Dr Erika Cretney, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

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01 September 2011

Unravelling the complexity of the immune system

Erika Cretney is fascinated by the human immune system. Her interest lies in ferreting out the function of genes, proteins and cell types in the immune system, and identifying the roles they play.

Her L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowship allowed her to pursue a new target: a small group of T cells that play a role in controlling inflammation and auto-immune diseases.


2004 PhD (Pathology), The University of Melbourne: The role of TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) in immune function

2001 Bachelor of Science, First Class Honours, The University of Melbourne

Career highlights, awards, fellowships and grants

2008 Senior Research Officer (Post-doctoral Scientist), Immunology Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

2004- Scientific Analyst (casual), Genscreen Pty Ltd

2006 Senior Research Officer, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

2006 NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow

2006 Publication of the year award, Immunology and Cell Biology

2005 Travel scholarship, The Society for Natural Immunity

2005 National finalist (one of five), New Investigator Award, Australian Society for Immunology

2005 The Victoria Fellowship

2005 Commendation for The Premier’s Award for Medical Research

2004 Research Officer (Postdoctoral Scientist), Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

2004 Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship, Cancer Council Victoria

2004 Postgraduate Research Medal for Outstanding Achievement and Scientific Excellence, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

2004 National finalist in Young Researcher of the Year Award, Cure Cancer Australia Foundation

2004 Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Product of the Year Award, for ScyAntics’ CD: Visions of Cancer-Unlocking the Mystery, Victorian State Government

2003 Student travel scholarship, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

2002 Melbourne Research Scholarship (student PhD living allowance), The University of Melbourne

2002 Melbourne Abroad Travel Scholarship, The University of Melbourne

2002 Department of Pathology travel scholarship, The University of Melbourne

2002 Best poster presentation prize, TNF superfamily conference 2002, San Diego, USA

2001 Best student question/most interactive student prize, IgV (Immunology Victoria) annual meeting

2000 Research Assistant, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

1997 Research Assistant, Austin Research Institute

1999 Best conference speaker prize, IgV annual meeting

1997 Best poster presentation prize, 17th annual Australian Neuroscience Society meeting

Erika Cretney at work in the lab Photo, credit: L’Oréal/SDP Photo

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