Dr Vanessa Evans is a postdoctoral researcher and head of the Dendritic Cell (DC)/ Immunomodulation group within the laboratory of Professor Sharon Lewin and Associate Professor Paul Cameron. She was awarded her PhD at Monash University in 2011 on ‘DC and T cell interactions: Their role in HIV-1 spread and latency. Vanessa has collaborated with a number of groups, which has included spending time within the laboratories of Professor Rafick Sékaly, at the University of Montreal and at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI), Florida.
Vanessa has presented her work extensively both nationally and internationally, resulting in a number of scholarships and awards. She has extensive experience in a wide range of techniques including primary cell isolation of dendritic cell populations, flow cytometry, and HIV production and infection. Her PhD led to several novel findings including the mechanism of how some strains of HIV infect the thymus via transfer of the virus from thymic DC, and the development of a novel, laboratory-based model demonstrating a role for DC in the establishment of HIV latency.
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