Researcher biography

Larisa's interest in innate immunity started during her honours training with Prof. Matt Sweet at the IMB, looking at how TLR4 signalling is regulated by HDACs. After gaining more experience while working as a research assistant for Prof. Sweet, she moved to Germany to the University of Bonn for her PhD. At the Univeristy of Bonn Larisa investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of High Density Lipoprotein with Prof. Eicke Latz. Larisa then moved to Cambridge, UK as an EMBO postdoctoral fellow to work with Dr. Leo James at the Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Biology. In Dr James' lab Larisa focused on how viruses are sensed by the innate immune system to trigger inflammation. In particular Larisa investigated how antibodies change the way viruses trigger inflammation. While in Cambridge, Larisa was awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship to return to Australia. Larisa returned to the IMB in September 2019 to work with Prof. Kate Schroder. Larisa is an IMB Fellow and is continuing to investigate how viruses trigger inflammation.