Principal Advisor: Dr Snehlata Kumari

Email: s.kumari@uq.edu.au

Research group: Kumari Group - Immuno-modulatory signalling

Organisational unit: UQ Diamantina Institute

The skin forms immunological, mechanical and structural barrier to protect the organisms from external challenges. Active communication between soluble factors and cells in skin, such as epithelia, stromal and immune cells are crucial to maintain skin homeostasis. Recent studies have highlighted consequences of perturbed communication in the development of inflammatory skin diseases. This project aims to understand and identify immuno-modulatory factors and mechanisms regulating skin inflammation to help develop new therapeutic strategies for inflammatory skin diseases. The project provides excellent opportunity to PhD candidates to learn and engage in techniques in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Genetics including CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genetic engineering, flow cytometry, microscopy and in vivo models.