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Associate Professor Michelle Tate is an emerging leader in the fields of viral pathogenesis and immunology. After completing her PhD studies at the University of Melbourne in 2010, Michelle was recruited to the Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases within the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. A/Prof Tate leads the Viral Immunity and Immunopathology research group and is Deputy Centre Head.

A/Prof Tate’s research interests lie primarily in understanding the molecular mechanisms and pathways involved in the development of hyperinflammation and severe disease, particularly during influenza A virus infection. She has made a number of key contributions to understanding how the host immune system can be therapeutically modulated to limit the development of severe influenza disease. Michelle's research has been published in top virology, immunology and multidisciplinary journals such as PLoS PathogensImmunity, eLife, Journal of ImmunologyJournal of Virology and Scientific Reports.

In recognition of her achievements, A/Prof Tate has been awarded significant NHMRC grant funding, as well as NHMRC Early Career and Career Development Fellowships. She actively and successfully engages with commercial partners to translate her discoveries, with the vision to develop new safe and effective treatment strategies for pulmonary diseases.

A/Prof Tate has received numerous national and international awards, including AIPS Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2018), the Christina Fleischmann Memorial Award (International Cytokine and Interferon Society 2016), Victorian Infection and Immunity Network Career Development Award (2016) and a Commendation for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Health & Medical Research (2011). In addition, A/Prof Tate is a member of the Journal of Virology, Virology Journal and Pathogens editorial boards.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Microbiology and Immunology, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 17 Dec 2010

Research area keywords

  • Animal Models
  • Virology
  • influenza virus
  • innate immunity
  • inflammation
  • Inflammasomes
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions


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