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Project: Investigating the role of memory T cell subsets in protection from malaria

Heath Group

Malaria-specific memory CD8+ T cells are crucial for providing protection from the liver stage of malaria infection. But it is unclear which subset/s is responsible for protection. After vaccination, effector memory (Tem) and tissue-resident memory (Trm) cells are found in the liver with both populations closely interacting with infected hepatocytes. Using knockout mice and depleting antibodies, the contribution of both memory T cell subsets to protection from malaria will be assessed by flow cytometry and qPCR techniques.

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Project Supervisor

Dr Lauren Holz

Project Co-supervisor

Professor William Heath

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Master of Biomedical Science

Heath Group

8 vacancies

Bacterial and Parasitic Infections
Cross Cutting Disciplines
Discovery Research

The Heath group is interested in the immune response to pathogens, particularly to malaria, which is still a major cause of mortality worldwide. We study T cell responses with the aim of improving vaccine strategies and focus on T cell responses in the skin, the liver and lymphoid organs including the spleen. Our lab recently discovered a population of resident memory T cells within the liver that are capable of protecting against malaria infection. These and other cells are currently being studied. 

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