Lab team

Lab team


Lab team 

Enquiries from clinicians interested in entering medical research are encouraged.
My team at the Institute investigates cellular and molecular mechanisms of TB-HIV pathogenesis, by reverse translating our findings from clinical research conducted by my team at the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa, at University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. 
We collaborate closely with Associate Professor Seth Masters on inflammasome signalling and Professor Melanie Bahlo for bioinformatic analyses.

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Rachel Lundie, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, BA BSc(Hons) Melbourne PhD Melbourne
Project: Dendritic cells in TB-HIV

Nashied Peton, Postdoctoral Fellow (jointly with UCT), BSc(Hons) UWC MSc Cape Town PhD Cape Town
Project: GBPs and pyroptosis in TB-HIV

Key publication: du Bruyn E, Peton N, Esmail H, Howlett PJ, Coussens AK, Wilkinson RJ. Recent progress in understanding immune activation in the pathogenesis in HIV-tuberculosis co-infection. Curr Opin HIV & AIDS. 2018 Nov;13(6):455-461 PMID: 30286038

Paulo Ranaivomanana, Postdoctoral Fellow, BSc Antananarivo MSc Pasteur Madagascar PhD Pasteur Madagascar
Project: Strain Divergence in Extrapulmonary TB

Erya Ni, Honours Student, BBiomed Melbourne
Project: Neutrophils and NETosis

Amelia Holland, Undergraduate UROP student, BBioMed Melbourne


At the University of Cape Town

Abhimanyu, AXA Postdoctoral Fellow, BSc (Hons) Delhi MSc Jiwaji PhD Delhi
Project: TB-HIV epigenetics 

Key publication: Abhimanyu, Coussens AK. The role of UV radiation and vitamin D in the seasonality and outcomes of infectious disease. Photochem Photobio Sci. 2017 Mar 16;16(3):314-338 PMID: 28078341

Nomfudo Sibiya, PhD Student, BSc (Hons) Western Cape
Project: Biomarkers of Subclinical TB

Mthawelanga Ndengane, PhD Student, BSc (Hons) Western Cape MSc Western Cape
Project: Mtb lipids and HIV

Robyn Waters, Research Assistant, BSc (Hons) Cape Town MSc Cape Town
Project: HIV-Mtb bone marrow reservoirs and VidiKids


At Stellenbosh University

Elouise Kroon, PhD Student, BM MBChB MBBS MD Stellenbosch
Project: Neutrophils in TB resistors

Key publication: Kroon EE, Coussens AK, Kinnear C, Orlova M, Möller M, Seeger A, Wilkinson RJ, Hoal EG, Schurr E. Neutrophils: Innate Effectors of TB Resistance? Front Immunol. 2018 Nov; 14;9:2637 PMID: 30487797