Hamish McWilliam

Spotswood, Victoria

Immunologist, biochemist

A well-rounded researcher who started his career in animal immunology, Hamish is now taking a novel approach to fighting disease-causing bacteria and antibiotic resistance. This post-doctoral fellow at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity is focusing on MR1 – a newly discovered molecular alarm system that captures bacterial waste products and alerts white blood cells of the need to fight a possible infection. As people age or during illness, these defensive systems become less effective. Using chemical-biology techniques acquired at Rockefeller University, Hamish wants to learn exactly how our cells capture the bacterial waste with the view to developing ways of enhancing this molecular alarm system.