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Bird Laboratory

Cell Development and Death

Welcome to the Bird Lab

A unifying theme in the laboratory is provided by serpins, inhibitor proteins which protect cells from injury and death caused by the uncontrolled action of proteases.

We're part of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and a member of the Development & Stem Cells and Infection & Immunity Program and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Professor Phillip Bird

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Our research

Regulation of protease-induced cell death by serpins.

Serpins trap and inactivate proteases preventing damage, injury and death of normal cells. Serpin absence or malfunction can lead to disease. We use cell systems, knockout mouse and zebrafish models to study serpins and cognate proteases linked to human deafness; liver cirrhosis and emphysema.

  • Regulation of proteases by serpins

    Serpins dynamically trap, distort and inactivate proteases.

  • SERPINB6 and inherited sensorineural hearing loss

    Degeneration of the Organ of Corti in mice lacking SERPINB6.

  • SERPINA1 and inherited liver and lung disease

    Transgenic zebrafish expressing Z-AAT in hepatocytes (green) release less protein into the bloodstream.

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