2007 NHMRC Menzies Fellow
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Dr Nick Huntington was awarded the NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to study "Natural Killer cell development, survival and homeostasis". His research focuses on two important cells of the immune system, the ‘natural killer’ or NK cell and the ‘B’ cell.
Dr Huntington will use the Fellowship to study at within the Department of Cytokines and Lymphoid Development Pasteur Institute, Paris and the Department of Immunology at the The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
Studied at: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research; Pasteur Institute
Following my PhD at the start of 2006, I obtained a Cancer Council of Victoria post-doctoral fellowship to complete a cancer immunology project at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). I joined the Pasteur Institute (Paris) later that year to head a novel research program on human immune system (HIS) models where I was funded by a NH&MRC CJ Martin post-doctoral fellowship and I was also awarded the RG Menzies leadership fellowship for 2007. In 2008 I was awarded the highly prestigious and competitive Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) long-term fellowship (2008-2011) in recognition of my cross-disciplinary approach in studying human immunology. These fellowships extended my research period in Paris allowing for extensive publication and establishment of my independent research topic of human haematopoiesis. I returned to Australia in 2011 to establish my human immunology models at WEHI and continue my work on natural killer (NK) cell biology. I was recently appointed as Laboratory Head in Molecular Immunology Division where my expertise in NK cell biology complements the division’s research direction. I also have a co-appointment as Laboratory Head in the newly created Clinical Translation Centre (CTC) at WEHI, facilitating my access to research clinicians, patient material and human biosafety laboratory facilities.
Scholarship Year: 2007
Fields of Interest
Cancer, Immunology, Medicine