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Dr Julie McAuley

Dr Julie McAuley

Dr Julie McAuley

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Senior Research Officer
Immunology, Viral Infectious Diseases, Bacterial and Parasitic Infections, Emerging Infections, Influenza
Discovery Research
Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Brown Group

Dr Julie McAuley completed her PhD at the Mater Medical Research Institute in Brisbane in the field of mucosal immunology. Julie then conducted her postdoctoral research at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the USA. There, she studied the impact of novel influenza virus proteins on pathogenicity and predisposition to secondary infections, using both mouse and ferret models, enabling translation into the virulence potential in humans. In 2009, Julie relocated to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her work has uncovered mechanisms of inflammation contributing to influenza-induced disease and she is currently exploring novel host strategies to combat infection.

  • Key Achievements
    • Although still an early-mid career researcher, Julie has had three successive National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grants and is an associate investigator for the Influenza Program Grant. Julie has published 16 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Cell Host & Microbe and the Journal of Virology, many of which have been editorialised and also featured in scientific forums. Additionally, Julie has been invited to speak at several international conferences including GTC-Bio-Influenza in 2014, European Scientific Working group on Influenza in 2008 and 2011, Centers for Excellence in Influenza Research in 2008, and the Options for the Control of Influenza in 2007 and 2013.

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    Research Groups
    • Brown Group

      Lorena’s group is dedicated to understanding different aspects of influenza virus structure and replication, as well as the host immune response to the virus that may impact on disease outcome. They study areas of vulnerability that can be targeted by vaccines and therapeutics to control seasonal and highly pathogenic isolates.

      Lab Team

      Brown Group

      • Senior Research Officer
      • Senior Research Officer
      • Sanja Trifkovic
        PhD student
      • Robert Allen
        PhD student
      • Patricia Lee
        PhD student
      • Emily Fairmaid
        Research Assistant
      • Charley Mackenzie-Kludas
        Research Assistant
      • Wy Ching Ng
        Research Assistant
      • Michael Marazita
        Technical Assistant
      • Takuji Daito

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