Ana Maria Valencia-Hernandez

Ana Valencia-Hernandez

Postdoctoral Researcher

James Cook University, Australia                                                                                                                               

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Research area keywords

TB vaccines, animal models, TB immunology



Dr Valencia-Hernandez is an early career researcher with international education and expertise in the fields of immunology, intracellular pathogens and vaccine development, and possesses wide-ranging cellular immunology and microbiological skillset. Trained in several murine infection models, she has gained experience in the design of T cell[1]based vaccines. Her work has been published in key journals in the field, such as Cell Host & Microbe, Science Immunology and PLoS ONE. Dr. Valencia-Hernandez focuses on the development of immunisation strategies that promote the generation of tissue-resident memory T cells, important for the local control of tumours and infections. She recently rejoined the TB research field and is studying novel vaccine strategies for the generation of protective tissue-resident memory T cells against tuberculosis and investigating molecular factors that influence long term retention of memory T cells in the lung.


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Key publications

  • Valencia-Hernandez, A. M., … Heath, William., Fernandez-Ruiz, D. (2020). A Natural Peptide Antigen within the Plasmodium Ribosomal Protein RPL6 Confers Liver TRM Cell-Mediated Immunity against Malaria in Mice. Cell Host & Microbe, 1–13.  
  • Masic, A., Valencia-Hernandez, A. M., … Schurigt, U. (2015). Cinnamic acid bornyl ester derivatives from valeriana wallichii exhibit antileishmanial in vivo activity in leishmania major-infected BALB/c Mice. PLoS ONE, 10(11), 1–20.
  • Ghilas, S., Valencia-Hernandez, A. M., Enders, M. H., Heath, W. R., & Fernandez-Ruiz, D. (2020). Resident memory t cells and their role within the liver. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(22), 1–15.