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Andrew Taylor-Robinson

Professor of Immunology & Haematology
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
160 Ann Street - 21.11
QLD 4000
About Me

Role: Andrew Taylor-Robinson is Professor of Immunology & Haematology and Research Coordinator for Infectious Diseases at Central Queensland University.

Experience: Andrew received a BSc Hons in microbiology (immunology major) from University College London and a PhD in parasite immunology from the University of Glasgow for work on immunity to malaria. Postdoctoral research at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Medical Research Council Laboratories, Fajara, The Gambia, and the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany, on human and rodent malarias further developed interest in regulation of immunity to infection. He was awarded a Wellcome Trust Career Development Research Fellowship at the University of Leeds and subsequently appointed to the permanent academic staff. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Royal College of Pathologists of the UK and of Australasia, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Entomological Society, Royal Society for Public Health, the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and the Australian Society for Microbiology. He joined Central Queensland University in 2012 and spent secondments as a Professorial Research Fellow with the Health Collaborative Research Network and as Deputy Dean (Research) in the School of Health, Medical & Applied Sciences. Currently, he also serves as his School's Brisbane Campus Leader and as Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Research: Andrew has over 30 years’ research experience of infectious disease immunology, with focus on malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. His interests include understanding regulation of the immune response, effector mechanisms of protective immunity and their potentiation for vaccine design. Aspects of this work are continuing in collaboration with former colleagues at Leeds, where he retains a visiting appointment. Andrew’s previous studies of cellular immunity in both experimental models and humans make him well suited to lead the work of the Infectious Diseases Research Cluster on the impact of pathogens on human health and wellbeing in rural Queensland. This is harnessing the power of place to collaborate on a number of diverse projects of regional relevance, including: bacterial infections of the upper respiratory tract, contributing to otitis media; dengue fever immunoepidemiology; and transmission cycles of arboviruses. These involve fruitful domestic collaborations with Swinburne University of Technology, Mater Misericordiae Hospital Rockhampton and Queensland University of Technology, as well as with several universities in dengue-endemic countries in South Asia. A further project on bringing enhanced cryobiology technologies to bovine embryology involves Monash University and an industrial partnership with Australian Reproductive Technologies and a biotech start-up company in Vietnam.

Learning and Teaching: Andrew has a deep commitment to engaged teaching and a passion for facilitating student learning at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He teaches interrelated themes across immunology, microbiology, infectious disease, haematology and pathology disciplines. In 2018 he was recipient of the prestigious Central Queensland University 'Educator of the Year' award. From 2020, Andrew is Honours Research Projects Coordinator for the 4-year BSc(Hons) Medical Laboratory Science degree program that is externally accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientistss. He has supervised the successful completion of over 20 research higher degree candidates. In 2019, he received a Central Queensland University Commendation for 'Supervision of a PhD Thesis of Outstanding Quality'.

Public Engagement: Andrew delivers a range of outreach and engagement activities, and is an increasingly sought-after commentator in the mainstream media on subjects of mosquito-transmitted infections, infectious disease control and public health management.


Research: immunology; medical microbiology; parasitology; virology; vaccinology; infectious diseases; malaria; dengue; neglected Australian arboviruses; otitis media; entomology; epidemiology; embryology; cryobiology; assisted reproductive technology

Teaching: immunology; haematology; immunohaematology; microbiology; parasitology; virology; infectious diseases; pathology



Life Membership of the Frontiers in Bioscience Society

Entry in Dictionary of International Biography

Entry in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering

Entry in Who’s Who in the World

Award Recipient, 5th International Conference on the Biology of Nitric Oxide

ISI Science Watch ‘Hot Paper’

Genzyme Diagnostics Prize for Outstanding Publication

European Federation of Parasitologists Young Scientist Award for Research in Applied Parasitology

Best Poster, Scottish Universities Molecular Parasitology Meeting

Best Poster, Joint Meeting of Metchnikoff Club & Scottish Immunology Group


Learning & Teaching

2018 University Student Voice Award for ‘Educator of the Year'

2013, 15, 18 & 19 University ‘Student Voice Educator of the Year’ Course Coordinator Commendation (x 5)

Research Supervision

2019 Research Higher Degrees Committee Commendation for ‘Supervision of a PhD Thesis of Outstanding Quality’

2014, 15, 17-19 University ‘Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision’ Nomination

Impact & Engagement

2018 University ERA impact case studies, ‘researcher of significant influence’ in respect to industry engagement and research impact

2015 University ‘Engaged Research & Innovation Opal Award’ Finalist & Commendation

Media Citations

Newspapers: UK - Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Sun, Yorkshire Post; Australia - Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), Brisbane Courier-Mail and News Corp papers syndicated nationally; International - The Irish Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Daily Observer, Daily Star & Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh), The Island (Sri Lanka), Premium Times (Nigeria)

Science Journals: New Scientist, Nature Medicine, Science News, The Lancet

Online News: ABC News, BBC News, Dawn News (Pakistan), Huffington Post, Malaria Weekly, World Disease Weekly

Higher Education Magazines: University of Glasgow Newsletter, University of Leeds Reporter, CQUni News, Times Higher Education (THE)

Trade Catalogues: Dynal, Genzyme, GroPep, Sigma-Aldrich


Radio: BBC Leeds, ABC National & Local stations, Grant, Southern Cross Austerio & Triple M networks throughout Australia

TV: ABC National & QLD, WIN News, 7 News, 7 Weekend Sunrise

A combined audience of > 10 million is estimated across print, radio and TV

Professional Memberships

2018 FRSPH

2016 FRES

2015 FFSc(RCPA)

2014 FASM

2014 FACTM

2013 FIBMS

2013 CSci

2012 FSB

2012 CBiol

2012 FRCPath

2007 FHEA

2003 ILTM


Recent & Current Roles

Professor of Immunology & Haematology

Research Coordinator, Infectious Diseases

Deputy Director (Research), School of Medical & Applied Sciences

Professorial Research Fellow, Commonwealth Health Research Network

Director, Capricornia Centre for Mucosal Immunology

Associate Director, Embryology Laboratory

Service & Management

Research Committee, School of Medical and Applied Sciences

Management Committee, Health Collaborative Research Network

Management Committee, Institute for Health and Social Science Research

Elected, then Co-opted, member, University Research Committee

Elected member, Research Higher Degrees Committee

Elected member, University Animal Ethics Committee

Elected member, University Academic Promotions Committee

Elected academic staff member, University Academic Board

Leadership of Teaching

Course coordinator MEDS14001 Honours Preparation

Course coordinator MEDS14002 Research Project

Course coordinator BMSC13009 Immunology

Course coordinator BMSC12003 Haematology

Course coordinator BMSC12004 Immunohaematology

Course coordinator BMSC13001 Advanced Haematology

Course coordinator BMSC19001 Advanced Work Integrated Learning

Key Achievements

Contributions to Field

Malaria is exploited as a proven and tractable model to dissect the ways in which the immune system may be manipulated to potentiate protective rather than pathological responses to microbial infection. The experimental model of malaria immunoregulation has provided an excellent foundation for further development of infectious disease immunology to establish general principles underlying immunoregulation of other important but less tractable host/pathogen relationships in both experimental systems and humans – of current interest, notably dengue, neglected Australian arboviruses and otitis media.

Published work on mechanisms of protective immunity to malaria is acknowledged within its specialism as contributing significantly to a greater understanding of the host immune response during parasitic infection. Moreover, some of these findings have had a wider significance in establishing or extending novel paradigms for the general disciplines of immunity to infectious diseases and of immunoregulation.

Indicators of Esteem

Review panel member for U.S. National Institutes of Health (extramural malaria grants)

Review panel member for Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (immunology)

External referee for unit research review, Institut Pasteur Paris

Services for Learned Societies & Organisations

British Society for Parasitology – Council, Board of Trustees

British Society for Immunology – Secretary, Parasite Immunology Affinity Group

British Society for Immunology – Meetings Secretary, West Yorkshire Immunology Group

British Society for Immunology – Committee, Northern Regional Cluster

British Society for Immunology – Committee, West Yorkshire Immunology Group

Leeds Immunology Interest Group – Treasurer

Leeds Immunology Interest Group – Committee

Membership of Learned Societies & Organisations

British Society for Immunology

British Society for Parasitology

British Society for Protist Biology

Australasian Society for Immunology

Australasian Research Management Society


Journal Editorship

2017- Heliyon (epidemiology associate editor)

2017- Frontiers in Microbiology (virology review editor)

2015- Current Immunology Reviews (advisory editor)

2015- International Journal of Clinical and Medical Microbiology (associate editor)

2012- American Journal of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (regional editor)

2012- Scientifica (parasitology subject editor)

In addition, editorial board member of > 20 peer-reviewed journals, and reviewer for numerous others.

Consultancy Work

Consultant to peak professional bodies, learned societies, private companies, publishing and media organisations.


Elsevier Trends Journals

Garland Science Publishers

Taylor & Francis Publishers

Oxford University Press

Healthcare Advisory Board

Science Advisory Board

Nature Publishing Group

UK HE Learning and Teaching Support Network

HTV/Discovery Channel TV documentary “The Vampire Hunter”

SVT Swedish TV documentary “Vetenskapens Värld ” (World of Science)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (SCOPE Malaria Research & Policy Forum)

Research Interests
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Animal Production - Animal Reproduction

Medical And Health Sciences

Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology - Respiratory Diseases

Medical And Health Sciences

Clinical Sciences - Infectious Diseases

Medical And Health Sciences

Clinical Sciences - Otorhinolaryngology

Medical And Health Sciences

Immunology - Cellular Immunology

Medical And Health Sciences

Medical Microbiology - Medical Bacteriology

Medical And Health Sciences

Medical Microbiology - Medical Parasitology

Medical And Health Sciences

Medical Microbiology - Medical Virology


Agricultural Biotechnology - Livestock cloning

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