Immunology is the study of the immune system, which controls infections and provides protection against pathogens.
Problems with the immune system can be linked to serious health conditions, including autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergies.
Scientists at SVI are investigating how the immune system works and how it might be manipulated to treat disease, with a particular focus on type 1 diabetes.
- RNA & T Cell Biology
- Islet Biology
- Structural Immunobiology
- Human Immunology
We aim to reveal the way immune cells – with particular emphasis on ‘natural killer’ cells – communicate with their environment. We wish to harness this information to improve diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as leukaemia, HTLV1 infection, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis.Lab head: Dr Julian Vivian
The Human Immunology Laboratory has two related goals: 1) to determine how and why the immune system turns against insulin-producing cells, leading to type 1 diabetes, and 2) to develop ways to measure and prevent the disease-causing immune response.Lab head: Associate Professor Stuart Mannering