Charlotte Slade

Charlotte Slade

Charlotte Slade
PhD student Dr Charlotte Slade

Why did you choose the institute for your PhD?

I was aware of the world class reputation of the institute during my clinical training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. I was fortunate to be supervised by Professor Ian Wicks, and later work with Professor Len Harrison as a Fellow in Clinical Immunology. They were both fantastic examples of clinician scientists, and showed me that it is possible to make great discoveries in medical research whilst being a good doctor.

In 2012 I was introduced to Professor Phil Hodgkin. The next year Dr Vanessa Bryant started working in Phil's lab, and the research project we are both working on took off...

What do you see as the benefits of doing a PhD at the institute?

The institute is a vibrant and exciting place to be. I feel lucky to be able to work in an environment surrounded by exceptional people undertaking great scientific endeavours. The main highlights of my project have been seeing our discoveries helping patients.

What is the subject of your research?

I am investigating the immune response in autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases. One project I am involved in uses samples from people with immunodeficiencies, and their families, to understand the genetic and cellular changes that cause these diseases.

What does a typical working day involve?

Every day is different - some days will be primarily at the bench, performing time course experiments to measure immune responses, some will involve recruiting patients, others will involve analysis of results.

What did you do before starting your PhD?

I graduated from UNSW with a BA, BSc(Med) MBBS, and then obtained Fellowship with the Royal Australasian Colleges of Pathology and Physicians.