Associate Professor Di Yu wins major fellowship to design new immunotherapies

16 November 2017

Associate Professor Di Yu, Group Leader in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at JCSMR has received a $1.225M Fellowship from the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation and Bellberry to study how the immune system works and to design new immunotherapies. 

Associate Professor Yu will receive $245,000 each year over five years to research the role of T lymphocytes in the immune system that are also key targets of treatments for infections, cancer and autoimmunity. 

"I feel honoured and grateful to be awarded the very prestigious Bellberry - Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellowship" he said.

"With the strong financial support from this Fellowship and the ANU Futures Scheme, my team will address some of the most fundamental questions about the immune system and will design new therapies for infections and a range of diseases."

Acting ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Harding welcomed the announcement of Dr Yu's fellowship.

"On behalf of the University, I congratulate Di on this fantastic achievement," Professor Harding said.

"His team's work is a great example of the research being done at ANU, which seeks to solve some of the biggest problems facing the world."

The Senior Medical Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Yu is funded by the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation and Bellberry Limited.

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