Meet The Team //

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Dr. Sarah Eickhoff | Post-doctoral Researcher

 

Research Focus: CD8 T cells, Cancer Immunotherapy

 

Sarah received her PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Institute of Experimental Immunology at the University Hospital of Bonn (Germany). During her PhD studies she focused on the importance of cell-cell interactions for the development of a functional and optimal T cell response.Thereby, she outlined the complex choreography of cellular interactions underlying effective cell mediated anti-viral T cell responses with mouse models, multi-color flow cytometry and cutting-edge microscopy including 2-photon imaging of live animals. Mastering these technologies allowed her to contribute to many interesting collaborations where she got insights into cancer biology and the importance of immune cell interactions for cancer immunotherapy. Sarah joined the Bald lab to study the immune cell interactions not only in infection but also in cancer.

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Dr. Dillon Corvino | Post-doctoral Researcher 

 

​Research Focus: NK cells, Cancer Immunotherapy, Single-cell Sequencing

 

Dillon Corvino, Ph.D is an early career post-doctoral researcher. He obtained his Ph.D in late 2019, under the supervision of Prof. Rajiv Khanna and A/Prof. Corey Smith at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia. His Ph.D focused on adoptive T-cell immunotherapy for EBV-associated malignancies. During his studies he explored various wet-lab and dry-lab technologies. Since graduating, Dr. Corvino has started his first post-doctoral position with the Bald lab. He is currently investigating NK cell biology and trying to understand the fundamental biology underpinning NK cell plasticity. To address these research questions, Dr. Corvino is using a multi-disciplinary approach, exploiting advanced single cell sequencing technologies, bioinformatics analysis, mathematical modelling, and murine models

 
 
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Rebecca Baldauf | Research Assistant

 

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After successfully completing her apprenticeship as a biology lab technician at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Science, Rebecca moved to the Institute of Experimental Immunology at the University Hospital of Bonn (Germany). While working at IEI she focused on learning different surgical procedure such as BDL (bile duct ligation) and partial Hepatectomy. In addition to conducting experiments, Rebecca also managed orders as well as finances. She joined the Bald lab to support the team as a lab manager

 
 
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Nazhifah Salim | PhD Student  

 

​Research Focus: CD4 T cells subsets, Cancer Immunotherapy

 

Nazhifah received her Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI), Brisbane, Australia. While at UQDI, her work focused on outlining the upregulation of CD137 expression on skin T cells from the K14E7 mouse model of precancerous skin. In 2018, Nazhifah moved to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Institute (QIMR) Australia as a scientific technical officer. Through her scientific experience, Nazhifah honed various histology, flow cytometry and mouse handling procedures. She joined the Bald Lab in 2019 as a PhD student to explore the underlying mechanisms of the co-stimulatory molecule CD226 in CD4 T cells. 

 
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Ananthi Kumar | PhD Student  

 

​Research Focus: NK Cells, Cancer Immunotherapy

 

Ananthi received her M Sc in Biochemistry from Ludwig Maximilian’s University, Munich. She chose to do her master thesis in the field of Immunology at the Institute for Molecular Immunology in Klinikum rechts der Isar, TUM focusing on resident memory like CD8+ T cells and their relevance during chronic hepatopathy. Through her thesis she tried to identify the role of cAMP signaling in the loss of effector functions of the cells in question in mouse models with persistent liver infection. She used techniques such as flow cytometry, cell cytotoxic assays and stimulation assays. Her thesis fueled her interest in immunotherapies and paved her way to join the Bald lab. Her research focus is on NK cell plasticity and its application in cancer immunotherapies.