Dr Ben Croker
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Ben examines how immune cells communicate using hormone-like molecules called cytokines. The binding of a cytokine to a target cell activates or turns on the cell, directing the cell to divide, die, move or mature to become a cell that can destroy invading microorganisms.
His future research will be aimed at identifying human populations at risk and also to identify similar genes that stabilize the host during infection.