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Biography

Dr Emily Edwards completed her Bachelor of Applied Biomedical Sciences (Honours) at Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC) in 2007, during which time she undertook a trainee Biomedical Scientist placement at the University Hospital of Wales’ Biochemistry and Immunology Department (2005-2006). She then undertook her PhD in Prof. Linda Wooldridge’s laboratory at Cardiff University where she investigated the impact of peptide modification on the priming of antigen-specific CD8 T cell responses. Emily moved to Australia in 2011 to join Prof. Rajiv Khanna’s laboratory at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane where she investigated the characteristics of cytomegalovirus-specific CD4 T cells. In 2014, Emily moved to Sydney to join Prof. Stuart Tangye’s laboratory at the Garvan Institute. Here Emily investigated how genetic mutations cause inefficient control of Epstein-Barr Virus in Primary Immunodeficient patients primarily focusing on the CD8 T cell response. Emily was part of an international collaboration responsible for the first description of CD70-deficiency, a study that was highlighted as an Editors Choice in Science Immunology. Emily’s research over the past four years has seen her expand her work to investigate NK cells, CD4 T cells and B cells in the context of primary immunodeficiencies. In early 2018, Emily joined the laboratory of Assoc. Prof. Menno van Zelm. Emily’s work currently focuses on investigating the impact of genetic mutations on B cell differentiation and function in patients with primary immunodeficiencies.

Emily is a member of the JMF Centre for Primary Immunodeficiencies Melbourne and co-ordinates the centre's social media platforms including facebook and the centre's website (www.jmf-melbourne.org.au).

Dr Edwards has also played an active role as social media and marketing coordinator for non-for profit organisations. In 2019, Emily is part of the organising committee for the Day of Immunology, as well as part of a team coordinating the Monash University Immunology symposium (ImmuMon2019) and the Department of Immunology Early and Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) Seminar Series at Monash.

External positions

Vice President, AusPIPS Inc.

2019 → …

Visiting Scientist, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Jan 2018Jan 2019

Travel Grant Panel Examiner, British Society of Immunology

2018 → …

ESID Juniors Country Representative for Australia

2018 → …

Research Officer, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Feb 2014Jan 2018

Research Officer, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Jul 2011Dec 2013

Research area keywords

  • B cells
  • T cells
  • primary immunodeficiencies
  • Viral immunity

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Research Output

Diversity of XMEN Disease: Description of 2 Novel Variants and Analysis of the Lymphocyte Phenotype

Klinken, E. M., Gray, P. E., Pillay, B., Worley, L., Edwards, E. S. J., Payne, K., Bennetts, B., Hung, D., Wood, B. A., Chan, J. J., Marshall, G. M., Mitchell, R., Uzel, G., Ma, C. S., Tangye, S. G. & McLean-Tooke, A., Feb 2020, In : Journal of Clinical Immunology. 40, 2, p. 299-309 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Activating mutations in PIK3CD disrupt the differentiation and function of human and murine CD4 + T cells

Bier, J., Rao, G., Payne, K., Brigden, H., French, E., Pelham, S. J., Lau, A., Lenthall, H., Edwards, E. S. J., Smart, J. M., Cole, T. S., Choo, S., Joshi, A. Y., Abraham, R. S., O'Sullivan, M., Boztug, K., Meyts, I., Gray, P. E., Berglund, L. J., Hsu, P. & 8 others, Wong, M., Holland, S. M., Notarangelo, L. D., Uzel, G., Ma, C. S., Brink, R., Tangye, S. G. & Deenick, E. K., 1 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 144, 1, p. 236-253 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Activating PIK3CD mutations impair human cytotoxic lymphocyte differentiation and function and EBV immunity

Edwards, E. S. J., Bier, J., Cole, T. S., Wong, M., Hsu, P., Berglund, L. J., Boztug, K., Lau, A., Gostick, E., Price, D. A., O'Sullivan, M., Meyts, I., Choo, S., Gray, P., Holland, S. M., Deenick, E. K., Uzel, G. & Tangye, S. G., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 143, 1, p. 276-291.e6 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Predominantly Antibody-Deficient Patients With Non-infectious Complications Have Reduced Naive B, Treg, Th17, and Tfh17 Cells

Edwards, E. S. J., Bosco, J. J., Aui, P. M., Stirling, R. G., Cameron, P. U., Chatelier, J., Hore-Lacy, F., O'Hehir, R. E. & van Zelm, M. C., 15 Nov 2019, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 10, 15 p., 2593.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Peptide mimic for influenza vaccination using nonnatural combinatorial chemistry

Miles, J. J., Tan, M. P., Dolton, G., Edwards, E. S. J., Galloway, S. A. E., Laugel, B., Clement, M., Makinde, J., Ladell, K., Matthews, K. K., Watkins, T. S., Tungatt, K., Wong, Y., Lee, H. S., Clark, R. J., Pentier, J. M., Attaf, M., Lissina, A., Ager, A., Gallimore, A. & 7 others, Rizkallah, P. J., Gras, S., Rossjohn, J., Burrows, S. R., Cole, D. K., Price, D. A. & Sewell, A. K., 2 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Investigation. 128, 4, p. 1569-1580 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

9 Citations (Scopus)

Prizes

Australasian Society of Immunology Annual Meeting Bursary

Edwards, Emily (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

British Society of Immunology International Travel Award

Edwards, Emily (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

British Society of Immunology International Travel Award

Edwards, Emily (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ESID Best E-poster Prize

Edwards, Emily (Recipient), Oct 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

ESID funded Summer School Scholarship

Edwards, Emily (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 1 ​Hosting an academic or industry visitor

Mirjam van der Burg

Emily Edwards (Host)

7 Oct 201918 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor types​Hosting an academic or industry visitor