Dr Laura Mackay

Dr Laura Mackay is a Laboratory Head and Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne and holds an Adjunct appointment at the Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*STAR. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – Bill & Melinda Gates International Scholar, NHMRC Career Development Fellow, recipient of The Michelson Prize for Human Immunology and The Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award and serves on the council of the Australian Society of Immunology as the representative for The Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania (FIMSA). Laura obtained her PhD from The University of Birmingham, U.K., in 2009, before taking up a post-doctoral position with Prof Francis Carbone (University of Melbourne). With grant support from the NHMRC and ARC, Laura established an independent group at the Peter Doherty Institute in 2016. Her laboratory studies cellular immune responses, with a focus on the genes and signals that control resident memory T cell differentiation, with a view to harness these cells to develop new treatments against infection and cancer.