Dr John Stambas, Head, AAHL CSIRO Deakin Collaborative (ACDC) Biosecurity Laboratory, Melbourne.
Research in our laboratory is primarily focused on understanding immune responses following virus infection and vaccination. The main scientific aim is to carefully dissect immune responses following infection and vaccination to determine relevant immune correlates of protection in order to drive innovative strategies for future vaccine development.
Dr Stambas completed his B.Sc (Hons) and Ph.D in the laboratory of Associate Professor Christina Cheers at the University of Melbourne where he trained as a cellular immunologist. He then moved to St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in 2002 to work for Laureate Professor Peter Doherty where he developed his skills in viral immunology and HIV vaccine development. Dr Stambas returned to Peter Doherty's Melbourne laboratory in 2004 and in 2008 was awarded a University of Melbourne C.R. Roper Fellowship that he relinquished in November 2009 to take up a Senior Lecturing position at the School of Medicine, Deakin University. He is currently the Head of the AAHL CSIRO Deakin Collaborative biosecurity laboratory and is the first joint appointment between the two institutions as part of a signed memorandum of understanding. Dr Stambas is a member of the American Association of Immunologists and Australasian Society for Immunology as well as an active member of the Immunology Group of Victoria committee. Dr Stambas has received funding from numerous sources including the NHMRC, ARC, Gates Foundation and Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research.