Dr Sara Thygesen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 59769



  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Microbiology), The University of Queensland


  • Clabbers, Max T. B., Holmes, Susannah, Muusse, Timothy W., Vajjhala, Parimala R., Thygesen, Sara J., Malde, Alpeshkumar K., Hunter, Dominic J. B., Croll, Tristan I., Flueckiger, Leonie, Nanson, Jeffrey D., Rahaman, Md. Habibur, Aquila, Andrew, Hunter, Mark S., Liang, Mengning, Yoon, Chun Hong, Zhao, Jingjing, Zatsepin, Nadia A., Abbey, Brian, Sierecki, Emma, Gambin, Yann, Stacey, Katryn J., Darmanin, Connie, Kobe, Bostjan, Xu, Hongyi and Ve, Thomas (2021). MyD88 TIR domain higher-order assembly interactions revealed by microcrystal electron diffraction and serial femtosecond crystallography. Nature Communications, 12 (1) 2578, 1-14. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22590-6

  • Thygesen, Sara J., Pliego‐Zamora, Adriana and Stacey, Katryn J. (2020). Manipulation of epithelial cell death pathways by Shigella. The EMBO Journal, 39 (17), e106202. doi: 10.15252/embj.2020106202

  • Thygesen, Sara J. and Stacey, Katryn J. (2019). IRF 1 and IRF 2 regulate the non‐canonical inflammasome. EMBO reports, 20 (9) e48891, e48891. doi: 10.15252/embr.201948891

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Book Chapter

  • Sester, David P., Zamoshnikova, Alina, Thygesen, Sara J., Vajjhala, Parimala R., Cridland, Simon O., Schroder, Kate and Stacey, Katryn J. (2016). Assessment of inflammasome formation by flow cytometry. Current protocols in immunology. (pp. 14.40.1-14.40.29) edited by Coligan, John E., Bierer, Barbara, Margulies, David H., Shevach, Ethan M. and Strober, Warren. Hoboken, NJ United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/cpim.13

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Thygesen, Sara Judith, Sester, David P. and Stacey, Katryn J. (2017). NLRP3 and AIM2 inflammasome function in autoimmune NZB/W F1 mouse macrophages. 5th Annual Meeting of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS), Kanazawa, Japan, 29 October - 2 November 2017. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/j.cyto.2017.09.010

  • Stacey, K. J., Vajjhala, P. R., Sagulenko, V, Thygesen, S., Vitak, N. and Sester, D. P. (2016). Cytosolic DNA, HIN-200 proteins and inflammasome activation. International Congress of Immunology (ICI), Melbourne, VIC Australia, 21-26 August 2016. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley.

  • Thygesen, S. J., Sester, D. P., Sagulenko, V. and Stacey, K. J. (2016). Inflammasome function in autoimmunity. International Congress of Immunology (ICI), Melbourne, VIC Australia, 21-26 August 2016. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-Blackwell.

Other Outputs

  • Thygesen, Sara (2018). Inflammasomes and autoimmunity. PhD Thesis, School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2018.424

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision