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Innate immune control of virus infection

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  • Full or part time
    Assoc Prof Karla Helbig
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Viruses infect all living organisms, and our laboratory studies the early host response to viral infections in humans, and other mammalian and non-mammalian animal hosts. Specifically we are interested in the role of interferons and their down stream regulated interferon stimulated genes, and how they orchestrate and control the host anti-viral response.

Our laboratory uses advanced imaging, molecular, and genomic techniques, as well as systems biology approaches to examine the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the host response to viral infection. In particular, we utilize virus models of zika, dengue, herpes simplex virus, as well as multiple animal viral models. We aim to unravel the role of novel host proteins in the control of viral infection, with the goal of developing novel strategies to combat viral infection in both humans and animals.

The current available PhD project position will involve deciphering the cellular requirements of an effective host anti-viral response in mammalian cells known to be refractory to multiple viral infections of humans.

All interested applicants please email a current copy of your CV, as well as a copy of your Masters thesis.

Funding Notes

About the Scholarship

The 2019 La Trobe University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three and a half years of full-time study. Please see here for further details:

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a La Trobe University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to four years. Please see the LTUFFRS Conditions of Award for more information:

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