Dr Si Ming Man, a Group Leader from John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), has received a top honour for his life-saving work on infectious diseases by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
His research investigates how the immune system works and specifically how immune cells recognise receptors, what features of the microbe they respond to and how to activate them.
Dr Man is exploring the role of a family of killer proteins produced in response to activation of pattern-recognition receptors, in killing pathogens.
“Harnessing the power of these killer proteins from our own immune system could reveal new ways to fight infectious diseases, which is of paramount importance especially in the face of rising resistance to antibiotics,” said Dr Man.
The fellowship will allow Dr Man and his team to continue their pioneering research on finding new ways to fight diseases.
“It is an incredible honour to have received the highest ranked R.D Wright Career Development Fellowship Biomedical Level 1. I am very proud to be considered alongside some of the best scientific minds in the country,” said Dr Man.
“I hope to continue making important scientific discoveries that will lead to better health for the Australian community.
“I thank The John Curtin School of Medical Research and ANU for their support.”
Dr Man is also being recognised by the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) in May.
The Group Leader topped the list of early career investigators and will collect the 2019 AAI Pfizer-Showell Travel Award in San Diego.