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Gabriela is a research fellow at the Department of Microbiology, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute. Her research interests are in how the immune system responds to viral infections and vaccinations; and what happens when the immune system doesn't function properly during infections (like HIV and COVID-19) and other chronic illnesses. The focus of her research is predominantly on the role of T-cells in fighting infections and generating vaccine responses. She is particularly interested in understanding how these cells are affected in people who are immunocompromised and those receiving immunosuppressive therapies. 

As part of her growing clinical and translational research program Gabriela collaborates with clinicians from Monash Health at the Departments of Infectious Diseases and Nephrology and at the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Alfred Hospital. She also collaborates with researchers at the Central Clinical Schools campus and the Burnet Instiute. The main focus of these collaboratorations has been to characterise COVID-19 vaccine immune responses in healthcare workers and immunocompromised people including renal transplant recipients, dialysis patients and other patient populations.

Gabriela is on the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology (ASI) council. She is passionate about promoting immunology to the public through science outreach and engagement programs in her role as the ASI Day of Immunology coordinator and social media manager. In 2019, she led the successful prize-winning campaign for the ‘Best International Day of Immunology Campaign’ awarded by the International Union of Immunological Societies. Gabriela is proud of all the Day of Immunology volunteer committee members who organise events. 

As a first generation Australian Dr Gabriela Khoury is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM fields and creating opportunities for all school students to learn science.

Monash teaching commitment

Gabriela enjoys teaching the next generation of immunologists. She is a teaching associate at the Department of Immunology and Pathology at Monash University and in 2021 is teaching-

  • IMM3051 - Principles of Applied Immunology
  • IMM3042 -Clinical immunopathology

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

External positions

VIIN Young Investigator Committee Member, Victorian Infection & Immunity Network (VIIN)

24 Mar 2022 → …

Social media team member, International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS)

1 Oct 2021 → …

ASI Council member - Day of Immunology Coordinator, Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology


ASI Council member - Social Media Manager, Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology


Research area keywords

  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Human Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Viral immunity
  • covid-19
  • SARS-CoV2
  • HIV infection
  • HIV Cure
  • T-cell
  • immunocompromised hosts
  • Cancer Immunology
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Splenectomy


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