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Dr Samantha Dando
Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology
Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Biomedical Sciences - CDA
Discipline *
Immunology, Neurosciences, Medical Microbiology
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australian Society for Microbiology (MASM)

Australasian Society for Immunology

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

International Society of Neuroimmunology

Neuroimmunology Australia

International Organization for Mycoplasmology



Microglia, Central nervous system, Microbiology, Neurotropic pathogens, Immune privilege, Neuroimmunology, Ocular Immunology, Meninges, Brain, Retina

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


Dr Samantha Dando leads the Neuroimmunology and Infections Research Group at QUT. The research group aims to understand the highly specialised immunological niches within the brain and eye, and determine how infection and immunity within these niches contributes to neurological and ocular diseases. Furthermore, the team aims to understand how pathogens invade the CNS and persist as latent (chronic) infections.

Samantha completed her PhD in microbiology at QUT in 2012. Her PhD investigated intra-amniotic infections caused by the bacterial opportunistic pathogen, Ureaplasma parvum. In 2012, she took up a postdoctoral position at Griffith University where she studied the immunopathogenesis of Burkholderia pseudomallei and the mechanisms by which this bacterium can penetrate the central nervous system. In 2014, she relocated to Monash University, where her research focus shifted to neuroimmunology and ocular immunology. In 2018, she received an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship to undertake discovery research to characterise novel subsets of resident immune cells within sub-compartments of the brain and eye. Dr Dando returned to QUT in October 2018 as a Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology within the School of Biomedical Sciences and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, where she established the Neuroimmunology and Infections Research Group.

This information has been contributed by Dr Samantha Dando.


I contribute to undergraduate teaching within the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (LS40) and Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (LS47) courses:

  • LQB362: Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases
  • LQB494: Pathogen Biology and Pathogenesis
  • LQB562: Advanced Microbial Diagnostics


This information has been contributed by Dr Samantha Dando.


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