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Dr Denuja Karunakaran, Laboratory Head, Cardiometabolic Immunity.

Dr Karunakaran is a macrophage biologist with research interests in cardiometabolic diseases and therapeutics. She completed her PhD in platelet biology at Monash University, followed by the National Heart Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), an Endowed Cardiovascular Genetics Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada and an Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) Fellowship at The University of Queensland. Her research has resulted in seminal discoveries published in Circulation, Circulation Research, Blood, ATVB, Science Advances and Nature Metabolism. She’s the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize, 2019 American Society for Investigative Pathology Young Scientist Leadership Award and the AHA 2017 ATVB Early Career Investigator Award finalist. Funded by a 2022 NHMRC Ideas grant and Diabetes Australia, her research program currently focuses on inflammation, cell death (specifically necroptosis), the clearance of these dying cells (efferocytosis) and the relationship between the circadian clock and the above processes in the broader context of cardiometabolic diseases (including atherosclerosis, obesity and diabetes). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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