Dr Irina Caminschi
Dr Caminschi received her PhD from The University of Western Australia, investigating the role of IL-12 in evoking anti-tumour immunity. Her interest in harnessing the immune system to combat disease lead to her post-doctoral studies on dendritic cells in the laboratory of Prof Shortman at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She investigated the heterogeneous nature of dendritic cells and their role in orchestrating the adaptive immune response. Her analysis of dendritic cell subsets by screening for differentially expressed genes has lead to the discovery of many novel genes. These molecules have allowed the dissection of the unique immune functions of dendritic cell subpopulations and provided targets for immunotherapy. In 2012, Dr Caminschi established her own laboratory where she continues her research on dendritic cell biology with a view that understanding the molecules that govern the specialised functions of dendritic cells will open the way to novel immunotherapies.