DR John Stambas

DR John Stambas


  • Immunology (Vaccines, influenza virus and HIV)



  • Dr John Stambas has extensive cellular immunology and vaccine design experience across both bacterial and viral infection animal models (Listeria monocytogenes, Mycobacterium avium, influenza A virus, vaccinia virus, SIV and HIV). Dr Stambas graduated with a PhD in cellular immunology in 2001 from the laboratory of Assoc. Prof Christina Cheers, University of Melbourne. His PhD work resulted in 2 publications and the filing of a patent for the discovery of a mucosal adjuvant (PCT AU01/00669, 2001). He was co-founder of IgA Vax Pty. Ltd. in 2003, a company set up to exploit the intellectual property generated. Full commercialisation of IgA Vax Pty. Ltd. was secured in late 2006 by Sciventures Investments. In 2002, Dr Stambas accepted a post-doctoral position at St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA, in the laboratory of Laureate Prof. Peter Doherty to study CD8+ T cell responses following influenza infection and prime-boost vaccination strategies against HIV. He then returned to the Microbiology and Immunology Department, University of Melbourne under the umbrella of Prof. Peter Doherty's group in July 2004 to continue to study CD8+ T cell immunity. He currently holds a C.R. Roper Fellowship and leads a small group studying vaccine-induced CD8+ T cell responses. Dr Stambas has developed strong international and local collaborations with highly respected researchers including Prof. Ralph Tripp, Chair of Georgia Research Alliance, University of Georgia, Athens, USA, Prof. Warwick Britton, Centenary Institute, NSW (University of Melbourne Joint Research Project grant), Dr Andrew Lew, WEHI (NHMRC Project Grant 508902), Dr Charani Ranasinghe (NHMRC Project Grant 525431), ANU and Prof. Stephen Kent, (ACH2 Grant, CIA of this proposal), University of Melbourne. Since his return to Melbourne in mid 2004, Dr Stambas has been able to secure 5 highly competitive research grants as Chief Investigator: (i) the Early Career Researcher Grant, University of Melbourne,   


Member of

  • American Association of Immunologists. Overseas 2003 -
  • Australasian Society for Immunology. Full 1996 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2008-2009 Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2) (backdated from July 2008-Dec 2009) Investigators: John Stambas (CIA), Rob De Rose (CIB), Stephen Kent (AI), Stephen Turner (AI) and Richard Webby (AI). Subject of application: Development of recombinant influenza-SIV vaccines Amount received: $165,000 2009 NHMRC Project Grant (2009-2011). Application Number: 525431 Investigators: Charani Ranasinghe (CIA), Ian Ramshaw (AI), Alistair Ramsay (AI) and John Stambas (AI). Subject of application: Enhancement of mucosal immunity and CTL avidity against HIV-1. Amount received: $531,500   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2001
  • BSc. (Hon), University of Melbourne 1996

Awards and honors

  • Best Presentation in a Research Cluster, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences Research Conference, Deakin University, 2008
  • Travel Award, Contributing to Australian Scholarship and Science Foundation, 2006
  • Melbourne Abroad Scholarship Scheme for Postgraduates, School of Graduate Studies, University of Melbourne, 1998
  • University of Melbourne Postgraduate studentship, University of Melbourne, 1996
  • major Bartlett Travel Award, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, 1996