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Dr Rubaiyea Farrukee

Dr Rubaiyea Farrukee completed a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) at Monash University, including Honours in 2013. Dr Farrukee subsequently undertook a PhD in 2016 at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, studying the fitness of antiviral resistant influenza viruses. After completion of the PhD, Dr Farrukee started working in the Reading/Brooks laboratory as a Roche Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her project is focussed on identifying novel antiviral host factors for respiratory pathogens, including human respiratory syncytial virus and SARS-COV-2.

  • Key Achievements
    • Dr Farrukee was awarded the Millis Jackson Research Scholarship, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Early Career Research Award during her PhD. In the final year of her PhD, Dr Farrukee received a Doherty Seed Grant, which allowed her to finish her project comprehensively. Dr Dr Farrukee has been the recipient of the Major Bartlett Travel Grant, which gave her the opportunity to present her work in multiple local and international conferences, where she has received awards for the Best Oral Presentation. Due to her keen interest in science communication, Dr Farrukee also participated in the 3-Minute Thesis competition and Global Health Case Competition at the University of Melbourne, and was a semi-finalist in the first, and Team Leader of winning team in the latter.

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    Research Groups
    • Brooks Group

      Research in Andrew’s laboratory is largely centred on how natural killer cells and T cells impact the outcomes of viral infection, cancer and transplantation.

      Lab Team

      Brooks Group

      • Dr Lucy Sullivan
        Senior Research Fellow
      • Dr Jie Lin
        Research Officer
      • Dr Philippa Saunders
        Research Officer
      • Dr Sanda Stankovic
        Research Officer
      • Jacqueline Widjaja
        Research Assistant
      • Christopher Harpur
        PhD Student
      • Shu Cheng Wong
        PhD Student
      • Dr Shinta Dewi
        PhD Student
    • Reading Group

      Patrick’s group investigates how the body first detects and responds to respiratory viruses. They investigate viral attachment factors, cellular receptors and entry pathways, virus-induced activation of host genes and the mechanisms by which intracellular host proteins can block virus replication.

      Lab Team

      Reading Group

      • Melkamu Tessema
        PhD student
      • Lara Schwab
        PhD student
      • Harry Stannard
        Masters student
      • Fernando Villalon Letelier
        PhD student