Professor Antje Blumenthal

Professor

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
Faculty of Medicine
a.blumenthal@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 36984

Overview

Professor Antje Blumenthal combines her expertise in immunology and microbiology to lead research on molecular mechanisms that control immune responses to infection, alongside more recently developed research on new antimicrobials. The overall goal of her research is to improve our ability to treat severe bacterial infections as part of the global efforts to overcome the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Prof Blumenthal graduated with a major in Microbiology from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, pursued PhD research in Immunology at the Leibniz Research Center for Medicine and Biosciences Borstel, Germany, and undertook postdoctoral training at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA. She joined The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute in 2010 where she leads the Infection & Inflammation Group, fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations with immunologists, microbiologists, chemists, clinical research teams and industry partners. Her research is enabled by major funding from international and national agencies, and has been recognised internationally and nationally by prestigious awards, speaking invitations at eminent conferences and institutions, invitations to peer-review for esteemed journals and funding agencies. Prof Blumenthal is an enthusiastic undergraduate teacher and research student advisor. She is proactive in advancing the careers of junior scientists, leads the development and implementation of initiatives that promote equity, diversity and inclusion in science, and a positive workplace culture. Through leadership roles within the University and professional societies as well as editorial roles for international journals, Prof Blumenthal actively contributes to the scientific community.

Research Interests

  • Tuberculosis
    - immune response - pathogenesis - novel anti-TB drugs
  • Innate Immunity
    molecular and cellular mechanisms of pathogen recognition, host cell activation and anti-microbial defence
  • Macrophage biology
    infection and inflammation related macrophage functions
  • Inflammation
    molecular regulation of inflammatory responses
  • Sepsis
    immune responses and biomarker discovery

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Lübeck

Publications

  • Sim, Seen Ling, Blumenthal, Antje, Kaur, Simranpreet and Khosrotehrani, Kiarash (2022). Myeloid Wls expression is dispensable for skin wound healing and blood vessel regeneration. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 13. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2022.957833

  • Wilson, Alicia S., Randall, Katrina L., Pettitt, Jessica A., Ellyard, Julia I., Blumenthal, Antje, Enders, Anselm, Quah, Benjamin J., Bopp, Tobias, Parish, Christopher R. and Brüstle, Anne (2022). Neutrophil extracellular traps and their histones promote Th17 cell differentiation directly via TLR2. Nature Communications, 13 (1) 528, 528. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-28172-4

  • Tran, Thao Thanh, Mathmann, Carmen D., Gatica-Andrades, Marcela, Rollo, Rachel F., Oelker, Melanie, Ljungberg, Johanna K., Nguyen, Tam T. K., Zamoshnikova, Alina, Kummari, Lalith K., Wyer, Orry J. K., Irvine, Katharine M., Melo-Bolívar, Javier, Gross, Annette, Brown, Darren, Mak, Jeffrey Y. W., Fairlie, David P., Hansford, Karl A., Cooper, Matthew A., Giri, Rabina, Schreiber, Veronika, Joseph, Shannon R., Simpson, Fiona, Barnett, Timothy C., Johansson, Jörgen, Dankers, Wendy, Harris, James, Wells, Timothy J., Kapetanovic, Ronan, Sweet, Matthew J. ... Blumenthal, Antje (2022). Inhibition of the master regulator of Listeria monocytogenes virulence enables bacterial clearance from spacious replication vacuoles in infected macrophages. PLoS Pathogens, 18 (1) e1010166, e1010166. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1010166

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision