Kosack
        Research Assistant
      • Catarina Veloso Gago da Graca
        PhD Candidate
      • Thi Minh Hanh Nguyen
        PhD Candidate
      • Nhat Truong Huynh Anh
        PhD Candidate
      • Sining (Sharon) Li
        PhD Candidate
      • Yuxi Cao
        PhD Candidate

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