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Mariño Laboratory

Immunology and Diabetes

Welcome to the Mariño Lab

Our lab is leading the way in gut microbiome and autoimmune type 1 diabetes research. Using sophisticated omics and microbiome analysis, our research is focused on understanding the diet-gut microbiota-immune axis for the prevention and treatment of diabetes and associated complications.

We're part of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and a member of the Cardiovascular Disease and Infection & Immunity and Metabolism, Diabetes & Obesity Program and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Dr Eliana Mariño

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

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Our research

Our lab investigates the relationship between the immune system, the intestinal microbiome and the effects of diet that cause inflammation and autoimmunity. Thus, we are trying to understand how microbial short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and other metabolites regulate gut homeostasis, affect the immune system and subsequently affect inflammatory responses associated with autoimmune diabetes, insulin resistance, proteinuria and the incidence of obesity. Our research offers a scope to prevent and cure T1D, T2D, obesity and diabetes complications such as kidney disease by using a completely novel approach, such as intervention with dietary supplements that boost our gut microbiome to produce beneficial bacterial SCFA acetate and butyrate.

Lab members

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We're always interested in collaborating with bright and motivated researchers, clinicians and industry. Whether you want to research, study or partner with us to accelerate our discoveries, find out about the work we do.

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