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Dr Ursula Norman is an early-mid career Research Fellow within the Leukocyte Trafficking Group headed by Professor Michael Hickey at the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases (CID) within the Dept. of Medicine at Monash University. She obtained her PhD in the Biochemistry Department from Monash University (2003) with Professor Ian Smith, studying the function of two metalloendopeptidases in vivo. After her PhD she switched her research focus to understanding leukocyte trafficking behaviours during inflammatory responses. She was awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004 - 2008) during which she trained under Professor Paul Kubes (University of Calgary, Canada) and Professor Michael Hickey. In these laboratories, she gained extensive experience in a range of intravital microscopy techniques to image leukocyte trafficking in multiple organs (muscle, skin, brain and kidney), making important contributions to the understanding of inflammatory lymphocyte trafficking and bacterial (spirochete) invasion. From 2009-2017, Dr Norman took a career break due to family commitments. She returned to research at Monash University in 2017 via the award of competitive Career Development Fellowship from the SCS at Monash Health. She is currently the lead investigator driving research into the biology of regulatory T cell function in the skin within the Leukocyte Trafficking Group at the CID. 

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

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

1 Feb 199923 Sep 2003

Award Date: 23 Sep 2003

Research area keywords

  • Regulatory T cells
  • Leukocyte trafficking
  • skin inflammation
  • Integrin receptors
  • Leukocyte adhesion


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