Professor Miles Davenport is Program Head of the Infection Analytics Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW
Infection and Immunity
Although many acute infectious diseases are now effectively controlled by vaccination, we currently lack vaccines for many chronic infectious agents. These infections are of particular importance in the developing world, where hundreds of millions of people each year are affected by chronic infections such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. The Infection Analytics group aims to understand the basic dynamics and pathogenesis of these infections, how the immune system interacts with them, and ultimately how we can control them. To achieve this we apply computational and mathematical approaches to understanding and predicting the complex interactions between host and pathogen. These interactions range from the molecular level (how immune molecules such as the T cell receptor interact with viral molecules), through to the dynamics of infection within individual hosts, and finally to the level of the host and pathogen population. The group brings together medical biologists, bioinformaticians, physicists, mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists to tackle these fundamental questions. The laboratory has a wide range of collaborations with experimentalists working in different areas of infection and immunity.
Broad Research Areas:
Infectious Diseases, HIV-AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, immunology, Biostatistics, Virology
Thesis topics for current UNSW Medicine postgraduate research students
Modelling the dynamics of HIV latency
Modelling the dynamics of malaria
Other Postgraduate Research
A wide range of projects are available to eligible students with a strong background in quantitative disciplines (eg: physics / math / statistics / engineering / computer science / bioinformatics). No background in biology is required.
BSc (Med) MB BS (Syd) D.Phil (Oxon)
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
President, Australasian Society for Immunology 2009-10.,
Section Editor, Journal of Immunology.
Editorial Board, Journal of Virology
Specific Research Keywords:
Immunology and Infectious Disease, Virology, Parasitology, Vaccines, Mathematical Biology, Theoretical Biology
Affiliated Institutes and Centres