Viral immunology, T cell memory formation, influenza (Immunology)
Professor Katherine Kedzierska is the Head of the Human T cell Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow Level B. Her principal area of expertise is viral immunology. She received her PhD from Monash University in 2002. Her PhD, performed at the Burnet Institute with Professor Suzanne Crowe, studied immunity to HIV infection and the mechanisms of disease pathogenicity. As an NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology with Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, Katherine undertook research into the key mechanisms underlying immunological T cell memory formation and persistence. Subsequently, as an NHMRC RD Wright Fellow, then an NHMRC CDF2 Fellow, Katherine has established her independent research on universal immunity to human influenza viruses.
Katherine’s PhD work was recognised by the 2001 Premier’s Commendation for Medical Research, 2002 Monash University Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal and an NHMRC Peter Doherty Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her postdoctoral research with Laureate Professor Peter Doherty. In 2007, she was awarded an NHMRC RD Wright Fellowship and grant funding to establish her own research team. She is currently an NHMRC CDF2 Research Fellow and a group leader of the Human T cell Laboratory. Katherine was the recipient of the 2011 NHMRC Excellence Award and the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award and the 2016 Australian Academy of Science Jacques Miller Medal for Experimental Medicine. She is an Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China and a Co-Director of the Sino-Australia Joint Research Laboratory for the Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease Research, Fudan-Melbourne University, located at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre.
2018-2019 Clifford Craig Research Trust; $40,000 Immunity to influenza viruses in children CIA Flanagan, K, CIB Kedzierska K
2018-2019 CEIRS Option Grant; US $416,121 The effect of prior natural infection or vaccination (‘imprinting’) on subsequent response to influenza vaccine in children
CIA Subarrao K, CIB Kedzierska K, CIC Fox A, CID Sullivan S
2018 Endeavour Grant Proposals. The Welsh Government’s Ser Cymru initiative for hosting an international academic Prof Kedzierska at the Cardiff University.
CIA Landell K, CIB Kedzierska K.
2018 Melbourne Technology Accelerator Fund; $14,000 “Methods and compositions for preventing influenza infection” CIA Kedzierska K, CIB Koutsakos M
2017-2019 One Health UoM-CSIRO PhD Project and Scholarship. $150,000 “Generation of protective immunity against severe influenza disease in Indigenous Australians”. CIA Kedzierska K, CIB Layton D, CIC Nguyen O, CID Bean A.
2017-2020 NHMRC Project Grant APP1122524; $1,630,900 over 4 years “Generation of protective immunity against severe influenza disease in Indigenous Australians”. CIA Kedzierska K, CIB Tong S, CIC Miller A, CID Purcell A, CIE Gras S
2016-2017 Doherty Internal Collaborative Grants Scheme $20,000 “Understanding immune and genetic risk factors of severe seasonal influenza disease in patients hospitalized at the Royal Melbourne Hospital”. CIA Kedzierska K, CIB Richards M, CIC Nguyen O, CID Barr I.
2016-2017 Clifford Craig Research Trust; $177,204. “Clifford Craig Vaccine Trial Centre: Heterologous effect of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccination on influenza vaccine challenge in the elderly.”CIA Flanagan, K, CIB Plebanski M, CIC Kedzierska K, CID Reynolds J, CIE Nkaya H, CIF Klein S.
2015-2019 NHMRC Program Grant APP1071916; $13,617,890 over 5 years “Limi
Education and training
Monash University 2002
B. Sc. (Hons),
Monash University 1996
Awards and honors
ASI Gordon Ada Travel Award ($3000), ASI,
The Selwyn Smith Medical Research Prize ($6000), The Selwyn Smith,
University of Melbourne Media Jackpot Award for media publicity Nat Comms, UOM,
Australian Academy of Science Jacque Miller Medal for Experimental Medicine, Australian Academy of Science,
Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award for Medicine and Medical Sciences, Scopus,
CASS Foundation Travel Grant, CASS,
Travel Award, CASS Foundation,
Travel award, Australasian Society for immunology,