Professor Nicole La Gruta
Nicole La Gruta obtained her undergraduate degree at Monash University and also completed her PhD at Monash on the initiating events in T cell mediated organ-specific autoimmunity. After completing her PhD training she moved to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tn, for a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr Dario Vignali investigating the immediate downstream consequences of TCR ligation. She returned to Melbourne in 2002 to assist in the establishment of Prof Peter Doherty’s laboratory at the University of Melbourne, and initiated her studies into the drivers of T cell responses. In 2008, Prof La Gruta started an independent research program at the University of Melbourne. In 2016 she was recruited to the Infection and Immunity Program at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University where she continues to study the key determinants and hallmarks of effective T cell responses, specifically in the fields of the ageing immune system, anti-viral immunity and autoimmunity.