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Professor Louise Hafner

Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences

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Name
Professor Louise Hafner
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
Microbiology, Clinical Sciences, Medical Microbiology
Phone
+61 7 3138 1305
Fax
+61 7 3138 1534
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (La Trobe University), BSc(Hons) (La Trobe University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology (FASM)

Keywords

Chlamydia trachomatis, Female Reproductive Tract, Mucosal Immunity, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Vaccines

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research theme: Health

Research discipline: Biomedical Sciences

Research program: Infectious Diseases

Research areas Expression Library Immunisation for candidate chlamydial vaccine antigens. Evaluating Novel Vaccine Candidates to prevent sexually transmitted chlamydial infections in women. Identifying effectve adjuvants and delivery systems for novel chlamydial antigens in the guinea pig: C.caviae model of chlamydial genital infection. Protective sequences of chlamydia muridarum were identified as potential vaccine candidates by screening a genomic DNA expression library. (McNeilly et al., 2007) The chlamydial genome was screened for proteins containing epitopes predicted to bind multiple HLA class II molecules. A selection of target proteins were cloned, expressed, and purified (Barker et al., 2008).

Areas of expertise:

  • Chlamydia, Streptococcus
  • Mucosal Immunology
  • Vaccines
  • Sexually Transmitted Infectious Diseases,
  • Female Reproductive tract

Currents grants:

  • 2008-2009: Chief Investigator Development of a vaccine for genital chlamydial infections (with Prof. P.Timms and Prof. K. Beagley) National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Development Grant $ 200,273
  • 2009-2011: Chief Investigator Development of a vaccine for genital chlamydial infections (with Prof. P.Timms, Prof. K. Beagley and Prof. K. Ramsey) National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant $ 309,250
  • 2011-2012    Chief Investigator  “A vaccine to reduce rheumatic heart disease and other streptococcal diseases” awarded to Dr David McMillan (CIA) also with Associate Professor Natkuman Ketheesan (CIC) National Heart Foundation (NHF) Grant-in-Aid for Research $127,456
  • 2012-2014    Chief Investigator  - “A polyvalent group A streptococcal vaccine” (awarded to Dr David McMillan (CIA) also with Associate Professor Natkuman Ketheesan (CIB) Dr Martina Sanderson-Smith, (CID), Prof Kadaba Sriprakash. NHMRC Project Grant $585,348

Selected research projects:

  • Expression Library Immunisation for candidate chlamydial vaccine antigens
  • Evaluating Novel Vaccine Candidates to prevent sexually transmitted chlamydial infections in women
  • Adjuvants for chlamydial vaccines
  • Developing vaccines against infections of humans caused by Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS).

This information has been contributed by Professor Louise Hafner.

Teaching

Teaching discipline: Cell & Molecular Biosciences

Teaching areas:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Mucosal Immunology
  • Medical Mycology
This information has been contributed by Professor Louise Hafner.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
A polyvalent group A streptococcal vaccine
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1031287
Start year
2012
Keywords
Title
A Vaccine to Reduce Rheumatic Heart Disease and Other Streptococcal Diseases
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
G 10B 5236
Start year
2011
Keywords
Title
Development of a vaccine for genital chlamydia infections: protection against transmission and disease pathology
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
553026
Start year
2009
Keywords
Vaccine Development; Sexually Transmitted Infections; Chlamydia; Immunisation; Mucosal Immunity
Title
Development of a Vaccine for Genital Chlamydial Infection
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
497264
Start year
2008
Keywords
Vaccine Development; Reproductive Health; Chlamydia; Pelvic Inflammatory Disease; Mucosal Immunity
Title
Production and in Vivo Delivery of Bacteriphage Lytic Enzymes by Lactobacillus Fermentum for Disease Prevention
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
290526
Start year
2004
Keywords
Infectious Disease

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