Associate Professor Charani Ranasinghe

BSc (Uni. Rouen, France), MPhil (Uni. Colombo), PhD (UWA)
Associate Professor and Group Leader (Honorary)
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: +61 2 6125 4706

Areas of expertise

  • Infectious Diseases 110309
  • Cellular Immunology 110704
  • Immunology 1107
  • Medical Molecular Engineering Of Nucleic Acids And Proteins 100403
  • Cellular Interactions (Incl. Adhesion, Matrix, Cell Wall) 060106
  • Medical Virology 110804
  • Immunology Not Elsewhere Classified 110799

Research interests

Mucosal HIV vaccines (prime boost vaccines), mucosal adjuvants, T and B cell immunity

CD8+ T cell avidity & molecular mecanisms governing their induction

Cytokines/chemokines and their role in mucosal immunity and T cell avidity

L-4 and IL-13 cytokine regulation folowing vaccination

Mucosal homing markers/ bio-markers following mucosal vaccination

Identification of antigen presenting cell subsets and innate lymphoid cells (ILC) following mucosal and systemic vaccination 



Available student projects

Research Opportunities for Students

  • Develop novel vaccines strategies to enhance protective mucosal immunity focusing on HIV-1 vaccines
  • Understand the molecular mechanisms governing the induction of high avidity CD8+ T cells, in the context of IL-4/IL-13
  • Discover novel vaccine adjuvants to enhance mucosal immunity 
  • Identification of antigen presenting cell subsets following mucosal vaccination
  • Study IL-4/IL-13 cytokine and their receptor regulation
  • Study different innate lymphoid cell subsets at the mucosae


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  28 May 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers