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Dr Stambas is Head of the AAHL CSIRO Deakin Collaborative laboratory, and the School of Medicine Honours Program Coordinator. He completed his BSc (Hons) and PhD in the laboratory of Associate Professor Christina Cheers at the University of Melbourne, where he trained as a cellular immunologist. He then moved to St Jude Childrenís Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2002 to work for Laureate Professor Peter Doherty as a postdoctoral scientist where he developed his skills in viral immunology and HIV vaccine development. Dr Stambas returned to Peter Dohertyís University of Melbourne laboratory in 2004 to continue his research before his move to Deakin University in November 2009.
Dr Stambas serves as the Honours Program Coordinator for the School of Medicine and is cocordinator and lecturer for the Unit SBB321 Molecular Biology Techniques. Dr Stambas supervises honours and PhD students.
Research in Dr Stambasís laboratory is primarily focused on understanding immune responses following virus infection and vaccination. The main scientific aim is to carefully dissect immune responses following infection (influenza virus-including H5N1 and pandemic H1N1 2009) and vaccination (HIV vaccine candidates) to determine relevant immune correlates of protection in order to drive innovative strategies for future vaccine development. Dr Stambas has made a significant contribution to his field as evidenced by publication history (27 peer-reviewed articles to date) and his invitations to speak at national and international conferences.
Dr Stambas has been awarded multiple research grants from local, national and international competitive schemes. These include three NHMRC grants as CI, an NHMRC Strategic Award for H1N1 Medical Research, an Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research grant and a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grant. Dr Stambas has also received the highly competitive C.R. Roper Fellowship.
Dr Stambas has a national and international profile serving as a NHMRC of Australia Project Grant and New Zealand Health Research Council Grant reviewer. He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists and the Australasian Society for Immunology. Dr Stambas has served on the organising committees and chaired sessions for local and national conferences and acts as an ad-hoc reviewer for journals including Journal of Virology, Vaccine, Influenza and other Respiratory infections, and BMC Immunuology. Dr Stambas was a founding member of the World Day for Immunology Victorian Committee, the goal of which is to inform the general public about the importance of immunology, and regularly also attends meetings as part of the BioGeelong steering group.