James Harris

Harris lab


Dr Harris is an Immunologist/Cell Biologist with an interest in autophagy, endocytosis, macrophage and dendritic cell biology, inflammation and host-pathogen interactions. He co-runs the Rheumatology Research Group with Professor Eric Morand and is focused on innate immune responses and inflammation in autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, lupus), scleroderma and arthritis. He is also investigating the role of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in inflammation and cell biology.

Dr Harris received a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Nottingham (UK) and his PhD in Immunology from the University of the West of England (UK). He has work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Animal Health (UK), Oxford University, University of New Mexico and Trinity College Dublin. He was also Programme Manager for the Immunology Research Centre (IRC) in Ireland. He moved to Australia and Monash in 2013.

Research interests

Dr Harris has an interest in innate immunity and the regulation of inflammation, particularly cytokine release by macrophages and dendritic cells. Recently, he has focused on the regulation of IL-1 family cytokines and macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF). In addition, he also works on the roles of autophagy in immune cells.

Moreover, the Rheumatology Group has a strong interest in biomarker studies in diseases, including SLE, arthritis and scleroderma.

Community service

  • Scientists In Schools (Victoria)
  • Day of Immunology Organising committee (Melbourne) 2014

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