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Immunopaedia Ambassadors – Oceania

Our Ambassadors from across the Oceania area.


Richard Charlesworth

What is your name?
Richard Charlesworth 

What is your current position?
Lecturer in Biomedical Science 

Which institute and country do you work in?
University of New England, Australia 

What is your home country?
Australia 

What are your research interests?
Coeliac Disease, Autoimmunity, Mucosal Immunology 

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I was conferred a PhD in Clinical Immunology in 2017 and then accepted a lecturing position at the University of New England shortly after. I lecture mainly in human gastroenterology and immunology across the schools of Biomedical Science, Medicine and Nursing at the University. I also teach a number of related subjects in Biomedical Science.

My research focusses on gastrointestinal immunopathology and clinical/translational immunology. I am very interested in the immunology of the mucosal surfaces of the gut, examining the interactions between dietary antigens and the immune system in both healthy individuals and in conditions such as coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Using this data, I am also involved in developing novel diagnostics for coeliac disease in particular, as well as developing novel therapeutic agents to treat other mucosal autoimmune diseases. More recently, I have joined a research group examining the bi-directional communication between the gut microbiome and the brain. My role on their projects has been to examine the role of the immune system in this communication network using techniques including conventional histology, fluoro-immunohistochemistry and scanning electron microscopy.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn
ResearchGate
Twitter

Immunology Keywords:
Coeliac Disease, Autoimmunity, Mucosal Immunology


Natkunam KetheesanWhat is your name?
Natkunam Ketheesan 

What is your current position?
Professor of Biomedical Sciences 

Which institute and country do you work in?
University of New England, Australia 

What is your home country?
Australia 

What are your research interests?
Host pathogen interactions in rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, immune responses to infection in a diabetic host and immunology in higher education. 

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am an academic working in Australia with interests in research, research training and teaching.  After obtaining my MD I briefly worked as a clinician and later went on to complete an MSc in Clinical Immunology and a PhD in Immunomodulation in Transplantation. I held post-doctoral positions at the universities of Leeds, Western Australia and Queensland and academic positions at James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia. In 2018 I joined the University of New England in New South Wales where I am a Professor in Biomedical Science.

My research efforts focus on investigating the interactions between selected bacterial pathogens and the human host, enabling the development of strategies to better identify and combat infections and their complications. Over the last two decades I have developed laboratory models to determine host-pathogen interactions in rheumatic heart disease, melioidosis, tuberculosis and Q fever.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn 
PubMed
Youtube – The Immune System In 333 Seconds

Immunology Keywords:
Host pathogen interactions, Rheumatic fever, Diabetes and infection

The Immune System In 333 Seconds


Created by Natkunam Ketheesan, Mathew Currie and Shalisha Maisrikrod


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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