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Dr Marios Koutsakos

Dr Marios Koutsakos

Dr Marios Koutsakos

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Research Fellow
Immunology, Host Pathogens Interactions
Discovery Research, Translational and Clinical Research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Kedzierska Group

Marios completed his BSc in Biomedical Sciences at Imperial College in London, working with Professor Wendy Barclay on the molecular virology of influenza B viruses. He then obtained a Masters degree in Systems and Synthetic biology, also at Imperial College. Marios subsequently undertook a PhD with Professor Katherine Kedzierska within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, focusing on understanding protective immunity to influenza viruses, especially the understudied but clinically relevant influenza B viruses. Marios is now a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Kedzierska Laboratory Group, working on the pre-clinical development of universal influenza vaccines, immunity to influenza B viruses and immunity in high-risk groups of severe influenza infection, like transplant recipients.

  • Key Achievements
    • Marios’ work has so far resulted in three first author manuscripts, including highly ranked journals; Nature Immunology and Science Translational Medicine, as well as a patent inventorship on the design of novel universal influenza vaccines. He has received numerous awards, including the QIAGEN PhD Achievement award, as well as the James S Porterfield Prize in international virology by the University of Oxford, the ASI Pharmaxis award, an ASI International Travel Award and was a ASI New Investigator finalist. In 2020 he was a recipient of an NHMRC EL1 fellowship, an ECR grant by the University of Melbourne and a Dyason Fellowship.

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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 Marios Koutsakos
        Research Fellow
      • Dr Oanh Nguyen
        Postdoctoral fellow
      • Emma Grant
        PhD student
      • Nicola Bird
        Research Assistant
      • Sergio Quinones Parra
        PhD student
      • Sneha Sant
        PhD student
      • Hayley Hayley
        Research Assistant
      • Simone Neussing
      • Jesseka Chadderton