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Dr Simone Park

Dr Simone Park

Dr Simone Park

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Honorary Research Fellow
Discovery Research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Laura Mackay Group

Simone Park is a NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Simone graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne in 2014. Simone obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2019 with Associate Professor Thomas Gebhardt and Associate Professor Laura Mackay, researching local immune responses against cancer and infection. Simone is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working in the laboratory of Professor Laura Mackay, investigating the development and function of tissue-resident memory T cells in cancer, infection and autoimmunity.

  • Key Achievements
    • Simone’s research has uncovered critical roles for tissue-resident memory T cells in protecting against melanoma and viral infections, resulting in high impact first-author publications in leading journals such as Nature and Nature Immunology. Simone is a recipient of several research achievement awards including the Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award (In Memory of Neil Lawrence Prize, 2019), Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research (2018), the QIAGEN PhD Achievement Award (2018) and the Morgan Mansell Young Melanoma Researcher of the Year Award (2019). She presents frequently at both local and international meetings where she has received numerous presentation and travel awards from national and international organisations. Since graduating with her PhD in 2019, Simone has been awarded multiple competitive fellowships and grants to continue her work into using tissue-resident memory T cells for immunotherapy, including a Cancer Council Victoria Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019), an Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant (from 2020), and project grants from Cancer Australia/Cure Cancer Australia (2020) and The University of Melbourne (2020). Simone is the current Secretary of the University of Melbourne MDHS Early Career Researcher Network and serves on several committees including the Melbourne Immunotherapy Network and Day of Immunology.

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    Research Groups
    • Laura Mackay Group

      The Mackay Lab studies memory T cell responses, with a focus on the signals that control tissue-resident memory T cell differentiation, and a view to harness these cells to develop new treatments against infection, cancer and autoimmune conditions.

      Lab Team

      Laura Mackay Group

      • Senior Research Officer
      • Dr Thomas Burn
        Research Officer
      • ARC DECRA Research Fellow
      • Dr Raissa Fonseca
        ARC DECRA Research Fellow
      • Dr Luke Gandolfo
        Research Officer (Computational Biology)
      • Senior Research Fellow
      • Dr Andrea Nguyen
        Research Officer
      • Dr Kelly Paton
        Research Officer
      • Dr Tobias Poch
        DFG Walter Benjamin Programme Fellow
      • Dr Natasha Zamudio
        Laboratory Manager
      • Dr Pirooz Zareie
        ARC DECRA Research Fellow
      • Honorary Research Fellow
      • Keely McDonald
        Research Assistant
      • Allison Clatch
        PhD Candidate
      • James Dosser
        PhD Candidate
      • Louis Lee
        PhD Candidate
      • Andreas Obers
        PhD Candidate
      • Maleika Osman
        PhD Candidate
      • Justine Seow
        PhD Candidate
      • Joey Kuai
        Masters Student
      • Rachel Evans
        Honours Student