Earl Owen Fellows

Dr Ethnie Cunningham (2010)

Dr Ethnie Cunningham was appointed in July 2009 to provide research leadership in the core areas of current research, namely production of novel genes in the adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector system that has been applied in the transplant laboratory in collaboration with Professor Ian Alexander at Children’s Hospital Westmead. Dr Cunningham came to us after completing her PhD at Trinity College Dublin. She obtained a prestigious International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to study in Australia.

Eithne has learned and extended many of the procedures in the laboratory and is a key person who is responsible for training and supervision of new students and staff. She is playing a leading role in two main projects currently underway in the laboratory: production of gene constructs that can potentially prevent I/R injury and transplant rejection.


  • Cunningham EM, Drag P, Kafarski P, Bell A. Chemical target validation studies of aminopeptidase in malaria using alph-aminophosphonate and phosphonopeptide inhibitors. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2008; 52(9): 3221-8.
  • Stack CM, Lowther J, Cunningham EM, Donnelly S, Gardiner DL, Trenholme KR, Skinner-Adams TS, Teuscher F, Grembecka J, Mucha A, Kafarski P, Lua L, Bell A, Dalton JP. Characterisation of the Plasmodium falciparum M17 leucyl aminopeptidase, a protease involved in amino acid regulation with potential for antimalarial drug development. J Biol Chem 2007; 282(3): 2069-80.