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Huntington Laboratory

Cancer Immunotherapy

Welcome to the Huntington Lab

Our lab aims to decipher the regulatory networks that control Natural Killer (NK) cell function and their role in anti-tumour immunity.

We know cancer is clever. It tricks our immune system into thinking it belongs and so shrewdly evades our its line of defense – usually deployed when foreign cells are detected - and so it is left free to grow and multiply. To add to the challenge, cancer is an evolving disease. Over time, cancer cells undergo a myriad of molecular and genetic changes making it difficult to discover a definitive cure, it is essentially a moving target. Our research focus is aimed at deciphering the regulatory networks that control NK cell development and homeostasis and a drug discovery program using cutting-edge in vivo screens for novel checkpoints in NK cell activation for targeting in cancer immunotherapy.

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

Professor Nicholas Huntington

My global research connections, partners and funding can be viewed on my Monash Research Profile.

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Our research

Our laboratory uses pre-clinical models to understand the transcription factors, growth factors and receptors required for optimal NK cell function. Our goal is to exploit the unique ability of NK cells to spontaneous detect and kill cancer cells in a clinical setting. To achieve this goal, our research is focussed on uncovering the dominant pathways the regulate this detection and killing machinery in NK cells in order to design novel cancer therapies.

Watch Professor Nick Huntington, 2019 Jacques Miller Medal recipient, explain his cancer immunology approach for the Australian Academy of Science.

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