Dr David Riglar

Dr David Riglar2014 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship

David will undertake the first two years of his Fellowship in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

David will investigate cell-signaling pathways, particularly focusing on how cells within a population differ in their response to type-1 interferons. This class of cytokine is important for protection from viral infections and the prevention of various cancers. David will utilise new approaches, including synthetic biology, to gain a better understanding of signaling processes and will investigate how we can more effectively design drugs to target only the diseased cells, thus reducing treatment side-effects.

"One of my dreams is to see a society that is more informed by evidence-based decisions and the scientific process," he says.

On return to Australia David will continue his research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.