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Dr William Figgett

Dr William Figgett

Dr William Figgett

(03) 8344 1589 | [email protected]

Post-doctoral Research Officer
Discovery Research, Genomics, Translational and Clinical Research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) , The University of Melbourne
Lab Group(s):
Fabienne Mackay Group

Dr Figgett is an expert in B-cell immunology, autoimmunity pathogenesis mechanisms, and mouse models of Systemic Lupus Erythematsus (SLE). He completed his BSc(Molecular Biology & Genetics) (Hons I) degree from Sydney University (top-ranked in his honours cohort), followed by his PhD from UNSW (with full APA scholarship). He completed postgraduate training in research commercialisation (UNSW Business School), and postdoctoral training in computational science and bioinformatics to analyse transcriptomics, metabolomics, and microbial metagenomics datasets. Dr Figgett’s research includes fundamental B-cell biology and the development of new therapies for treating SLE and B-cell malignancies.

  • Key Achievements
    • Dr Figgett discovered a fundamental safety-mechanism that regulates the non-specific activation of B-cells, a finding published in Immunity (a top-ranked primary immunology journal). He identified key protein interactions that are important in the disease-progression of SLE, and has developed novel treatment strategies for autoimmunity and B-cell-related diseases. He co-supervised 9 research students and was awarded competitive early-career research awards from the Victorian Cancer Agency, and the University of Melbourne (Translational Research Award), supporting immuno-therapeutics innovations.

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    Research Groups
    • Fabienne Mackay Group

      Fabienne’s group focuses on autoimmunity and has recently initiated an important funded research program on restoring immunity in cancer.

      Lab Team

      Fabienne Mackay Group

      • Dr Catherine Kennedy
        Lab Manager
      • Post-doctoral Research Officer
      • Dr Simona Infantino
      • Dr Pin She Quah
      • Florence Lim
        PhD Student
      • Research Officer/ Lab Manager
      • Yiqiao Chen
        Masters Student
      • Elif Gungor
        Honours Student
      • Angela Vitali
      • Eden Whitlock
        Research Support Officer