Aimee Hanson

    PhD Candidate (Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute)

    BSc Hons (Genetics)

    Bio and Research:

    Aimee was awarded her Bachelor of Science with a major in Genetics from the University of Queensland in 2013. The following year she commenced work as an honours student under the supervision of Professor Matthew Brown and Dr Tony Kenna, studying genetic modifiers of aminopeptidase expression in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Her strong interests in statistical genetics, bioinformatics, immunology and molecular biology lead her to enrol as a PhD candidate in the Brown lab in 2015. Her current work is driven by a number of research questions addressing the functional role of immune cells in the pathogenesis of AS. Aimee works as both a laboratory and computational scientist. Her involvement has lead to the implementation of an immunosequencing approach to study T-cell specificity in AS patients, and statistical techniques to investigate the patterns in the inheritance of lymphocyte receptors and their ligands in large cohorts of patients with immune-mediated diseases. She has presented her work widely at conferences locally and internationally and hopes her research will further the understanding of immune cell activity and interactions in patients with chronic immune-mediated diseases.

    Research Interests:

    Immunology, Statistical Genetics, Immune-mediated Diseases, Functional Genomics