The role of a novel protein, interferon epsilon, in reproductive tract immunity

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

I will deliver a world-first characterisation of a new protein, interferon epsilon discovered in our laboratory.
IFN epsilon is unique because it is expressed exclusively and constantly in the female reproductive tract
where we hypothesise it has a critical function in regulating immune responses. I will characterise the novel
properties of this protein, which we are the first to synthesise, and how to regulate its production, using our
proprietary reagents. Outcomes from this innovative research have the potential for discovering therapeutic
targets for reproductive tract infections, such as chlamydia, which cause major worldwide health and
socioeconomic problems and will put Australia at the forefront of this endeavour.
Effective start/end date4/01/1131/12/15


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$86,730.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$513,270.00
  • Monash University