Dr Stephen Turner
University of Melbourne
Stephen researches is how our immune systems control viral infections. This control of virus infections is mediated by a subset of immune cells called “killer T cells”. Stephen’s research examines how only those killer T cells are selected from the diverse pool of cells. Furthermore, Stephen’s research examines how killer T cells acquire different functions enabling them to control virus infection, including their ability to become long-term memory cells.
Implications of Stephen’s research include helping improve current vaccine strategies, or developing new vaccine or immunotherapy strategies.