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Dr Sarah Russell



Sarah Russell  is an immunologist and cell biologist, interested in understanding how immune cell development occurs, and how polarity and tissue organisation influences cell fate. Her major focus is on T cells: how they develop, how they respond to pathogens and cancer, and how errors in their development can lead to leukemia. We hope that this knowledge eventually helps to provide better immunotherapies or immunomodulatory treatments.

To achieve these research goals, we need to apply state-of-the-art imaging and analytical capacity. Sarah's lab works both with biologists and clinical researchers at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre ( and with physicists and mathematicians at Swinburne University. Projects are available in both wet lab and data science aspects of the work.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Atomic, Molecular And Optical Physics - 510200


Also published as: Russell, Sarah; Russell, S.; Russell, S. M.; Russell, Sarah M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: NHRMC Equipment Grant 2022 *; NHMRC Standard Equipment Grant
  • 2022: Understanding latent fate programming in T cells. *; Ideas Grants
  • 2021: NHMRC Equipment Grant 2021 - GNT2015660 *; NHMRC Standard Equipment Grant
  • 2018: Exploiting microfabricated cell culture platforms for the ex vivo generation of T cells *; Cass Foundation Grant
  • 2018: Pushing the Limits of Fluorescence Microscopy with Adaptive Optics *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2016: Elucidating immune responses by single cell pedigree and tracing analysis *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2015: Single molecule imaging laboratory *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme - For funding commencing in 2015
  • 2014: NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship *; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellowship
  • 2014: Spatial control of signalling in immunity and cancer./ Elucidating crosstalk between RhoGTPases and polarity proteins: the interface between morphology, immune function and cancer. *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2012: Asymmetric cell division in T cell development: consequences for immunity and canceraka: Elucidating the development of immune cells *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2011: Flourescence microscopy with optical tweezers: imaging cellular responses *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2011: The role of Ap2a2 in self-renewal of haematopoietic and leukemic stem cells *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2011: The role of Gpsm2 in self-renewal of hematopoietic and leukemia stem cells *; Leukaemia Foundation Grant in Aid
  • 2010: Asymmetric division and self-renewal in haematopoietic and leukaemia stem cells *; Leukaemia Foundation Grant in Aid
  • 2009: Polarity in lymphocytes: Regulation of immune function and cancer. *; ARC Future Fellowships
  • 2009: Polarity regulation in T cells: Mechanisms and consequences *; NHMRC Project Grants

* Chief Investigator

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