Immunology Heroes and Villains

Day of Immunology Public Lecture, 2012

This year’s public lecture was held at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity on the 29 April 2016. 

The topic was Immunology Heroes and Villains which was introduced and chaired by Professor David Tarlinton of Monash University. Three of Melbourne’s top immunologists Dr Susanne Heinzel, Dr Maria Liaskos and Professor Dale Godfrey discussed this interesting topic.

If you missed out on the public lecture you can watch it here.






Dr Susanne Heinzel

Dr Susanne Heinzel

Dr Heinzel is a senior research scientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne and Vice President of the Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI) 

Her research focuses on the rules that govern the activation, survival and expansion of the immune cells that are responsible for the protection of the human body against infections. Dr Heinzel completed her PhD at the University in Tuebingen in Germany in the field of Tumour Immunology investigating the immune responses to cancer cells. In 2000, she translocated to Adelaide where she continued to research on tumour immunology.

Prior to her move to Melbourne, Dr Heinzel has worked as clinical trial manager and senior research scientist at Vaxine, an Adelaide based biotech company; working on the development of vaccines including the first vaccines against the novel H1N1 swine flu virus in 2009.



Dr Maria Liaskos

Dr Maria Liaskos

Dr Liaskos is the Head of the Host-Pathogen Interactions Laboratory at the Centre of Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. She is also an inaugural veski inspiring women fellow.

Dr Liaskos's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms whereby pathogenic bacteria cause disease in the host, in addition to the role of host immune receptors in mediating immune responses to bacterial infections.










Professor Dale GodfreyProfessor Dale Godfrey

Professor Dale Godfrey is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne. 

He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI). Professor Godfrey's research is focussed on the biology and function of immune fighting cells called T-cells. In particular his work studies the therapeutic potential of unconventional T cells, including Natural Killer T cells, MAIT cells, CD1a, CD1b and CD1c-restricted T cells and gamma-delta T cells.










Professor David Tarlinton

Professor David Tarlinton

Professor Tarlinton is Head of Department and laboratory head for the Immune Memory Laboratory in the Department of Immunology and Pathology, Monash University.

He completed
 his BSc degree with Honours at the University of Sydney before undertaking a PhD with Professor Len Herzenberg at Stanford University, California, USA. This was followed by a three year post-doctoral period with Professor Klaus Rajewsky in Köln, Germany before returning to Australia as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Sir Gustav (Gus) Nossal at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. He was appointed a laboratory head and NHMRC Research Fellow in 1997, a Senior Research Fellow in 2002, Principal Research Fellow in 2009 and Professor in Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at University of Melbourne in 2014. He moved to become Professor and Head of Department at Monash Immunology and Pathology in 2016.

Professor Tarlinton is a recipient of continuous NHMRC grant support, a winner of the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research in 2014 and recipient of the Distinguished Innovator Award from the Lupus Research Institute, USA in 2013. He is also a past President of the Australasian Society for Immunology (2012-13) and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge UK.