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Doctor Annemarie Laumaea

Senior Research Scientist
Annemarie Laumaea

Annemarie Laumaea is a senior research scientist/research officer in the Burnet Diagnostics Initiative (BDI) Laboratory, with demonstrated research experience in HIV and SARS-CoV-2 molecular and structural biology, particularly HIV envelope glycoproteins gp120 and gp41 and SARS-CoV-2 Spike. Annemarie’s work has seen her contribute to multiple publications as co-author. During her post-doctoral training in Montreal, Canada at the Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de montréal (CRCHUM) in the laboratory of A/Prof Andrés Finzi, Annemarie led two projects: the major one assessing HIV Env conformation on the surface of infected macrophages, and the role of the accessory proteins Nef, Vpu and Vpr play in modulating Env conformation and thereby the susceptibility of these cells toAntibody Dependent Cellullar Cytotoxicity (ADCC). Additionally, the importance of small molecule CD4 mimetics as a tool to aid in depleting the macrophage HIV reservoir. The second project assessed the immune responses of lymphopenic platelet donors to COVID-19 vaccines.  Annemarie’s research interests include studying the molecular and structural biology of HIV, HCV and SARS-CoV-2 surface proteins. In particular, the structure-function analysis of viral glycoproteins and the impact on immunity. She also has a keen interest in understanding antibody functions and their role in immunity to infectious diseases as this is key to developing effective therapeutics. Annemarie is currently involved in the BDI project assessing dimeric IgA (dIgA) as potential therapeutics.

  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology
  • International AIDS Society (IAS)
  • Jan 2023 – current: Senior Research Scientist – BDI – Burnet
  • Adjunct Research Fellow-Monash University Department of Immunology
  • Oct 2019 – Dec 2022: Senior Post-Doctoral Scientist – Finzi Laboratory – CRCHUM
  • Apr 2019 – Oct 2019: Post Doctoral Scientist, RMIT University
  • Jan 2018- Apr 2019: Post Doctoral Scientist, Burnet Institute
  • 2017: PhD University of Melbourne
  • 2019 - Mitacs Acceleration Fellowship