Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck received B.S., Ph.D., M.B.A., F.A.I.C.D. degrees. He serves as the Current Director of the Centre for Animal Biotechnology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, the University of Melbourne (www.cab.unimelb.edu.au). The Centre promotes research in the field of vaccine development, infectious diseases, and sheep as an animal model for human diseases such as asthma. Scheerlinck has an interest in cellular immunology, induction of immune memory, mucosal vaccination, and adjuvant development. After graduating from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) with a B.S. degree (with honors) in 1987, he pursued a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor Patrick De Baetselier at the same University. Subsequently, he investigated immune responses in cattle to the tick borne disease, theileriosis at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1994, he moved to Melbourne to join the Walter and Elisa Hall Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow working on immunity to Leishmania. Two years later, he was appointed Project Leader at the CSIRO, Livestock Industries to develop cytokine-based adjuvants in sheep. In 2000, he joined the Centre for Animal Biotechnology, the University of Melbourne to continue his work on adjuvants and immune regulation. In 2006, he was promoted to Director of the Centre for Animal Biotechnology. In 2008, he was appointed to the ARC College of Experts (biological science and biotechnology) and in 2009, he became the Deputy Head of Department (Parkville) of the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Biography Updated on 18 January 2011