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Dr Sarah Londrigan

Dr Sarah Londrigan

Dr Sarah Londrigan

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Senior Research Officer
Immunology, Viral Infectious Diseases, Host Pathogens Interactions , Influenza
Discovery Research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Brooks Group, Reading Group

Dr Sarah Londrigan completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD research at the University of Melbourne in 2002, where she identified novel cell surface receptors for rotavirus entry during infection of host cells.  Sarah’s postdoctoral research from 2002 to 2008 at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) involved creating immunomodulatory adenoviruses that generated local immunosuppression during islet transplantation to treat Type I diabetes.  In 2008, Sarah returned to the University of Melbourne as a Senior Research Officer in Professor Andrew Brooks and Associate Professor Patrick Reading’s laboratory.  Current projects involve understanding the entry pathways of influenza virus into host cells, and how airway immune cells can control influenza virus replication.  

  • Key Achievements
    • Sarah was awarded a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fellowship during her postdoctoral studies at WEHI. Sarah has recently been the recipient of a Melbourne Research Fellowship, with grant support from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the University of Melbourne (Early Career Researcher Award). Sarah is a current committee member of the Immunology Group of Victoria (IgV).

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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
      • Senior Research Officer
    • 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

      • Tina Meischel
        PhD student
      • Melkamu Tessema
        PhD student
      • Senior Research Officer
      • Lara Schwab
        PhD student
      • Harry Stannard
        Masters student
      • Fernando Villalon Letelier
        PhD student

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