Dr Joshua Ooi

Research Field: Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases affect more than a million Australians and hundreds of millions of people worldwide. These diseases occur when a person’s immune system attacks their own body; current treatments suppress a patient’s entire immune system, leaving them vulnerable to infections and significant side effects.

Dr Ooi’s research aims to understand why immune systems become misdirected. His team are using insights from these findings to develop new therapies that target the causes of these diseases.

Joshua’s community outreach includes hosting high school students in his laboratory, speaking at community events, and volunteering as a Scientist in School at primary and secondary schools.

Dr Ooi received his PhD from Monash University in 2010, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University.