A visit from the land of kangaroos

The Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering witnessed an expert lecture on “The regulation of host immune responses during parasitic infections” by Prof. Christian Engwerda, Group Leader from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia.

It was organised by CoE-OTER, TEQIP-II on 8th October at 10:30 AM in P.K.Parija Auditorium.

Dr. Christian Engwerda is a senior scientist and group leader at Immunology & Infection Lab, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia. He is an internationally recognised expert in immunology and parasitology. He was recruited to QIMR in 2003 after spending 11 years working in the USA and UK (Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow). Currently, an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, he has attracted competitive funding from major National and International funding bodies and the Biotechnology Industry. His research findings can be seen in the pages of high-impact, international journals like Nature, Cell, PLoS Pathogen, Blood etc., with over 2500 citations. He is also a co-inventor on 3 major patent families with patents granted in USA, Europe, China and Japan. He is a co-organizer for the Immunology Section of the prestigious “Biology of Parasitism” course held each year at Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory (MA, USA) to train some of the worlds’ most talented Parasitology students.

Prof. Engwerda’s lab studies the host immune response during malaria and leishmaniasis to distinguish anti-parasitic host immune responses that control infection from those that cause disease and uses experimental models, as well as samples from patients and human volunteers deliberately infected with parasites for their research. The long term goal of his research is to develop better vaccines and therapies to prevent and treat infectious diseases
The seminar was immensely apprising and so, was a great success. Faculty members and students also got an opportunity to clarify their queries after the seminar from such an eminent personality. The department also had a cosy talk with him on future collaboration between NITR and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia and signing of an MOU.