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Professor James McCluskey

Professor James McCluskey

Professor James McCluskey

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Assistant Vice-Chancellor (University of Melbourne)
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Lab Group(s):
McCluskey Group

Professor James McCluskey is the Assistant Vice-Chancellor at the University of Melbourne supporting the development of the Australian Institute for Infectious Disease (AIID) and the Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics at the Doherty Institute. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne, from March 2011 until July 2023, during which time he led the development of the Doherty Institute. Prior to this he was the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Partnerships and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology. 
James trained in Perth as a physician and pathologist. He spent four years at the National Institutes of Health in the USA. On returning to Australia in 1987 he worked at Monash University until 1991 before joining Flinders University and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
 James joined the University of Melbourne in 1997 and has an international reputation for his research in basic and clinical immunology and is recognised for his leadership in the field of human leukocyte antigens (HLA) and the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). He has consulted for the Australian Red Cross for more than 20 years and is Editor-in-Chief of the international immunogenetics journal, Tissue Antigens. He is on the Board of Directors of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Bionics Institute and is Chair of the Nossal Institute Council and the Board of Nossal Institute Limited.

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    Research Groups
    • McCluskey Group

      MAIT cells respond to precursors of riboflavin, allowing the immune system to detect microbial invaders. The McCluskey group aims to understand their role in infection/inflammatory conditions and is tackling this question using mouse models, human tissue analysis and structural biology.

      If you are interested to collaborate with us, please, feel free to get in touch. Please note that the human and mouse MR1 tetramers developed in our laboratory can now be ordered through the NIH tetramer core facility.

      Lab Team

      McCluskey Group

      • Associate Professor Alexandra Corbett
      • Senior Research Officer
      • Group Leader, MAIT Cell Program; NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow
      • Bronwyn Meehan
        Lab Manager
      • Dr Michael Souter
        Research Officer
      • Troi Pediongco
        Research Assistant
      • Freya Harewood
        PhD Student
      • Dr Huimeng Wang
        Research Officer
      • Xin Yi Lim
        Research Assistant
      • Lucy Meehan
        Research Assistant
      • Adam Nelson
        Research Assistant
      • Songyi Li
        Masters Student
      • Yilu Huang
        Masters Student

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