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Dr Oanh Nguyen

Dr Oanh Nguyen

Dr Oanh Nguyen

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Senior Research Fellow
Immunology, Viral Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infections, Influenza
Discovery Research, Computational Science and Genomics, Indigenous Health, Clinical and health systems research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) , Department of Infectious Diseases
Lab Group(s):
Kedzierska Group

Dr Oanh Nguyen completed her PhD in 2010 at Monash University investigating T cell adoptive immunotherapy against human cytomegalovirus. She then continued her research as a postdoctoral with Associate Professor Tom Kotsimbos in the Lung Transplant Unit at the Alfred Hospital, exploring T cell cross-reactivity between viral and self-antigens and its impact on rejection of transplanted organs between 2009 and 2013. Oanh is currently an active member of Associate Professor Katherine Kedzierska’s Human T cell Laboratory. Her responsibilities include managing and processing clinical cohort specimens, liaising with doctors and research nurses, human ethics applications, data management and supervision of PhD students. Her research interests include dissection of influenza-specific B cell and T cell immunity in hospitalised patients, influenza vaccination in healthy and immunocompromised individuals, immunomonitoring of cancer-specific T cells during cancer vaccine clinical trials and antiviral T cell receptor signatures. 

  • Key Achievements
    • Oanh has been working on T cell immunity towards chronic DNA herpes viruses (CMV and EBV) since 2004 and more recently on the acute RNA virus, influenza from 2013. She has published a number of peer-reviewed research articles and reviews in the field of bone marrow and lung transplantation and viral T cell immunology. She was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2005 and the 2006 Cystic Fibrosis Victoria Research Award as part of her PhD studies. Her postdoctoral oral presentations at international and national conferences have resulted in travel grants and best abstract monetary prizes.  

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    Research Groups
    • Kedzierska Group

      Professor Katherine Kedzierska’s team researches immunity to viral infections, especially the newly emerged SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Her work spans basic research from mouse experiments to human immunity through to clinical settings, with particular focus on understanding universal CD8+ T cell immunity to respiratory viruses. Her studies aim to identify key correlates of severe and fatal respiratory disease in high-risk groups including children, the elderly, Australian First Nations people, pregnant women and patients with co-morbidities.

      Lab Team

      Kedzierska  Group

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