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Australian Research Council – Future Fellow
Monash University – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Senior Research Fellow
Menzies Institute for Medical Research
University of Tasmania
Andy earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2002 with concentrations in Math and Chemistry. After a 6-month internship as a software engineer, he realized didn’t want to spend the rest of his life in a cubicle. He then got lucky and landed a job as a technician in an immunology lab at the Mayo Clinic and then moved with the lab to The Johns Hopkins University. Although happy working in a lab, he felt the need to occasionally get some dirt under his finger nails and shifted his career path towards wildlife immunology and disease ecology. He completed a PhD in 2012 Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behaviour where his focus was understanding how ecology can affect the immune system in spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta). In 2013 he moved to Adelaide to join his wife Dr Emily Flies where she was pursuing her PhD in disease ecology. Andy worked for a year developing viral vectors before acquiring a 2-year postdoc fellowship to study the role of immune checkpoint molecules Tasmanian devils. In 2015 he moved to the Tasmanian to continue the devil immunology research. His next year of research was funded through an Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Research Connections grant with Nexvet and the University of Tasmania. In 2017 he was awarded a 3-year Australian Research Council – Discovery Early Career Researcher Fellowship to improve our understanding of marsupial immunology and develop a vaccine for the Tasmanian devil facial tumor diseases.
Read about Andrew’s research at WildImmunity.com
See Andrew’s publications at WildImmunity.com/publications