Dr Lukasz Kedzierski completed his PhD at Monash University, where he tested efficacy of a novel malaria vaccine antigen in a murine model of infection. Subsequently, he moved to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute where he worked on the protozoan parasite Leishmania. His projects involved investigation of host-parasite interactions, drug discovery and anti-parasite immunity. He then shifted his focus to investigate the role of suppressors of cytokine signalling during viral infection. In 2017, Lukasz joined Professor John Fazakerley research group as a Senior Research Fellow. Current projects involve understanding the immune mechanisms leading to viral persistence in the CNS.
Lukasz was awarded an NHMRC Peter Doherty Postdoctoral Fellowship during his studies at WEHI. He has had two NHMRC Project Grants and two ARC Discovery grants (one awarded in 2016). He was invited to speak (as a sole representative from Australia) at the 1st (Recife, Brazil) and 2nd (Ouro Preto, Brazil) International Symposium On Leishmaniasis Vaccines, and co-authored a report with recommendations to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, published as a policy platform in PLoS NTD. His work on SOCS was featured in Australian daily newspapers (Herald Sun, Advertiser, Courier Mail) and online portals (Science Daily, Medical News Today).
The Fazakerley lab main interest is in the pathogenesis of infections with RNA viruses, in particular arboviruses and virus infections of the central nervous system. Our main focus is to understand arbovirus encephalitis and arbovirus persistence in mammalian systems and the response to these viruses of arthropod cells and mosquitoes.
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