Professor Nicholas King

Professor of Viral Immunopathology
Pathology, School of Medical Sciences
Bosch Institute

D06 - Blackburn Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 4553
F: +61 2 9351 3429

Research interests

We are interested in the neurotropic flavivirus, West Nile virus, and how our immune response, in trying to get rid of virus infection, lethally damages the host nervous system in this response.

We are studying the pathogenesis of West Nile virus encephalitis to understand which components cause lethal damage in the brain and which are crucial for virus clearance.

We are also investigating early immune responses to infection in specialised organs and sites, including the brain, the skin, the genitourinary tract, the embryo and the eye, as being the key to modulating this process before damage occurs.

Current national competitive grants*


Role of Inflammation in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy
Twigg S, King N, McLennan S
NHMRC Project Grants ($476,325 over 3 years)

Immune modifying particles - a novel therapeutic strategy to treat West Nile Virus encephalitis
King N, Getts D
NHMRC Project Grants ($532,260 over 3 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

International links

Germany. (University of Muenster) Collaborative Research into diagnostic imaging approaches to viral encephalitis.