Prof D. Doolan

Denise DoolanBig

Queensland Institute of Medical Research, QLD

Professor Denise Doolan is a molecular immunologist who heads the Molecular Vaccinology Laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. She is also the Coordinator of the QIMR Biology Department, President of the Australian Society for Parasitology, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland (School of Medicine). She is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and was previously a Pfizer Australia Senior Research Fellow. Prof. Doolan graduated from the University of Queensland with B.Sc (Hons), completing a M.Phil at Griffith University and a PhD at QIMR and the University of Queensland before undertaking a National Academy of Sciences postdoctoral fellowship in the USA. She spent approximately 12 years in the USA before returning to QIMR in mid 2007. Her research investigates the molecular basis of immunity, with a focus on malaria and rational vaccine development. Her research program encompasses core themes of: (i) basic research on immune mechanisms and adjuvant activity; (ii) antigen and epitope discovery from genomic sequence data; and (iii) preclinical research and development of antigen and epitope based molecular vaccine technologies.  She has published over 100 research articles, is an inventor on a number of patents, and has been a consultant for a number of US-based biotechnology companies.