- Master of Public Health
- PhD (Medical Sciences)
- Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
- Bachelor of Science Honours
- Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
Adrian obtained his undergraduate degrees from Adelaide University, in South Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with majors in Biochemistry and Microbiology & Immunology and an Honours degree in Molecular BioSciences. For his Honours project on the role of chemokine migration in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis with Professor Shaun McColl he was awarded the University Medal in 2001.
In 2002 Adrian moved to the Australian National University in Canberra for a PhD with Professor Chris Goodnow. His PhD project investigated the genetics of defective T cell tolerance in mouse models of autoimmune diabetes and autoimmune polyendocrinopathy syndrome. He was awarded his PhD and the Frank Fenner Medal in 2005. Following his PhD, Adrian took a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education on research supervision and started post-doctoral research on the interactions of partial immunodeficiency and autoimmunity with Professor Goodnow.
In 2006 he moved to the University of Washington to study the biology of Foxp3+ regulatory T cells with Professor Sasha Rudensky. Under an Irvington Institute Fellowship and then a RJ Menzies / CJ Martin Fellowship he studied the cellular and molecular basis of thymic generation and peripheral homeostasis of regulatory T cells.
In 2009 Adrian was invited to set up an independent research laboratory in the Flanders Institute of Biotechnology and the University of Leuven. The laboratory combines his expertise in genetics and cellular immunology to investigate the mechanisms of immune tolerance and failure and the genetic basis of immune pathologies such as autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, allergy and cancer.
The Autoimmune Genetics Laboratory is supported by grants from the VIB, University of Leuven, European Research Council, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the FWO and IWT. The laboratory has published top research articles in journals such as Nature Medicine, Nature Immunology and Blood. For a complete list of laboratory publications, click here.