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Dr. Eliana Marino is a Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Immunology and Diabetes Laboratory at the School of Biomedical Sciences, Monash University. She and her team are trying to identify potential new mechanisms focusing on how diet, the microbiota and microbial SCFA may affects the immune system, gut homoeostasis and therefore improving the burden of people with diabetes and related complications.

Dr. Eliana Marino completed her BSc studies with first class in Venezuela (1998) and began her research career working at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), where she published 2 first author papers. Then in Australia she was awarded with the NHMRC -Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Research Scholarship and received her PhD from New South Wales University in 2010. She completed 5 years of postdoctoral research between The Garvan Institute for Medical Research in Sydney and working with Prof. Charles Mackay at Monash University in Melbourne. After a brief period as a research officer she was awarded a JDRF Early Career Fellowship in 2013 and in 2014 awarded the prestigious Type 1 Millennium Award from Diabetes Australia - the largest allocated funding in Victoria.

Dr. Marinos career has been characterized by several important research advances in the field of immunology, inflammation and autoimmunity, specifically in B cell migr.

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  • Marino's lab website

Research interests

Immunology, inflammation and autoimmunity, specifically in B cell migration, cross-presentation of auto-antigens and Treg cells.

Dr. Marino's current research is at the cutting edge of the field and her lab is one of the leading groups worldwide studying the role of diet and microbiota on the course of autoimmune diabetes and related complications such as kidney disease and obesity.

External positions

Adjunct Fellow, Charles Perkins Centre

14 Nov 201421 Dec 2021


  • Diabetes
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Immunology
  • Inflammation
  • Microbiome
  • mucosal Immunology
  • Autoimmunity
  • Type 1 diabetes

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2003 2019

Decreased maternal serum acetate and impaired fetal thymic and regulatory T cell development in preeclampsia

Hu, M., Eviston, D., Hsu, P., Mariño, E., Chidgey, A., Santner-Nanan, B., Wong, K., Richards, J. L., Yap, Y. A., Collier, F., Quinton, A., Joung, S., Peek, M., Benzie, R., Macia, L., Wilson, D., Ponsonby, A. L., Tang, M. L. K., O’Hely, M., Daly, N. L. & 5 othersMackay, C. R., Dahlstrom, J. E., The BIS Investigator Group, Vuillermin, P. & Nanan, R., 10 Jul 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 13 p., 3031.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Dietary Short Chain Fatty Acids: How the gut microbiota fight against autoimmune and inflammatory diseases

McLeod, K. H., Richards, J. L., Yap, Y. A. & Marino, E., 2019, Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Arthritis and Related Inflammatory Diseases. Watson, R. & Preedy, V. (eds.). 2nd ed. Academic Press, p. 139-159 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Gut microbial metabolite butyrate protects against proteinuric kidney disease through epigenetic- and GPR109a-mediated mechanisms

Felizardo, R. J. F., de Almeida, D. C., Pereira, R. L., Watanabe, I. K. M., Doimo, N. T. S., Ribeiro, W. R., Cenedeze, M. A., Hiyane, M. I., Amano, M. T., Braga, T. T., Ferreira, C. M., Parmigiani, R. B., Andrade-Oliveira, V., Volpini, R. A., Vinolo, M. A. R., Mariño, E., Robert, R., Mackay, C. R. & Camara, N. O. S., Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : FASEB Journal. 33, 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

An insight into the intestinal web of mucosal immunity, microbiota, and diet in inflammation

Yap, Y. A. & Mariño, E., 20 Nov 2018, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 9, 9 p., 02617.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Gut microbial metabolites limit the frequency of autoimmune T cells and protect against type 1 diabetes

Marino, E., Richards, J. L., McLeod, K. H., Stanley, D., Yap, Y. A., Knight, J., McKenzie, C., Kranich, J., Oliveira, A. C., Rossello, F. J., Krishnamurthy, B., Nefzger, C. M., Macia, L., Thorburn, A., Baxter, A. G., Morahan, G., Wong, L. H., Polo, J. M., Moore, R. J., Lockett, T. J. & 4 othersClarke, J. M., Topping, D. L., Harrison, L. C. & Mackay, C. R., May 2017, In : Nature Immunology. 18, 5, p. 552-562 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Type 1 Millenium Award

Eliana Marino Moreno (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2011 2017

3rd Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Congress (Asia)

Eliana Marino Moreno (Invited speaker)
1 Mar 20172 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

1st International Congress of Micro-Immunotherapy ICoMI

Eliana Marino Moreno (Keynote/plenary speaker)
18 May 201720 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

the Bridge Program (Event)

Eliana Marino Moreno (Member)
8 Jun 201727 Nov 2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of industry collaboration/ network

Sohns Hearts&Minds event

Eliana Marino Moreno (Contributor)
17 Nov 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Microbiome in Sexual, Maternal and Child Health

Eliana Marino Moreno (Speaker)
29 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Change it for Good

Eliana Marino Moreno


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

500 million reasons to Change It. For Good.

Eliana Marino Moreno


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Australian breakthrough for T1 diabetes

Eliana Marino Moreno


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Philanthropy's bid to ensure medical research funds safe and Sohn

Eliana Marino Moreno


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Starchy diet provides diabetes protection

Eliana Marino Moreno


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment