Dr Tonia Woodberry



Tonia Woodberry has undertaken more than 10 years of postodctoral training with a focus on cellular immunology.  Prior to joining ANU she was a senior research officer at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin and a visiting scientist at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane.  Her international research experience includes an Endeavour Fellowship comprising 5 months at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) Nantes in France and 2 years at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA.  Dr Woodberry has supervised 2 PhD students and 2 Honours students to completion. 


Research interests



  • Woodberry T, Loughland JR, Minigo G, Burel JG, Amante FH, Piera KA, McNeil Y, Yeo TW, Good MF, Doolan DL, Engwerda CR, McCarthy JS, Anstey NM.  Early Immune Regulatory Changes in a Primary Controlled Human Plasmodium vivax Infection: CD1c+ Myeloid Dendritic Cell Maturation Arrest, Induction of the Kynurenine Pathway, and Regulatory T Cell Activation. Infection and Immunity 2017, 85:6.

  • Kho S, Marfurt J, Handayuni I, Pava Z, Noviyanti R, Kusuma A, Piera KA, Burdam FH, Kenangalem E, Lampah DA, Engwerda CR, Poespoprodjo JRPrice RN, Anstey NM, Minigo G, Woodberry T. Characterisation of blood dendritic and regulatory T cells in asymptomatic adults with submicroscopic Plasmodium falciparum or Plasmodium vivax infection.  Malaria Journal 2016,15:328.

  • Loughland JR, Minigo G, Burel J, Tipping PE, Piera KA,Amante FH, Engwerda CR, Good MF, Doolan DL, Anstey NM, McCarthy JS, Woodberry T.Profoundly reduced CD1c+ myeloid dendritic cell HLA-DR and CD86 expression and increased TNF production in experimental human blood-stage malaria infection. Infection and Immunity 2016, 84 (5): 1403-12.

  • Kho S, Marfurt J, Noviyanti R, Kusuma A, Piera KA, Burdam FH, Kenangalem E, Lampah DA, Engwerda CR, Poespoprodjo JRPrice RN, Anstey NM, Minigo G, Woodberry T. Preserved dendritic cell HLA-DR expression and reduced regulatory T cell activation in asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax infection.  Infection and Immunity 2015, 83 (8): 3224-32.

  • Darcy CJ, Minigo G, Piera KA, Davis JS, McNeil YR, Chen Y, Volkheimer AD, Weinberg JB, Anstey NM, Woodberry T.Neutrophils with myeloid derived suppressor function deplete arginine and constrain T cell function in septic shock patients.Critical Care 2014, 18(4):R163.

  • Darcy CJ, Woodberry T, Davis JS, Piera KA, McNeil YR, Chen Y, Yeo TW, Weinberg JB, Anstey NM.Increased plasma arginase activity in human sepsis: association with increased circulating neutrophils.. 2014 , 52 (4): 573-81

  • Pinzon-Charry A, Woodberry T, Kienzle V, McPhun V, Minigo G, Lampah DA, Kenangalem E, Engwerda C, Lopez AJ, Anstey NM, Good MF.Apoptosis and Dysfunction of Blood Dendritic Cells in Patients with falciparum and vivax Malaria.The Journal of Experimental Medicine 2013, 210 (8); 1635-46.

  • Woodberry T, Minigo G, Piera KA, Amante FH, Pinzon-Charry A, Good MF, J. Alejandro Lopez, Engwerda CR, McCarthy JS, Anstey NM.  Low Level Plasmodium falciparum Blood-Stage Infection Causes Dendritic Cell Apoptosis and Dysfunction in Healthy Volunteers. The Journal of Infectious Diseases 2012, 206(3); 333-40.

  • Darcy CJ, Davis JS, Woodberry T, McNeil YR, Stephens DP, Yeo TW, Anstey NM. An Observational Cohort Study of the Kynurenine to Tryptophan Ratio in Sepsis: Association with Impaired Immune and Microvascular Function  2011;6(6):e21185

  • Salwati E*, Minigo, G*, Woodberry T*, Piera K. A, de Silva H. D, Kenangalem E, Tjitra E, Coppel R. L, Price R. N, Anstey N. M, Plebanski M.Differential cellular recognition of antigens during acute P. falciparum and P. vivax malaria.The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2011 203(8): 1192-1199.

    11.Minigo G*, Woodberry T*, Piera KA, Salwati E, Tjitra E, Kenangalem E,  Price RN, Engwerda CR Anstey NM, Plebanski M.  Parasite-dependent expansion of TNF receptor II-positive regulatory T cells with enhanced suppressive activity in adults with severe malaria. PLoS Pathogens 2009, 5(4) e1000402 *equal first authors.

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