Nobel Laureate Professor Rolf Zinkernagel visits Centenary

Nobel Laureate Professor Rolf Zinkernagel engaged in a dynamic round table discussion with Centenary Institute scientists this morning.

Professor Rolf Zinkernagel

Professor Rolf Zinkernagel at the Centenary Institute

Professor Zinkernagel – Professor Emeritus of The University of Zurich, Switzerland – is the 1996 Nobel Laureate (with Professor Peter Doherty) in Medicine “for research on the biochemical mechanism with which the immune system recognises and destroys virus-infected cells”.

Five of Centenary’s scientists were excited to have the privilege of presenting and discussing their latest immunologically based research to their peers and the internationally renowned superstar of the scientific and medical world.

Assistant Director, Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth with Professor Rolf Zinkernagel at the Centenary Institute

Assistant Director, Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth, Head T Cell Biology with Professor Rolf Zinkernagel at the Centenary Institute

Presenters included:

  • Holly Bolton, T Cell Biology, on the role of regulatory T cells on controlling T cell activation;
  • Ben Roediger,  Immune Imaging, on the role of interleukin-2 in type 2 inflammation;
  • Manuela Florido, Tuberculosis Research Group, on the impact of mycobacteria and influenza pulmonary co-infection in pathogen-specific T cell responses;
  • Anneliese Tyne, Tuberculosis Research Group, on TLR2 targeted powdered pulmonary vaccines for TB; and
  • Rohit Jain, Immune Imaging, on the role of macrophages in neutrophil transmigration post bacterial infections.

Professor Zinkernagel is also giving a public talk at the Garvan Institute at 4pm today, Wednesday 1st May.