Dr Emma Hamilton-Williams
Dr. Hamilton-Williams holds a Career Development Fellowship from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Her career has focused on understanding how specific genetic defects associated with autoimmune disease disrupt immune tolerance leading to type 1 diabetes. Her work has been instrumental to our understanding of how defects in the interleukin-2 pathway are linked to type 1 diabetes. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, her laboratory now focuses on the role of the gut microbiota in type 1 diabetes as well as immunotherapeutic approaches aimed at restoring immune tolerance in type 1 diabetes. Her current research is using meta-proteomic techniques to probe the link between the gut microbiota and the host inflammation. She has now demonstrated a role for genetic control of immune development in shaping the gut environment and the microbiota in type 1 diabetes.