Associate Professor Kristen Radford

Honorary Associate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine


A/Prof Kristen Radford is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC CDA Level 2 fellow. She completed her PhD in 1997 from the University of Newcastle, NSW and was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year in 1998. She then undertook a postdoctoral position at Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London (now Cancer Research UK) developing new dendritic cell-based vaccine strategies for cancer immunotherapy. She joined Mater Research in 2001 and played a key role in obtaining the preclinical data that justified the first blood dendritic cell vaccine trial in prostate cancer that was completed in 2009. Her research interests are focussed on understanding basic dendritic cell biology in humans and applying this knowledge to develop more potent cancer vaccines.

Areas of expertise:

  • human immunology
  • dendritic cells
  • cancer immunology
  • immunotherapy
  • humanised mice

Techniques used / available:

  • humanised mice
  • flow cytometry
  • human immune cell isolation and function
  • human dendritic cell generation


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Book Chapter

  • Radford, Kristen J., Shortman, Ken and O'Keefe, Meredith (2013). Dendritic cells in autoimmune disease. In Noel R. Rose and Ian R. Mackay (Ed.), The autoimmune diseases 5th ed. (pp. 175-186) San Diego, United States: Elsevier.

  • Kassianos, Andrew J., Jongbloed, Sarah L., Hart, Derek N.J. and Radford, Kristen J. (2010). Isolation of Human Blood DC Subtypes. In Shalin H. Naik (Ed.), Dendritic cell protocols 2nd ed. (pp. 45-54) New York , NY, U.S.A.: Humana Press. doi:10.1007/978-1-60761-421-0

  • Vulink, A., Radford, K. J., Melief, C. and Hart, D. N. J. (2008). Dendritic Cells in Cancer Immunotherapy. In Advances in Cancer Research (pp. 363-407) London, U.K.: Elsevier Inc.. doi:10.1016/S0065-230X(07)99006-5

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision