Simone Park is a Cancer Council Victoria Postdoctoral 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. Simone is currently a Research Officer working in the laboratory of Associate Professor Laura Mackay, investigating the development and function of tissue-resident memory T cells in cancer and autoimmunity.
Simone was awarded a prestigious Elizabeth & Vernon Puzey Graduate Research Excellence Scholarship to undertake her PhD in 2015. 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 Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Picchi Award for Excellence in Cancer Research, the QIAGEN PhD Achievement Award and the Seqirus PhD Oration Award. She presents frequently at both local and international meetings where she has received numerous presentation and travel awards. In 2019, she was awarded a Cancer Council Victoria Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her work into using tissue-resident memory T cells for cancer immunotherapy.