Tissue Resident Immune Cells: Targets for Immune Therapies

Saturday, June 17
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Laura K. Mackay

Laboratory Head
University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne

Dr Laura Mackay is a Laboratory Head and Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne. She is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) - Gates International Scholar, recipient of the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award, serves on The Australian Society of Immunology council as the representative for The Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania (FIMSA) and holds an Adjunct Prof. appointment at the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*STAR. Laura obtained her PhD from The University of Birmingham, U.K., in 2009, before taking up a post-doctoral position with Prof. Francis Carbone (University of Melbourne). With grant support from the NHMRC and ARC, Laura established an independent group at the Peter Doherty Institute in 2015. Her laboratory studies cellular immune responses, with a focus on the genes and signals that control resident memory T cell differentiation, with a view to harness these cells to develop new treatments against infection, cancer, and autoimmune disease.


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Thomas S. Kupper

Professor and Chair
Department of Dermatology/Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Thomas S. Kupper, MD
Chair, Department of Dermatology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Thomas B. Fitzpatrick Professor
Harvard Medical School


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Donna Farber

Professor of Surgical Sciences and Microbiology and Immunology
Columbia University

Donna L. Farber, Ph.D.: Brief Bio

Dr. Farber received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Michigan, her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, and did postdoctoral training in the Section of Immunobiology at Yale University and at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. She started her laboratory at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and moved to Columbia University in 2010 where she is currently a Professor of Surgical Sciences and Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Farber’s research for the past 20 years is focused on immunological memory and recently, on how the immune response is compartmentalized in tissue sites in mouse infection models and in humans. For human studies, Dr. Farber set up a unique resource to obtain multiple tissues from organ donors, enabling novel investigation of human immunity throughout the body over age and genetic diversity.


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