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Dr Sapna Devi

Dr Sapna Devi graduated from Monash University with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2007. She was subsequently awarded two scholarships - Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS) and Monash International Postgraduate Scholarship (MIPRS) - to pursue her PhD under the supervision of Professor Michael Hickey. After completing her PhD in 2012, Sapna joined Dr Lai Guan Ng’s laboratory at the Singapore Immunology Network, A*STAR, Singapore, for her postdoctoral training. Sapna then returned to Melbourne in 2015 to continue her postdoctoral training with Dr Scott Mueller.

  • Key Achievements
    • Sapna is an expert in using intravital multiphoton microscopy to image different organs such as the kidney, bone marrow, lung, muscle and lymph node. During her PhD, she studied how white blood cells migrated and affected kidney diseases, which was published in Nature Medicine. During her postdoctoral training, Sapna examined the regulation of cell migration in the bone marrow using several other methods in combination with live animal imaging. These findings were published in Journal of Experimental Medicine. She is currently researching the mechanisms of lymphocyte migration in tissues, including studying the effects of neurotransmitters.

    Research Groups
    • Mueller Group

      Research in the Mueller laboratory is focused on dissecting the fundamental cellular processes involved in immune and neuro-immune responses to viruses and cancer in order to identify new targets for vaccines and novel therapeutics. We use advanced imaging and image analysis, single cell and spatial transcriptomics, transgenic mice, CRISPR editing and neuroscience tools to address these crucial knowledge gaps.

      Lab Team

      Mueller Group

      • Research Officer
      • Dr Yannick Alexandre
        Postdoctoral Researcher
      • Dr Harry Horsnell
        Postdoctoral Researcher
      • Dr Dominik Schienstock
        Postdoctoral Researcher
      • Dr Mengliang Wu
      • Dr Mitchell Ringuet
        Postdoctoral Researcher
      • Melanie Damtsis
        Research Assistant
      • Kirthana Senthil
        PhD Candidate
      • Alicia Weier
        PhD Candidate
      • Amir Hossain
        PhD Candidate
      • ZoĆ« Fransos
        Masters Student

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