Dr Suresh Mahalingam
University of Wollongong
Suresh is an academic viral immunologist with research interests directed towards the virus-host relationship and the factors which influence the outcome of a viral infection. Suresh has made several seminal contributions to the understanding of how viruses interact with the infected host to promote disease. He has helped solve the mystery of how some viruses have their growth markedly enhanced after infection in combination with antibody. He was also one of the first to demonstrate an important role of chemotactic proteins (chemokines) in antiviral defence. He has also investigated the mechanisms of how mosquito borne viruses such as Ross River virus can trigger arthritis. Suresh is also actively researching the role of a newly identified respiratory virus, human metapneumovirus, in the development and exacerbation of asthma.
In 2005 he was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Canberra.