Dr Samantha Dando

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Neuroimmunology and Infection Research Group Leader

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Dr Samantha Dando leads the Neuroimmunology and Infections Research Group at QUT. Our research aims to generate new knowledge of immune cells within the brain and eye during health and disease. Ultimately, our goal is to apply this knowledge to better understand normal neurological processes and identify immunotherapeutic targets for neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases.

Samantha completed her PhD in microbiology at QUT in 2012. Her PhD investigated intra-amniotic infections caused by the bacterial opportunistic pathogen, Ureaplasma parvum. In 2012, she took up a postdoctoral position at Griffith University where she studied the immunopathogenesis of Burkholderia pseudomallei and the mechanisms by which this bacterium can penetrate the central nervous system. In 2014, she relocated to Monash University, where her research focus shifted to neuroimmunology and ocular immunology. In 2018, she received an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship to undertake discovery research to characterise novel subsets of resident immune cells within sub-compartments of the brain and eye. Dr Dando returned to QUT in October 2018 as a Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology within the School of Biomedical Sciences and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, where she established the Neuroimmunology and Infections Research Group.

Lab website: https://research.qut.edu.au/ciic/projects/neuroimmunology-and-infection-research/

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