I was born and raised in Australia and graduated with my Ph.D in 2019 with a thesis in tumor immunology. My thesis focused on improving adoptive T-cell therapy targeting virus-associated cancers.
In 2020, I was recruited to the Institut für Experimentelle Onkologie (IEO) at the Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Germany, by Prof. Michael Hölzel. I now work in the research group of Prof. Tobias Bald who is a W2 professor within the IEO.
Currently, I am leveraging single cell sequencing technologies, genetic barcoding, and genetic engineering approaches to explore tumor NK cell immunology. I am passionate about the therapeutic potential of targeted genetic engineering of primary cells. As well as, fascinated by the understanding of fundamental immunology; which, could be unlocked by harnessing genetic barcoding and mathematical modeling.
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Apr 2015–Sep 2019
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
University of Queensland
Based in Prof. Rajiv Khanna's lab at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia. Investigated approaches to manufacturing of EBV-specific autologous and allogeneic T-cells. Used in vitro primary T-cell assays, multiparametic flow cytometry, RNAseq, and humanised murine models.
Feb 2011–Nov 2014
Bachelor of Science (Honours, Class I)
During my bachelors I undertook a number of undergraduate research projects with mentors such as Assoc. Prof. Derek Kennedy and Assoc. Prof. Jeremy Brownlie where I learned fundemental molecular biology techniques and dabbled with drosophila research.
My honours year was spent in the lab of Prof. Nicholas Hayward where I explored predicting and validating tumor neoantigens from patient-derived melanoma material