Speaker: Dr Damon Tumes, EMBL Australia, Infection and Immunity Theme, SAHMRI
Title: Regulation of pro-inflammatory T cell differentiation and immunological memory
Chair: Dr Ehud Hauben, Liver Metastasis Research Group, Discipline of Surgery, University of Adelaide. Located Level 1 BHI, TQEH. [email protected]
Speaker biography: Damon Tumes received his PhD from the department of Immunology and Microbiology, The University of Adelaide in 2009. Following this, he moved to Japan to take up a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellowship at the Chiba University, Japan. Here, he found that a protein called Ezh2 is an essential epigenetic braking mechanism that restrains the development of pro-inflammatory T cells. In 2014 Damon moved back to Adelaide to join David Lynn’s EMBL Australia group at SAHMRI. Here he is investigating early-life events that program immune function with a focus on neonatal gut dysbiosis. He currently has a joint appointment as Associate Professor at Chiba University and Research Fellow at SAHMRI and maintains active research projects at both institutes.