Researcher biography

Professor Di Yu is a Chair in Paediatric Immunotherapy, Professor of Immunology, Director of Ian Frazer Centre of Children's Immunotherapy Research, and Head of Systems and Translational T-cell Immunology Laboratory (STTIL) at the University of Queensland. He received his PhD from Australian National University in 2007 and postdoctoral training at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research from 2008-2010. Before joining the University of Queensland, he was a faculty member at Monash University from 2011-2016 and at Australian National University ANU from 2017-2019. By investigating T cell functional subsets in human health and disease, he innovates "systems immunology" approaches to monitor personal immune status and designs new strategies to treat autoimmune diseases, infection, and cancer by controlling immune pathways.

Professor Yu has authored over 100 publications of basic and translational research in immunology, including Nature, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Immunity and Science Immunology. He is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher and among the world's top experts in follicular helper T cells. In recognition of his ground-breaking research, he has received several major awards from Australian Academy of Science (AAS), Australia Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), the Australia and New Zealand Society for Immunology (ASI), Australian National Health and Medical Research Councial (NHMRC) and International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS). He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS).