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Theme 1: Transcriptional control of DC development and function;
Theme 2: Innate immune cells intratumoral crosstalk


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Michael Chopin is leading an innovative research program that investigates the transcriptional programming of the sentinels of the immune system: the Dendritic Cells (DCs). He graduated from Max Planck Institute for Molecular biology and Bioengineering (Dresden-Germany), and then joined the laboratory of Prof. Stephen Nutt at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute as a post-doctoral fellow.  

Using state-of-the-arts genomics technologies, his postdoctoral studies have been essential to make new, impactful discoveries about cell fate decisions. These approaches include the generation of new conditional mouse mutagenesis models, genomic techniques, and novel cellular differentiation models for DCs; key innovations in the study of this fragile cell type.

In 2022, he established an independent research group at Monash University that is focusing on the molecular mechanisms underpinning DC differentiation and function.

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
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Immunology, PhD

Award Date: 20 Nov 2011

External positions

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow (B), Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)


Postdoctoral Fellow (A), Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)


PhD Candidate, Max Planck Institut fur molekulare Zellbiologie und Genetik (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics)


Research Associate, Mount Sinai Health System


Research Associate, Medical College of Georgia


Research Associate, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador)


Research area keywords

  • transcription factors
  • Dendritic Cell
  • Dendritic Cell Function
  • cancer
  • Immunity
  • Cytokine

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