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Samantha Davis

Samantha Davis

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PhD Candidate
Immunology, Viral Infectious Diseases
Discovery Research
The University of Melbourne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI)
Lab Group(s):
Chung group

Sam is a PhD candidate interested in studying antibody functions in viral infections, including HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2. She is specifically interested in studying the functions of plasma IgA in infection. Prior to initiating her PhD in 2019, she completed a Bachelor in Animal and Vetererinary Biosciences with honours at La Trobe University (2018). This research can be used to inform future vaccines and antibody therapies for HIV and SARS-CoV-2. 

  • Key Achievements
    • The wide impact of Samantha’s work has led to several oral and poster presentations and awards in local and international conferences. She has received the ViiV Healthcare World AIDS Day Young Invesitgator Award in 2019, was a University of Melbourne 3MT Grand Finalist in 2020, had a Top Cited Review in ICB in 2021 and was awarded an ASI Post-Graduate Career Advancement Award in 2022.

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    Research Groups
    • Chung group

      The Chung group is interested in understanding the biophysical and functional properties of antibodies that are associated with protection against a range of infectious diseases, which will provide important insights to improve antibody-based vaccines and therapies.

      Lab Team

      Chung group