About Professor Barbara Fazekas
My aim is to make a major contribution to the health of our community by preventing the immune dysfunction that has led to the epidemic of autoimmune, allergic and inflammatory diseases in the western world.
Professor Barbara Fazekas is internationally recognised for her contributions to the understanding of immune regulation and the role of dendritic cells, CD4 T cells and regulatory T cells in autoimmune, allergic and inflammatory diseases, organ transplantation and cancer.
Barbara Fazekas de St. Groth graduated in medicine with first class honours from the University of Sydney in 1981 and worked as a Professorial Intern and RMO at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney before completing a PhD with JFAP Miller at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne in 1987. She then undertook postdoctoral training with Mark Davis at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Stanford University. She returned to Sydney in 1991 to set up a laboratory at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology. She was appointed an NHMRC Research Fellow in 1993, a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow in 1994, and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow in 2000.Her work is aimed at understanding how the immune system is regulated. In particular, she is focused on how subtle defects in the immune system predispose to the development of autoimmune disease and allergy. These conditions include juvenile diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. Professor Fazekas leads a research group of 10-12, comprised of honours and PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and research assistants. She regularly teaches at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, served as the department postgraduate coordinator for many years and is a long-term member of the University of Sydney Animal Ethics Committee.