Dr Kelvin Tuong

Senior Research Fellow

Child Health Research Centre
Faculty of Medicine

Affiliate of Child Health Research

Child Health Research Centre
Faculty of Medicine

Affiliate Senior Research Fellow of

Frazer Institute
Faculty of Medicine
z.tuong@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3069 7506

Overview

Dr. Kelvin Tuong is a Senior Research Fellow/Group Leader at the Ian Frazer Centre for Children’s Immunotherapy Research (IFCCIR), Child Health Research Centre. He is interested in single-cell analysis of immune cells and harnessing adaptive immune receptors for understanding immune cell development and function in health and in cancer.

Dr. Tuong was born and raised in Singapore and moved to Brisbane, Australia, after completing national service in Singapore and obtaining a Diploma in Biomedical Laboratory Technology (Ngee Ann Polytechnic).

Dr. Tuong was originally trained as a molecular cell biologist and gradually transitioned into bioinformatics during his post-doctoral training. He has been very prolific for an early career researcher, having published >50 articles since 2013, with nearly a third of them as first/co-first or last author and has a stellar track record of pushing out highly collaborative work in prestigious journals including Nature, Cell, Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology J Exp Med etc. He has the rare combination of having excellent laboratory and bioinformatics skill sets which provide him a strong command of both fundamental immunology and computational approaches.

Dr. Tuong completed his undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Biomedical science with Class I Honours, followed by his PhD in macrophage cell biology and endocrinology at UQ (Prof. Jenny Stow lab and Emiritus Prof. George Muscat lab, IMB, UQ). He then went on to a post-doc position with Emiritus Prof. Ian Frazer (co-inventor of the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine, UQ Frazer Institute, Translational Research Institute) where he worked on HPV immunology, cervical cancer and skin cancer. In his time in the Frazer lab, he developed an interest in bioinformatics analyses as a means to tackle and understanding immunology problems in health and disease. He then moved to the UK and joined Prof. Menna Clatworthy's lab at the University of Cambridge and Dr. Sarah Teichmann's lab at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. He has focused his interests on single-cell analyses of tissue immune cells, including T and B cells and their specific receptors (TCR/BCR). He has developed bespoke bioinformatics software, including one tailored for single-cell B Cell Receptor sequencing analysis, Dandelion, which he used in one of the largest combined single-cell transcriptomic, surface proteomic and TCR/BCR sequencing dataset in the world, published in Nature Medicine, and more recently in Nature Biotechnology where we introduced a TCR-based pseudotime trajectory analysis method.

Dr. Tuong is now leading the Computational Immunology group at the IFCCIR and his lab is focused on investigating how pediatric immunity is perturbed during cancer at the cellular level and how this information can be used for creating novel warning systems for children with cancer. For potential students/post-docs/trainees interested in joining the team, please contact Dr. Tuong at z.tuong@uq.edu.au.

Research Interests

  • Single-cell analysis of immune repertoires
    Specialized immune cells known as T-cells and B-cells use specific receptors to recognize tumor antigens and fight cancerous cells. My vision is to harness these cells and their receptors to enable early cancer detection and disease monitoring. These specific adaptive immune receptors are essential for all aspects of the T- and B-cell’s life cycle, serving as natural ‘time-keepers’ of the immune response against cancer progression. My research team will explore the properties that define how effective these immune cells are in childhood cancer by performing high resolution gene expression profiling at the single-cell level. To achieve this, we will develop critical software and algorithms for analyzing these immune cells and their receptors. We will develop highly advanced computer models that can be used to detect adaptive immune receptors that are targeted towards cancer. These models will learn and identify cancer-specific patterns and we will apply it onto predicting and monitoring response to therapy in children with blood cancer. This will allow for a highly precise mechanism that could be deployed early for initial cancer detection and monitoring of childhood cancer progression.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Wong, Joshua K.M., McCulloch, Timothy R., Alim, Louisa, Omer, Natacha, Mehdi, Ahmed M., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Bonfim-Melo, Alexis, Chung, Eric, Nicol, Alice, Simpson, Fiona, Rhee, Handoo, Rossi, Gustavo Rodrigues and Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Fernando (2024). TGF-β signalling limits effector function capacity of NK cell anti-tumour immunity in human bladder cancer. eBioMedicine, 104 105176, 105176. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2024.105176

  • Nikolic, M., Barnes, J.L., Yoshida, M., He, P., Worlock, K.B., Lindeboom, R.G.H., Suo, C., Pett, J.P., Wilbrey-Clark, A., Dann, E., Mamanova, L., Richardson, L., Polanski, K., Pennycuick, A., Allen-Hyttinen, J., Herczeg, I., Arzili, R., Hynds, R.E., Teixeira, V.H., Haniffa, M., Lim, K., Sun, D., Rawlins, E.L., Oliver, A., Lyons, P.A., Marioni, J.C., Ruhrberg, C., Tuong, Z.K., Clatworthy, M.R. ... Meyer, K.B. (2024). Early Human Lung Immune Cell Development and Its Role in Epithelial Cell Fate. American Thoracic Society. doi: 10.1164/ajrccm-conference.2024.209.1_meetingabstracts.a7456

  • Irac, Sergio E., Soon, Megan Sioe Fei, Borcherding, Nicholas and Tuong, Zewen Kelvin (2024). Single-cell immune repertoire analysis. Nature Methods, 21 (5), 777-792. doi: 10.1038/s41592-024-02243-4

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The direct linkage of adaptive immune receptor repertoire with cellular phenotypes from single-cell sequencing technology has proven to be a powerful tool in understanding lymphocyte development and function in healthy and disease contexts. Multi-omics analysis leverages data from different modalities e.g. transcriptomics, epigenetics, proteomics. Recent advances has successfully integrated the data modalities to study cellular biology at an unprecedented resolution. However, unlike the other data modalities, which are largely continuous data, single-cell adaptive immune receptor sequencing (scVDJ-seq) data are a mixture of categorical and continuous data which poses additional challenges for integration. It consists of annotations of variable (V), diversity (D) and joining (J) genes, which are selected and recombined during B/T-cell development. The technology to profile this at the single cell level with paired gene expression data is relatively new. I have led the development of Dandelion, a scVDJ-seq software framework which has been used to deeply profile single-cell lymphocyte biology and I aim to expand on the its capabilities for immunology research.

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Publications

Journal Article

  • Wong, Joshua K.M., McCulloch, Timothy R., Alim, Louisa, Omer, Natacha, Mehdi, Ahmed M., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Bonfim-Melo, Alexis, Chung, Eric, Nicol, Alice, Simpson, Fiona, Rhee, Handoo, Rossi, Gustavo Rodrigues and Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Fernando (2024). TGF-β signalling limits effector function capacity of NK cell anti-tumour immunity in human bladder cancer. eBioMedicine, 104 105176, 105176. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2024.105176

  • Irac, Sergio E., Soon, Megan Sioe Fei, Borcherding, Nicholas and Tuong, Zewen Kelvin (2024). Single-cell immune repertoire analysis. Nature Methods, 21 (5), 777-792. doi: 10.1038/s41592-024-02243-4

  • Fitzpatrick, Zachary, Ghabdan Zanluqui, Nagela, Rosenblum, Jared S., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Lee, Colin Y. C., Chandrashekhar, Vikram, Negro-Demontel, Maria Luciana, Stewart, Andrew P., Posner, David A., Buckley, Monica, Allinson, Kieren S. J., Mastorakos, Panagiotis, Chittiboina, Prashant, Maric, Dragan, Donahue, Danielle, Helmy, Adel, Tajsic, Tamara, Ferdinand, John R., Portet, Anais, Peñalver, Ana, Gillman, Eleanor, Zhuang, Zhengping, Clatworthy, Menna R. and McGavern, Dorian B. (2024). Venous-plexus-associated lymphoid hubs support meningeal humoral immunity. Nature, 628 (8008), 612-619. doi: 10.1038/s41586-024-07202-9

  • Dean, Isaac, Lee, Colin Y. C., Tuong, Zewen K., Li, Zhi, Tibbitt, Christopher A., Willis, Claire, Gaspal, Fabrina, Kennedy, Bethany C., Matei-Rascu, Veronika, Fiancette, Rémi, Nordenvall, Caroline, Lindforss, Ulrik, Baker, Syed Murtuza, Stockmann, Christian, Sexl, Veronika, Hammond, Scott A., Dovedi, Simon J., Mjösberg, Jenny, Hepworth, Matthew R., Carlesso, Gianluca, Clatworthy, Menna R. and Withers, David R. (2024). Rapid functional impairment of natural killer cells following tumor entry limits anti-tumor immunity. Nature Communications, 15 (1) 683, 1-18. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-44789-z

  • Lee, Colin Y. C., Kennedy, Bethany C., Richoz, Nathan, Dean, Isaac, Tuong, Zewen K., Gaspal, Fabrina, Li, Zhi, Willis, Claire, Hasegawa, Tetsuo, Whiteside, Sarah K., Posner, David A., Carlesso, Gianluca, Hammond, Scott A., Dovedi, Simon J., Roychoudhuri, Rahul, Withers, David R. and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2024). Tumour-retained activated CCR7+ dendritic cells are heterogeneous and regulate local anti-tumour cytolytic activity. Nature Communications, 15 (1) 682, 1-18. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-44787-1

  • Barnes, Josephine L., Yoshida, Masahiro, He, Peng, Worlock, Kaylee B., Lindeboom, Rik G. H., Suo, Chenqu, Pett, J. Patrick, Wilbrey-Clark, Anna, Dann, Emma, Mamanova, Lira, Richardson, Laura, Polanski, Krzysztof, Pennycuick, Adam, Allen-Hyttinen, Jessica, Herczeg, Iván T., Arzili, Romina, Hynds, Robert E., Teixeira, Vitor H., Haniffa, Muzlifah, Lim, Kyungtae, Sun, Dawei, Rawlins, Emma L., Oliver, Amanda J., Lyons, Paul A., Marioni, John C., Ruhrberg, Christiana, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Clatworthy, Menna R., Reading, James L. ... Nikolić, Marko Z. (2023). Early human lung immune cell development and its role in epithelial cell fate. Science Immunology, 8 (90) eadf9988, 1-18. doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.adf9988

  • Suchanek, Ondrej, Ferdinand, John R., Tuong, Zewen K., Wijeyesinghe, Sathi, Chandra, Anita, Clauder, Ann-Katrin, Almeida, Larissa N., Clare, Simon, Harcourt, Katherine, Ward, Christopher J., Bashford-Rogers, Rachael, Lawley, Trevor, Manz, Rudolf A., Okkenhaug, Klaus, Masopust, David and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2023). Tissue-resident B cells orchestrate macrophage polarisation and function. Nature Communications, 14 (1) 7081, 1-20. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-42625-4

  • Kang, Hao, Sun, Hongjian, Yang, Yang, Tuong, Zewen K., Shu, Minglei, Wei, Yunbo, Zhang, Yu, Yu, Di and Tao, Yong (2023). Autoimmune uveitis in Behçet's disease and Vogt‐Koyanagi‐Harada disease differ in tissue immune infiltration and T cell clonality. Clinical and Translational Immunology, 12 (9) e1461, 1-17. doi: 10.1002/cti2.1461

  • Ferreira, Isabella A.T.M., Lee, Colin Y.C., Foster, William S., Abdullahi, Adam, Dratva, Lisa M., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Stewart, Benjamin J., Ferdinand, John R., Guillaume, Stephane M., Potts, Martin O.P., Perera, Marianne, Krishna, Benjamin A., Peñalver, Ana, Cabantous, Mia, Kemp, Steven A., Ceron-Gutierrez, Lourdes, Ebrahimi, Soraya, Lyons, Paul, Smith, Kenneth G.C., Bradley, John, Collier, Dami A., McCoy, Laura E., van der Klaauw, Agatha, Thaventhiran, James E.D., Farooqi, I. Sadaf, Teichmann, Sarah A., MacAry, Paul A., Doffinger, Rainer, Wills, Mark R. ... Gupta, Ravindra K. (2023). Atypical B cells and impaired SARS-CoV-2 neutralization following heterologous vaccination in the elderly. Cell Reports, 42 (8) 112991, 112991. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2023.112991

  • Wei, Fei, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Omer, Mahmoud, Ngo, Christopher, Asiatico, Jackson, Kinzel, Michael, Pugazhendhi, Abinaya Sindu, Khaled, Annette R., Ghosh, Ranajay and Coathup, Melanie (2023). A novel multifunctional radioprotective strategy using P7C3 as a countermeasure against ionizing radiation-induced bone loss. Bone Research, 11 (1) 34, 1-20. doi: 10.1038/s41413-023-00273-w

  • Richoz, Nathan, Tuong, Zewen K., Loudon, Kevin W., Patino-Martinez, Eduardo, Ferdinand, John R., Portet, Anais, Romo-Tena, Jorge, Bashant, Kathleen R., Thevenon, Emeline, Rucci, Francesca, Hoyler, Thomas, Junt, Tobias, Kaplan, Mariana J., Siegel, Richard M. and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2023). Distinct pathogenic roles for resident and monocyte-derived macrophages in lupus nephritis (vol 7, e159751, 2022). Jci Insight, 8 (10). doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.171762

  • Suo, Chenqu, Polanski, Krzysztof, Dann, Emma, Lindeboom, Rik G. H., Vilarrasa-Blasi, Roser, Vento-Tormo, Roser, Haniffa, Muzlifah, Meyer, Kerstin B., Dratva, Lisa M., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Clatworthy, Menna R. and Teichmann, Sarah A. (2023). Dandelion uses the single-cell adaptive immune receptor repertoire to explore lymphocyte developmental origins. Nature Biotechnology, 42 (1), 40-51. doi: 10.1038/s41587-023-01734-7

  • Inaba, Akimichi, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Zhao, Tian X., Stewart, Andrew P., Mathews, Rebeccah, Truman, Lucy, Sriranjan, Rouchelle, Kennet, Jane, Saeb-Parsy, Kourosh, Wicker, Linda, Waldron-Lynch, Frank, Cheriyan, Joseph, Todd, John A., Mallat, Ziad and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2023). Low-dose IL-2 enhances the generation of IL-10-producing immunoregulatory B cells. Nature Communications, 14 (1) 2071, 1-11. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-37424-w

  • Chen, Zhian, Cui, Yanfang, Yao, Yin, Liu, Bo, Yunis, Joseph, Gao, Xin, Wang, Naiqi, Cañete, Pablo F., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Sun, Hongjian, Wang, Hao, Yang, Siling, Wang, Runli, Leong, Yew Ann, Simon Davis, David, Qin, Jiahuan, Liang, Kaili, Deng, Jun, Wang, Conan K., Huang, Yen-Hua, Roco, Jonathan A., Nettelfield, Sam, Zhu, Huaming, Xu, Huajun, Yu, Zhijia, Craik, David, Liu, Zheng, Qi, Hai, Parish, Christopher and Yu, Di (2023). Heparan sulfate regulates IL-21 bioavailability and signal strength that control germinal center B cell selection and differentiation. Science immunology, 8 (80) eadd1728, 1-17. doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.add1728

  • Yang, Yang, Tuong, Zewen K. and Yu, Di (2023). Dimensionality reduction under scrutiny. Nature Computational Science, 3 (1), 8-9. doi: 10.1038/s43588-022-00383-1

  • He, Peng, Lim, Kyungtae, Sun, Dawei, Pett, Jan Patrick, Jeng, Quitz, Polanski, Krzysztof, Dong, Ziqi, Bolt, Liam, Richardson, Laura, Mamanova, Lira, Dabrowska, Monika, Wilbrey-Clark, Anna, Madissoon, Elo, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Dann, Emma, Suo, Chenqu, Goh, Isaac, Yoshida, Masahiro, Nikolić, Marko Z., Janes, Sam M., He, Xiaoling, Barker, Roger A., Teichmann, Sarah A., Marioni, John C., Meyer, Kerstin B. and Rawlins, Emma L. (2022). A human fetal lung cell atlas uncovers proximal-distal gradients of differentiation and key regulators of epithelial fates. Cell, 185 (25), 4841-4860.e25. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2022.11.005

  • Richoz, Nathan, Tuong, Zewen K., Loudon, Kevin W., Patiño-Martínez, Eduardo, Ferdinand, John R., Portet, Anaïs, Bashant, Kathleen R., Thevenon, Emeline, Rucci, Francesca, Hoyler, Thomas, Junt, Tobias, Kaplan, Mariana J., Siegel, Richard M. and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2022). Distinct pathogenic roles for resident and monocyte-derived macrophages in lupus nephritis. JCI Insight, 7 (21) e159751, 1-19. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.159751

  • Guo, Shuang A., Bowyer, Georgina S., Ferdinand, John R., Maes, Mailis, Tuong, Zewen K., Gillman, Eleanor, Liao, Mingfeng, Lindeboom, Rik G H, Yoshida, Masahiro, Worlock, Kaylee, Gopee, Hudaa, Stephenson, Emily, Gao, Catherine A, Lyons, Paul A, Smith, Kenneth G C, Haniffa, Muzlifah, Meyer, Kerstin B, Nikolić, Marko Z, Zhang, Zheng, Wunderink, Richard G, Misharin, Alexander V, Dougan, Gordon, Navapurkar, Vilas, Teichmann, Sarah A, Conway Morris, Andrew and Clatworthy, Menna R (2022). Obesity is associated with attenuated tissue immunity in COVID-19. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 207 (5), 566-576. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202204-0751OC

  • Woloszyk, Anna, Tuong, Zewen K., Perez, Louis, Aguilar, Leonardo, Bankole, Abraham I., Evans, Christopher H. and Glatt, Vaida (2022). Fracture hematoma micro-architecture influences transcriptional profile and plays a crucial role in determining bone healing outcomes. Biomaterials Advances, 139 213027, 1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.bioadv.2022.213027

  • Tran, M., Yoon, S., Teoh, M., Andersen, S., Lam, PY., Purdue, B. W., Raghubar, A., Hanson, S.J., Devitt, K., Jones, K., Walters, S., Monkman, J., Kulasinghe, A., Tuong, Z.K., Soyer, H.P., Frazer, I. H. and Nguyen, Q. (2022). A robust experimental and computational analysis framework at multiple resolutions, modalities and coverages. Frontiers in Immunology, 13 911873, 911873. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.911873

  • Riding, Alexandra M., Loudon, Kevin W., Guo, Andrew, Ferdinand, John R., Lok, Laurence S.C., Richoz, Nathan, Stewart, Andrew, Castro-Dopico, Tomas, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Fiancette, Remi, Bowyer, Georgina S., Fleming, Aaron, Gillman, Eleanor S., Suchanek, Ondrej, Mahbubani, Krishnaa T., Saeb-Parsy, Kourosh, Withers, David, Dougan, Gordan, Clare, Simon and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2022). Group 3 innate lymphocytes make a distinct contribution to type 17 immunity in bladder defence. iScience, 25 (7) 104660, 1-30. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2022.104660

  • Suo, Chenqu, Dann, Emma, Goh, Issac, Jardine, Laura, Kleshchevnikov, Vitalii, Park, Jong-Eun, Botting, Rachel A., Stephenson, Emily, Engelbert, Justin, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Polanski, Krzysztof, Yayon, Nadav, Xu, Chuan, Suchanek, Ondrej, Elmentaite, Rasa, Domínguez Conde, Cecilia, He, Peng, Pritchard, Sophie, Miah, Mohi, Moldovan, Corina, Steemers, Alexander S., Mazin, Pavel, Prete, Martin, Horsfall, Dave, Marioni, John C., Clatworthy, Menna R., Haniffa, Muzlifah and Teichmann, Sarah A. (2022). Mapping the developing human immune system across organs. Science, 376 (6597), eabo0510. doi: 10.1126/science.abo0510

  • Domínguez Conde, C., Xu, C., Jarvis, L. B., Rainbow, D. B., Wells, S. B., Gomes, T., Howlett, S. K., Suchanek, O., Polanski, K., King, H. W., Mamanova, L., Huang, N., Szabo, P. A., Richardson, L., Bolt, L., Fasouli, E. S., Mahbubani, K. T., Prete, M., Tuck, L., Richoz, N., Tuong, Z. K., Campos, L., Mousa, H. S., Needham, E. J., Pritchard, S., Li, T., Elmentaite, R., Park, J., Rahmani, E. ... Teichmann, S. A. (2022). Cross-tissue immune cell analysis reveals tissue-specific features in humans. Science, 376 (6594) eabl5197, eabl5197. doi: 10.1126/science.abl5197

  • Yao, Yikun, Du Jiang, Ping, Chao, Brittany N., Cagdas, Deniz, Kubo, Satoshi, Balasubramaniyam, Arasu, Zhang, Yu, Shadur, Bella, NaserEddin, Adeeb, Folio, Les R., Schwarz, Benjamin, Bohrnsen, Eric, Zheng, Lixin, Lynberg, Matthew, Gottlieb, Simone, Leney-Greene, Michael A., Park, Ann Y., Tezcan, Ilhan, Akdogan, Ali, Gocmen, Rahsan, Onder, Sevgen, Rosenberg, Avi, Soilleux, Elizabeth J., Johnson, Errin, Jackson, Peter K., Demeter, Janos, Chauvin, Samuel D., Paul, Florian, Selbach, Matthias ... Lenardo, Michael J. (2022). GIMAP6 regulates autophagy, immune competence, and inflammation in mice and humans. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 219 (6) e20201405, 1-29. doi: 10.1084/jem.20201405

  • Li, Zhi, Tuong, Zewen K., Dean, Isaac, Willis, Claire, Gaspal, Fabrina, Fiancette, Rémi, Idris, Suaad, Kennedy, Bethany, Ferdinand, John R., Peñalver, Ana, Cabantous, Mia, Murtuza Baker, Syed, Fry, Jeremy W., Carlesso, Gianluca, Hammond, Scott A., Dovedi, Simon J., Hepworth, Matthew R., Clatworthy, Menna R. and Withers, David R. (2022). In vivo labeling reveals continuous trafficking of TCF-1+ T cells between tumor and lymphoid tissue. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 219 (6) e20210749, 1-27. doi: 10.1084/jem.20210749

  • Kotagiri, Prasanti, Mescia, Federica, Hanson, Aimee L., Turner, Lorinda, Bergamaschi, Laura, Peñalver, Ana, Richoz, Nathan, Moore, Stephen D., Ortmann, Brian M., Dunmore, Benjamin J., Morgan, Michael D., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Göttgens, Berthold, Toshner, Mark, Hess, Christoph, Maxwell, Patrick. H., Clatworthy, Menna. R., Nathan, James A., Bradley, John R., Lyons, Paul A., Burrows, Natalie and Smith, Kenneth G.C. (2022). The impact of hypoxia on B cells in COVID-19. eBioMedicine, 77 103878, 103878. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2022.103878

  • Kotagiri, Prasanti, Mescia, Federica, Rae, William M., Bergamaschi, Laura, Tuong, Zewen K., Turner, Lorinda, Hunter, Kelvin, Gerber, Pehuén P., Hosmillo, Myra, Hess, Christoph, Clatworthy, Menna R., Goodfellow, Ian G., Matheson, Nicholas J., McKinney, Eoin F., Wills, Mark R., Gupta, Ravindra K., Bradley, John R., Bashford-Rogers, Rachael J.M., Lyons, Paul A. and Smith, Kenneth G.C. (2022). B cell receptor repertoire kinetics after SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination. Cell Reports, 38 (7) 110393, 110393. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2022.110393

  • Uzzan, Mathieu, Martin, Jerome C., Mesin, Luka, Livanos, Alexandra E., Castro-Dopico, Tomas, Huang, Ruiqi, Petralia, Francesca, Magri, Giuliana, Kumar, Shashi, Zhao, Qing, Rosenstein, Adam K., Tokuyama, Minami, Sharma, Keshav, Ungaro, Ryan, Kosoy, Roman, Jha, Divya, Fischer, Jeremy, Singh, Harpriya, Keir, Mary E., Ramamoorthi, Nandhini, Gorman, William E. O’, Cohen, Benjamin L., Rahman, Adeeb, Cossarini, Francesca, Seki, Akihiro, Leyre, Louise, Vaquero, Sonia Tejedor, Gurunathan, Sakteesh, Grasset, Emilie K. ... Mehandru, Saurabh (2022). Ulcerative colitis is characterized by a plasmablast-skewed humoral response associated with disease activity. Nature Medicine, 28 (4), 766-779. doi: 10.1038/s41591-022-01680-y

  • Krueger, Annika, Zaugg, Julian, Chisholm, Sarah, Linedale, Richard, Lachner, Nancy, Teoh, Siok Min, Tuong, Zewen K., Lukowski, Samuel W., Morrison, Mark, Soyer, H. Peter, Hugenholtz, Philip, Hill, Michelle M. and Frazer, Ian H. (2022). Secreted toxins from Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from keratinocyte skin cancers mediate pro-tumorigenic inflammatory responses in the skin. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12 789042, 789042. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.789042

  • Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Stewart, Benjamin J., Guo, Shuang Andrew and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2022). Epigenetics and tissue immunity—translating environmental cues into functional adaptations*. Immunological Reviews, 305 (1), 111-136. doi: 10.1111/imr.13036

  • Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Loudon, Kevin W., Berry, Brendan, Richoz, Nathan, Jones, Julia, Tan, Xiao, Nguyen, Quan, George, Anne, Hori, Satoshi, Field, Sarah, Lynch, Andy G., Kania, Katarzyna, Coupland, Paul, Babbage, Anne, Grenfell, Richard, Barrett, Tristan, Warren, Anne Y., Gnanapragasam, Vincent, Massie, Charlie and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2021). Resolving the immune landscape of human prostate at a single-cell level in health and cancer. Cell Reports, 37 (12) 110132, 110132. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.110132

  • Mulderrig, Lee, Garaycoechea, Juan I., Tuong, Zewen K., Millington, Christopher L., Dingler, Felix A., Ferdinand, John R., Gaul, Liam, Tadross, John A., Arends, Mark J., O’Rahilly, Stephen, Crossan, Gerry P., Clatworthy, Menna R. and Patel, Ketan J. (2021). Aldehyde-driven transcriptional stress triggers an anorexic DNA damage response. Nature, 600 (7887), 158-163. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-04133-7

  • Tuong, Zewen K., Lukowski, Samuel W., Nguyen, Quan H., Chandra, Janin, Zhou, Chenhao, Gillinder, Kevin, Bashaw, Abate A., Ferdinand, John R., Stewart, Benjamin J., Teoh, Siok Min, Hanson, Sarah J., Devitt, Katharina, Clatworthy, Menna R., Powell, Joseph E. and Frazer, Ian H. (2021). A model of impaired Langerhans cell maturation associated with HPV induced epithelial hyperplasia. iScience, 24 (11) 103326, 103326. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2021.103326

  • Lynall, Mary-Ellen, Kigar, Stacey L., Lehmann, Michael L., DePuyt, Allison E., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Listwak, Samuel J., Elkahloun, Abdel G., Bullmore, Edward T., Herkenham, Miles and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2021). B-cells are abnormal in psychosocial stress and regulate meningeal myeloid cell activation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 97, 226-238. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2021.08.002

  • Zeng, Zhen, Veitch, Margaret, Kelly, Gabrielle A., Tuong, Zewen K., Cruz, Jazmina G., Frazer, Ian H. and Wells, James W. (2021). IFN-γ critically enables the intratumoural infiltration of CXCR3+ CD8+ T cells to drive squamous cell carcinoma regression. Cancers, 13 (9) 2131, 2131. doi: 10.3390/cancers13092131

  • Zhou, Chenhao, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Lukowski, Samuel Wieslaw, Chandra, Janin and Frazer, Ian H. (2021). Antigen nonspecific induction of distinct regulatory T cell states in oncogene-driven hyperproliferative skin. ImmunoHorizons, 5 (2), 102-116. doi: 10.4049/immunohorizons.2100006

  • Chandra, Janin, Teoh, Siok Min, Kuo, Paula, Tolley, Lynn, Bashaw, Abate Assefa, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Liu, Yang, Chen, Zibin, Wells, James W., Yu, Chengzhong, Frazer, Ian H. and Yu, Meihua (2021). Manganese-doped silica-based nanoparticles promote the efficacy of antigen-specific immunotherapy. The Journal of Immunology, 206 (5), ji2000355-998. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.2000355

  • Stephenson, Emily, Reynolds, Gary, Botting, Rachel A., Calero-Nieto, Fernando J., Morgan, Michael D., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Bach, Karsten, Sungnak, Waradon, Worlock, Kaylee B., Yoshida, Masahiro, Kumasaka, Natsuhiko, Kania, Katarzyna, Engelbert, Justin, Olabi, Bayanne, Spegarova, Jarmila Stremenova, Wilson, Nicola K., Mende, Nicole, Jardine, Laura, Gardner, Louis C. S., Goh, Issac, Horsfall, Dave, McGrath, Jim, Webb, Simone, Mather, Michael W., Lindeboom, Rik G. H., Dann, Emma, Huang, Ni, Polanski, Krzysztof, Prigmore, Elena ... Haniffa, Muzlifah (2021). Single-cell multi-omics analysis of the immune response in COVID-19. Nature Medicine, 27 (5), 904-916. doi: 10.1038/s41591-021-01329-2

  • Kobayashi, Takumi, Lam, Pui Yeng, Jiang, Hui, Bednarska, Karolina, Gloury, Renee Elyse, Murigneux, Valentine, Tay, Joshua, Jacquelot, Nicolas, Li, Rui, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Leggatt, Graham, Gandhi, Maher K., Hill, Michelle M, Belz, Gabrielle T., Ngo, Shyuan, Kallies, Axel and Mattarollo, Stephen R. (2020). Increased lipid metabolism impairs NK cell function and mediates adaptation to the lymphoma environment. Blood, 136 (26), 3004-3017. doi: 10.1182/blood.2020005602

  • Fitzpatrick, Zachary, Frazer, Gordon, Ferro, Ashley, Clare, Simon, Bouladoux, Nicolas, Ferdinand, John, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Negro-Demontel, Maria Luciana, Kumar, Nitin, Suchanek, Ondrej, Tajsic, Tamara, Harcourt, Katherine, Scott, Kirsten, Bashford-Rogers, Rachel, Helmy, Adel, Reich, Daniel S, Belkaid, Yasmine, Lawley, Trevor D, McGavern, Dorian B and Clatworthy, Menna R (2020). Gut-educated IgA plasma cells defend the meningeal venous sinuses. Nature, 587 (7834), 472-476. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2886-4

  • Inaba, Akimichi, Tuong, Zewen K., Riding, Alexandra M., Mathews, Rebeccah J., Martin, Jack L., Saeb-Parsy, Kourosh and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2020). B lymphocyte-derived CCL7 augments neutrophil and monocyte recruitment, exacerbating acute kidney injury. Journal of Immunology, 205 (5), 1376-1384. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.2000454

  • Tuong, Zewen Kelvin and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2020). Organ immune responses — don’t forget the structural cells. Nature Reviews Nephrology, 16 (10), 570-571. doi: 10.1038/s41581-020-00334-x

  • Castro-Dopico, Tomas, Fleming, Aaron, Dennison, Thomas W., Ferdinand, John R., Harcourt, Katherine, Stewart, Benjamin J., Cader, Zaeem, Tuong, Zewen K., Jing, Chenzhi, Lok, Laurence S. C., Mathews, Rebeccah J., Portet, Anaïs, Kaser, Arthur, Clare, Simon and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2020). GM-CSF Calibrates Macrophage Defense and Wound Healing Programs during Intestinal Infection and Inflammation. Cell Reports, 32 (1) 107857, 107857. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107857

  • Jing, Chenzhi, Castro-Dopico, Tomas, Richoz, Nathan, Tuong, Zewen K., Ferdinand, John R., Lok, Laurence S C, Loudon, Kevin W., Banham, Gemma D., Mathews, Rebeccah J., Cader, Zaeem, Fitzpatrick, Susan, Bashant, Kathleen R., Kaplan, Mariana J., Kaser, Arthur, Johnson, Randall S., Murphy, Michael P., Siegel, Richard M. and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2020). Macrophage metabolic reprogramming presents a therapeutic target in lupus nephritis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117 (26), 15160-15171. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2000943117

  • Tuong, Zewen, Lewandowski, Andrew, Bridge, Jennifer, Gonzalez-Cruz, Jazmina, Yamada, Miko, Lambie, Duncan, Lewandowski, Richard, Steptoe, Raymond, Leggatt, Graham, Simpson, Fiona, Frazer, Ian, Soyer, Peter and Wells, James W. (2019). Cytokine/chemokine profiles in squamous cell carcinoma correlate with precancerous and cancerous disease stage. Scientific Reports, 9 (1) 17754, 17754. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-54435-0

  • Bashaw, Abate Assefa, Teoh, Siok M., Tuong, Zewen K., Leggatt, Graham R., Frazer, Ian H. and Chandra, Janin (2019). HPV16 E7-driven epithelial hyperplasia promotes impaired antigen presentation and regulatory T cell development. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 139 (12), 2467-2476.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2019.03.1162

  • Devitt, Katharina, Hanson, Sarah J., Tuong, Zewen K., McMeniman, Erin, Soyer, H. Peter, Frazer, Ian H. and Lukowski, Samuel W. (2019). Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals cell type-specific HPV expression in hyperplastic skin lesions. Virology, 537, 14-19. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2019.08.007

  • Ng, Hwee-Ing, Tuong, Zewen K., Fernando, Germain J. P., Depelsenaire, Alexandra C. I., Meliga, Stefano C., Frazer, Ian H. and Kendall, Mark A. F. (2019). Microprojection arrays applied to skin generate mechanical stress, induce an inflammatory transcriptome and cell death, and improve vaccine-induced immune responses. npj Vaccines, 4 (1) 41, 41. doi: 10.1038/s41541-019-0134-4

  • Zhou, Chenhao, Tuong, Zewen Kelvin and Frazer, Ian Hector (2019). Papillomavirus immune evasion strategies target the infected cell and the local immune system. Frontiers in Oncology, 9 682, 682. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2019.00682

  • Gu, Zhengying, Liu, Tianqing, Tang, Jie, Yang, Yannan, Song, Hao, Tuong, Zewen K., Fu, Jianye and Yu, Chengzhong (2019). Mechanism of iron oxide-induced macrophage activation: the impact of composition and the underlying signaling pathway. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141 (15) jacs.8b10904, 6122-6126. doi: 10.1021/jacs.8b10904

  • Kuo, Paula, Teoh, Siok Min, Tuong, Zewen K., Leggatt, Graham R., Mattarollo, Stephen R. and Frazer, Ian H. (2018). Recruitment of antigen presenting cells to skin draining lymph node from HPV16E7-expressing skin requires E7-Rb interaction. Frontiers in Immunology, 9 2896, 2896. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.02896

  • Zammit, Andrew P., Sinha, Rohit, Cooper, Caroline L., Perry, Christopher F. L., Frazer, Ian H. and Tuong, Zewen K. (2018). Examining the contribution of smoking and HPV towards the etiology of oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma using high-throughput sequencing: a prospective observational study. PLoS One, 13 (10) e0205406, e0205406. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205406

  • Lukowski, S. W., Tuong, Z. K., Noske, K., Senabouth, A., Nguyen, Q. H., Andersen, S. B., Soyer, H. P., Frazer, I. H. and Powell, J. E. (2018). Detection of HPV E7 transcription at single-cell resolution in epidermis. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 138 (12), 2558-2567. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2018.06.169

  • Kuo, Paula, Tuong, Zewen K, Teoh, Siok Min, Frazer, Ian H, Mattarollo, Stephen and Leggatt, Graham R (2018). HPV16E7 Induced Hyperplasia Promotes CXCL9/10 Expression and Induces CXCR3+ T cell Migration to Skin. The Journal of investigative dermatology, 138 (6), 1348-1359. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2017.12.021

  • He, Xuzhi, Cruz, Jazmina L., Joseph, Shannon, Pett, Nicola, Chew, Hui Yi, Tuong, Zewen K., Okano, Satomi, Kelly, Gabrielle, Veitch, Margaret, Simpson, Fiona and Wells, James W. (2018). Characterization of 7A7, an anti-mouse EGFR monoclonal antibody proposed to be the mouse equivalent of cetuximab. Oncotarget, 9 (15), 12250-12260. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.24242

  • McKee, Sara J., Tuong, Zewen K., Kobayashi, Takumi, Doff, Brianna L., Soon, Megan S. F ., Nissen, Michael, Lam, Pui Yeng, Keane, Colm, Vari, Frank, Moi, Davide, Mazzieri, Roberta, Leggatt, Graham, Gandhi, Maher K. and Mattarollo, Stephen R. (2018). B cell lymphoma progression promotes the accumulation of circulating Ly6Clo monocytes with immunosuppressive activity. OncoImmunology, 7 (2) e1393599, e1393599. doi: 10.1080/2162402X.2017.1393599

  • Bashaw, Abate Assefa, Leggatt, Graham R., Chandra, Janin, Tuong, Zewen K. and Frazer, Ian H. (2017). Modulation of antigen presenting cell functions during chronic HPV infection. Papillomavirus Research, 4, 58-65. doi: 10.1016/j.pvr.2017.08.002

  • Tuong, Z. K., Noske, K., Kuo, P., Bashaw, A. A., Teoh, S. M. and Frazer, I. H. (2017). Murine HPV16 E7-expressing transgenic skin effectively emulates the cellular and molecular features of human high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions. Papillomavirus Research, 5, 6-20. doi: 10.1016/j.pvr.2017.10.001

  • Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Fitzsimmons, Rebecca, Wang, Shu-Ching Mary, Oh, Tae Gyu, Lau, Patrick, Steyn, Frederik, Thomas, Gethin and Muscat, George E. O. (2016). Transgenic adipose-specific expression of the nuclear receptor RORα drives a striking shift in fat distribution and impairs glycemic control. EBioMedicine, 11, 101-117. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.08.027

  • Zhussupbekova, Samal, Sinha, Rohit, Kuo, Paula, Lambert, Paul F., Frazer, Ian H. and Tuong, Zewen K. (2016). A mouse model of hyperproliferative human epithelium validated by keratin profiling ahows an aberrant cytoskeletal response to injury. Ebiomedicine, 9, 314-323. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.06.011

  • Goode, Joel M., Pearen, Michael A., Tuong, Zewen K., Wang, Shu-Ching M., Oh, Tae Gyu, Shao, Emily X. and Muscat, George E. (2016). The nuclear receptor, Nor-1, induces the physiological responses associated with excercise. Molecular Endocrinology, 30 (6), 660-676. doi: 10.1210/me.2015-1300

  • Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Lau, Patrick, Du, Ximing, Condon, Nicholas D., Goode, Joel M., Oh, Tae Gyu, Yeo, Jeremy C., Muscat, George E. O. and Stow, Jennifer L. (2016). RORα and 25-hydroxycholesterol crosstalk regulates lipid droplet homeostasis in macrophages. PLoS ONE, 11 (1) e0147179, e0147179. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147179

  • Lau, Patrick, Tuong, Zewen K., Wang, Shu-Ching, Fitzsimmons, Rebecca L., Goode, Joel M., Thomas, Gethin P., Cowin, Gary J., Pearen, Michael A., Mardon, Karine, Stow, Jennifer L. and Muscat, George E. O. (2015). Ror-alpha deficiency and decreased adiposity are associated with induction of thermogenic gene expression in subcutaneous white and brown adipose tissue. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, 308 (2), E159-E171. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00056.2014

  • Pearen, Michael A., Goode, Joel M., Fitzsimmons, Rebecca L., Eriksson, Natalie A., Thomas, Gethin P., Cowin, Gary J., Wang, S.-C. Mary, Tuong, Zewen K. and Muscat, George E. O. (2013). Muscle specific Nor-1 expression regulates multiple pathways that effect adiposity, metabolism and endurance. Molecular Endocrinology, 27 (11), 1897-1917. doi: 10.1210/me.2013-1205

  • Tuong, Zewen K., Lau, Patrick, Yeo, Jeremy C., Pearen, Michael A., Wall, Adam A., Stanley, Amanda C., Stow, Jennifer L. and Muscat, George E. O. (2013). Disruption of Rorα1 and cholesterol 25-hydroxylase expression attenuates phagocytosis in male Rorαsg/sg mice. Endocrinology, 154 (1), 140-149. doi: 10.1210/en.2012-1889

Conference Publication

  • Nikolic, M., Barnes, J.L., Yoshida, M., He, P., Worlock, K.B., Lindeboom, R.G.H., Suo, C., Pett, J.P., Wilbrey-Clark, A., Dann, E., Mamanova, L., Richardson, L., Polanski, K., Pennycuick, A., Allen-Hyttinen, J., Herczeg, I., Arzili, R., Hynds, R.E., Teixeira, V.H., Haniffa, M., Lim, K., Sun, D., Rawlins, E.L., Oliver, A., Lyons, P.A., Marioni, J.C., Ruhrberg, C., Tuong, Z.K., Clatworthy, M.R. ... Meyer, K.B. (2024). Early Human Lung Immune Cell Development and Its Role in Epithelial Cell Fate. American Thoracic Society. doi: 10.1164/ajrccm-conference.2024.209.1_meetingabstracts.a7456

  • Zanluqui, Nagela Ghabdan, Fitzpatrick, Zachary, Rosenblum, Jared S., Tuong, Zewen Kelvin, Chandrashekhar, Vikram, Negro-Demontel, Maria Luciana, Allinson, Kieren S. J., Mastorakos, Panagiotis, Chittiboina, Prashant, Maric, Dragan, Donahue, Danielle, Ferdinand, John R., Portet, Anais, Penalver, Ana, Gillman, Eleanor, Zhuang, Zhengping, Clatworthy, Menna R. and McGavern, Dorian B. (2023). Venous plexus-associated lymphoid hubs support meningeal humoral immunity. Immunology 2023™ Meeting, Washington, DC United States, 11-15 May 2023. Rockville, MD United States: American Association of Immunologists. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.210.supp.76.23

  • Suchanek, Ondrej, Ferdinand, John R., Wijeyesinghe, Sathi, Tuong, Zewen K., Clare, Simon, Rogers, Rachael Bashford, Chandra, Anita, Mahbubani, Krishnaa, Lawley, Trevor, Okkenhaug, Klaus, Masopust, David and Clatworthy, Menna R. (2021). Tissue-resident B cells orchestrate macrophage phenotype and function in non-lymphoid organs. HOBOKEN: WILEY.

  • Suchanek, Ondrej, Wijeyesinghe, Sathi, Ferdinand, John, Tuong, Zewen K., Chandra, Anita, Clare, Simon, Bashford-Rogers, Rachael, Lawley, Trevor, Okkenhaug, Klaus, Masopust, David and Clatworthy, Menna (2020). MO064 Tissue-resident b cells determine susceptibility to urinary tract infection by orchestrating macrophage polarisation. 57th ERA-EDTA Congress Abstracts, Virtual, 6-9 June 2020. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfaa140.mo064

  • Kobayashi, T., Tuong, K., Man, K., Mckee, S., Leggatt, G., Kallies, A. and Mattarollo, S. (2016). Altered nutrient levels caused by B cell lymphoma leads to dysfunctional natural killer cells. ICI 2016 International Congress of Immunology, Melbourne, Australia, 21-26 August 2016. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley.

  • Tuong, Z. K. , Kuo, P. , Sinha, R. , Tolley, L. and Frazer, I. H. (2016). Exhausted T cell signature enriched in HPV16 E7 mouse model and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade III. ICI 2016 International Congress of Immunology, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 21-26 August 2016. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH. doi: 10.1002/eji.201670200

  • Frazer, I, Mattarollo, S., Leggatt, G., Wells, J., Tuong, K., Kuo, P., Jazayeri, S., Lambert, P. and Chandra, J. (2016). Immunotherapy for persisting viral infection and associated cancer. ICI 2016 International Congress of Immunology, Melbourne, Australia, 21-26 August 2016. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley.

  • Kuo, P., Tuong, K., Mattarollo, S. and Frazer, I. (2016). Pre-malignant immune suppressive environment is dependent on HPV16E7-Rb interaction induced epithelium hyperplasia. International Congress of Immunology (ICI), Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 21-26 August 2016. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley - VCH. doi: 10.1002/eji.201670200

  • Pearen, Michael A., Goode, Joel M., Tuong, Kelvin Z., Fitzsimmons, Rebecca Lee, Shao, Emily and Muscat, George E. O. (2014). The Orphan Nuclear Receptor Nor-1/NR4A3 Is Involved in Exercise-Dependent Signaling and Phenotypes. WASHINGTON: ENDOCRINE SOC.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The direct linkage of adaptive immune receptor repertoire with cellular phenotypes from single-cell sequencing technology has proven to be a powerful tool in understanding lymphocyte development and function in healthy and disease contexts. Multi-omics analysis leverages data from different modalities e.g. transcriptomics, epigenetics, proteomics. Recent advances has successfully integrated the data modalities to study cellular biology at an unprecedented resolution. However, unlike the other data modalities, which are largely continuous data, single-cell adaptive immune receptor sequencing (scVDJ-seq) data are a mixture of categorical and continuous data which poses additional challenges for integration. It consists of annotations of variable (V), diversity (D) and joining (J) genes, which are selected and recombined during B/T-cell development. The technology to profile this at the single cell level with paired gene expression data is relatively new. I have led the development of Dandelion, a scVDJ-seq software framework which has been used to deeply profile single-cell lymphocyte biology and I aim to expand on the its capabilities for immunology research.