Personal profile


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.

Related Links: 

  • 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 2018

Research Output 2003 2017

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 others Clarke, 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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Metabolite-sensing G protein-coupled receptors-facilitators of diet-related immune regulation

Tan, J. K., McKenzie, C., Mariño, E., Macia, L. & Mackay, C. R. 26 Apr 2017 In : Annual Review of Immunology. 35, p. 371-402 32 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview Article

Evidence that asthma is a developmental origin disease influenced by maternal diet and bacterial metabolites

Thorburn, A. N. , McKenzie, C. , Shen, S. S. , Stanley, D. , Macia, L. , Mason, L. J. , Roberts, L. K. , Wong, C. H. Y. , Shim, R. , Robert, R. , Chevalier, N. , Tan, J. K. , Marino, E. M. , Moore, R. J. , Wong, L. H. H. , McConville, M. J. , Tull, D. L. , Wood, L. , Murphy, V. , Mattes, J. & 3 others Gibson, P. G., Wood, L. G. & Mackay, C. R. 2015 In : Nature Communications. 6, 7320, p. 1 - 13 13 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Metabolite-sensing receptors GPR43 and GPR109A facilitate dietary fibre-induced gut homeostasis through regulation of the inflammasome

Macia, L. , Tan, J. , Vieira, A. T. , Leach, K. , Stanley, D. , Luong, S. , Maruya, M. , McKenzie, C. , Hijikata, A. , Wong, C. H. Y. , Binge, L. C. , Thorburn, A. N. , Chevalier, N. , Ang Kim Lian, C. , Marino Moreno, E. , Robert, R. , Offermanns, S. , Teixeira, M. M. , Moore, R. J. , Flavell, R. A. & 2 others Fagarasan, S. & Mackay, C. R. 2015 In : Nature Communications. 6, (Art. No: 7734), p. 1 - 15 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access


Type 1 Millenium Award

Eliana Marino Moreno (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2011 2017

1st International Congress of Micro-Immunotherapy ICoMI

Marino Moreno, E. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
18 May 201720 May 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

Microbiome in Sexual, Maternal and Child Health

Marino Moreno, E. (Speaker)
29 Nov 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

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

Marino Moreno, E. (Invited speaker)
1 Mar 20172 Mar 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

Sohns Hearts&Minds event

Marino Moreno, E. (Contributor)
17 Nov 2017

Activity: Public event

Future Research Leaders Program

Marino Moreno, E. (Fellow)
Mar 2017Dec 2017

Activity: Committees and working groups

Press / Media

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

Unravelling the mystery of diet and leaky gut

Eliana Marino Moreno


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment