Andrew W. Taylor-Robinson
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.