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.

hamish_macwilliam-min