Malcolm Starkey


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Immunotherapies for urinary tract infection 2. Microbiome and metabolome in Cystinuria


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Dr Starkey completed his PhD in Immunology and Microbiology at The University of Newcastle, Australia. He then undertook post-doctoral training at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, before returning to Australia as a National Health Medical Research Council (2014-17) and Australian Research Council (2018-20) fellow. He is now the Urinary Tract Immunology research group leader in the Department of Immunology and Pathology and the director of the Urology, Nephrology, Infection and Immunity (UNITY) network. His group studies the immune system in the urinary tract with a particular focus on urinary tract infection, kidney injury and urinary stone formation. The primary interest of his research group is how microbial challenges in early life predispose to chronic diseases with a particular focus on mucosal cytokines and type 2 immunity, including group 2 innate lymphoid cells.

Education/Academic qualification

Immunology and Microbiology, PhD, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 26 Mar 2014

External positions

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

1 Jul 2020 → …

Research area keywords

  • Immunity
  • immunology
  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Cytokines
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Renal diseases
  • Urinary Tract Disorders
  • kidney disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Immunotherapy
  • mucosal immunity
  • innate immunity
  • bacterial pathogenesis
  • Host pathogens interactions
  • Microbiome
  • metabolites


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