Prof. Franca Ronchese

Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Wellington, New Zealand

I trained at the University of Padova, Italy, and then as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Ron Germain at the NIH, USA. After my postdoctoral studies, I joined the Basel Institute for Immunology in Basel, Switzerland, where I became interested in antigen presentation by dendritic cells in vivo. Since 1994 I have been leading the Immune Cell Biology group at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, New Zealand with a focus on developing immune therapies for cancer and allergies. My current work examines dendritic cell diversity during the initiation of CD4+ helper T cell responses.

I am a Programme Leader at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington, NZ, and Research Professor at Victoria University of Wellington.