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DR Louise Rowntree


  • Immunology



  • I was introduced to immunology and transplant research during my Honours year in the Central Clinical School at Monash University. I then undertook my PhD under the supervision of Dr Nicole Mifsud and A/Prof Tom Kotsimbos at Monash University with a focus on T cell cross-reactivity. I was interested in whether T cells developed against particular viruses could reactivate in certain situations of solid organ transplantation. I completed my PhD in 2016 and continued my research into T cell cross-reactivity in the Purcell laboratory where I focused on identifying antigens presented by allogenic HLA which are cross-recognised by virus-specific T cells. I  recently joined the Kedzierska laboratory at The University of Melbourne to work on developing a universal influenza vaccine, with a particular focus on the vaccine components relevant to the Indigenous population, and to asses its efficacy in preclincal and clinical settings. This involves the molecular and functional characterization of CD8+ T cells against influenza A and B viruses.   


Member of

  • Australasian Society for Immunology. Australasian Society for Immunology 2012 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2017