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Professor Nicole La Gruta is head of the T cell development and function laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University. She completed postdoctoral studies at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, before returning to Melbourne in 2002 as part of Prof Peter Doherty’s laboratory at the University of Melbourne. Nicole was appointed at Monash University in 2016 where she undertakes a comprehensive program of research to elucidate the key determinants of robust T cell immunity in the context of virus infection and autoimmune disease. She also has a keen interest in understanding the molecular basis of T cell dysfunction in the elderly. It is hoped that a better understanding of the drivers of optimal and dysfunctional T cell responses will inform the targeted design and application of T cell-based vaccines and therapeutics.

Research interests

My laboratory investigates the determinants of effective T cell responses, T cell ageing, and T cell mediated autoimmunity

External positions

Affiliate member, The University of Melbourne

2016 → …


  • T cells
  • Ageing
  • T cell receptors
  • immunodominance hierarchy

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Projects 2012 2021

Research Output 1998 2019

CD4 + T help promotes influenza virus-specific CD8 + T cell memory by limiting metabolic dysfunction

Cullen, J. G., McQuilten, H. A., Quinn, K. M., Olshansky, M., Russ, B. E., Morey, A., Wei, S., Prier, J. E., La Gruta, N. L., Doherty, P. C. & Turner, S. J., 5 Mar 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 10, p. 4481-4488 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Most viral peptides displayed by class I MHC on infected cells are immunogenic

Croft, N. P., Smith, S. A., Pickering, J., Sidney, J., Peters, B., Faridi, P., Witney, M. J., Sebastian, P., Flesch, I. E. A., Heading, S. L., Sette, A., La Gruta, N. L., Purcell, A. W. & Tscharke, D. C., 19 Feb 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 8, p. 3112-3117 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Age-Related Decline in Primary CD8+ T Cell Responses Is Associated with the Development of Senescence in Virtual Memory CD8+ T Cells

Quinn, K. M., Fox, A., Harland, K. L., Russ, B. E., Li, J., Nguyen, T. H. O., Loh, L., Olshanksy, M., Naeem, H., Tsyganov, K., Wiede, F., Webster, R., Blyth, C., Sng, X. Y. X., Tiganis, T., Powell, D., Doherty, P. C., Turner, S. J., Kedzierska, K. & La Gruta, N. L., 19 Jun 2018, In : Cell Reports. 23, 12, p. 3512-3524 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Clonally diverse CD38+HLA-DR+CD8+ T cells persist during fatal H7N9 disease

Wang, Z., Zhu, L., Nguyen, T. H. O., Wan, Y., Sant, S., Quiñones-Parra, S. M., Crawford, J. C., Eltahla, A. A., Rizzetto, S., Bull, R. A., Qiu, C., Koutsakos, M., Clemens, E. B., Loh, L., Chen, T., Liu, L., Cao, P., Ren, Y., Kedzierski, L., Kotsimbos, T. & 10 othersMcCaw, J. M., La Gruta, N. L., Turner, S. J., Cheng, A. C., Luciani, F., Zhang, X., Doherty, P. C., Thomas, P. G., Xu, J. & Kedzierska, K., 26 Feb 2018, In : Nature Communications. 9, 1, 12 p., 824.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Understanding the drivers of MHC restriction of T cell receptors

La Gruta, N. L., Gras, S., Daley, S. R., Thomas, P. G. & Rossjohn, J., Jul 2018, In : Nature Reviews Immunology. 18, p. 467-478 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review