Dr Golo Ahlenstiel

Associate Professor
Medicine, Westmead Clinical School

Telephone +61 2 9845 7986
Fax 61 2 9845 5118

Website The Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Honours in Medical Sciences at Westmead


Biographical details

After completing his doctoral degree in immunogenetics at the University of Bonn, Germany, Golo Ahlenstiel received research fellowship awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) and from the German Research Foundation (DFG, Germany) to work in the Rehermann laboratory at the NIH on the immunopathogenesis of viral hepatitis, in particular the role of innate immunity in HCV infection. He know heads the Immunology Group at Storr Liver Centre at the The Westmead Institute for Medical Research with a focus on innate immunity in the liver and drivers of inflammation in chronic liver and gastrointestinal disease. Golo Ahlenstiel is currently also a Staff Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Westmead Hospital.

Research interests

Golo Ahlenstiel undertakes basic science and translational research in chronic liver and gastrointestinal disease as well as liver cancer. His research studies drivers of chronic inflammation in liver and gastrointestinal tract with a focus on innate immunity using state of the art GWAS, multicolour flow cytometry and genomics.

The overall aim of Golo Ahlenstiel's research is to better understand the mechanisms that lead to chronicity, fibrogenesis and treatment response in chronic disease as well as liver cancer in order to identify new targets for drug development and biomarkers predicting disease progression.

Teaching and supervision

Golo Ahlenstiel takes active role in the clinical teaching of medical students of the University of Sydney, as well as JMO and BPT teaching.

Golo Ahlenstiel undertakes basic and translational research the Westmead Institute for Medical Resarch including PhD and honours supervision.

Current projects

1. The role of innate immunity in chronic viral hepatitis.

2. The impact of lambda inteferons on the immune response.

3. The role of lambda interferons in chronic gastrointestinal disease

4. A bioinformatics approach to chronic inflammation

5. The role micronutirents in chronic inflammation








Awards and honours

  • 2015 Consultant of the year by Westmead RMO Association
  • 2014 Western Sydney Local Health District - Quality Award, category Local Solutions, entitled "A strategy to optimize and maintain early and safe discharge"
  • 2012 Advanced trainee of the year by Department of Medicine, Westmead Hospital
  • 2011 Trainee of the year by Westmead Physician Training Network
  • 2011 Registrar of the year by Westmead RMO Association
  • 2008 NIH Visiting fellowship award
  • 2007 NIH Visiting fellowship award
  • 2005 Fellowship award Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; 2 years)
  • 2004 NIH Visiting fellowship award

In the media



Hepatology; Gastroenterology; Genetics; Hepatitis; Immunology

Clinical Specialty

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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