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Associate Professor John Hayball 

Position: Associate Professor
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
Campus: City East Campus
Office: R4-26(via R4-25)
Telephone: +61 8 830 21202
Fax: +61 8 830 22389
Email: john_dot_hayball_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/john.hayball

Other Contacts

Dr Tamara Cooper
Experimental Therapeutics Lab Group Manager
tamara.cooper@unisa.edu.au: 8302 1139

John holds a tenured research and teaching appointment in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Science. He is Program Director of the Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) program and a Course Coordinator in the Bachelor of Medical Science program.

John is a molecular and cellular immunologist with fundamental interests understanding the processes that control immunological tolerance and immunity in different animals, from the teleost fishes through to humans. He has a particular interest in innate immune recognition of endogenous and exogenous danger signals and how this integrates into normal and pathophysiological processes. He heads the Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory (Sansom Institute) and he directly supports 10 staff and 6 PhD students.

John has a strong track record of project grant funding awarded from a variety of sources including NHMRC and ARC and other national, state and institutional schemes. He has also a long history of highly successful industry engagement, including biotechnology consultancies, commercial research funding and funding from industry-leveraged federal government schemes including ARC Linkage and the Researches-in-Business (Enterprise Connect) schemes. Most recently, he has received over $4mil in research funding from emerging biotechnology company Sementis Ltd to develop from first principles a new viral vaccine vector platform for applications in infectious disease control, allergy and cancer immunotherapy. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has a career h-index of 25.

Links to other sites

Experimental Therapeutics Laboratory web page link

Google Scholar profile web page link

Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) program web page link

Teaching interests

  • Program Director, Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours)
  • Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Vaccinology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Allergy
  • Cancer Biology

I teach the following courses

BIOL 4014Honours Medical and Pharmaceutical Research
BIOL 4015Honours Biomedical Research A
BIOL 3033Cancer Biology

Professional associations

Member, Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (OGTR, Dept Health)

Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee (UniSA)

Founding Member, South Australian Institutional Biosafety Committee Network Forum

Member, Sansom Institute (UniSA)

Associate Member, Hanson Institute (SAPath/Royal Adelaide Hospital)

Affiliate Member, Robinson Research Institute (UniAdl)

Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Medicine (UniAdl)

Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health (UniAdl)

Member, Australasian Society of Immunology

Member, British Society of Immunology


BSc in Organic and Biochemistry, University of Adelaide, 1987.

PhD in Immunology, Imperial College London, 1994.

Diploma of Imperial College in Molecular Biology, Imperial College London, 1995.

Research interests

  • Immunology and Inflammation
  • Vaccinology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Allergy
  • Cancer Biology

Research Degree Supervisor

I supervise a number of honours and doctoral students in the general area of understanding the function and control of the innate and adaptive immune system in disease pathogenesis.
I am also Program Director of the Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours) program.

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