Joanna Groom 14th Lorne Infection and Immunity 2024

Joanna Groom

Dr Groom’s research is focused on how immune cell location and interactions control immune responses. This interest was piqued during her PhD at the Garvan Institute that investigated cellular signalling critical to lupus autoimmunity. Her research revealed a novel mechanism of autoantibody production, which was pivotal in licensing the BAFF blocking antibody, Belimumab, for lupus treatment. During her postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Dr Groom found how chemokine regulation was not only critical for T cell positioning but also unintuitively for T cell priming. Dr Groom is now a Laboratory Head in the Immunology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She uses in vivo and 3D imaging platforms and molecular analysis to dissect the T cell interactions that independently balance fate decisions between T cell effector function and memory formation. Her goal is to identify context-dependent strategies to harness this T cell differentiation axis; either to stimulate potent T cell effector function for the elimination of chronic infection and cancer, or to amplify the formation and longevity of cellular memory to prevent current and emerging infectious diseases.

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