Iain Comerford

Dr Iain Comerford

Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Comerford has made important contributions in the area of the molecular control of cell migration in models of human disease, including autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and also in cancer. These include dissecting the role of atypical chemokine receptors in cell migration during immune responses and revealing the role of specific chemokine receptors in the control of T cell migration to the CNS and to solid tumours. His current research focuses on identification of novel factors involved in T cell recruitment in vivo, with applications in infectious disease, autoimmunity and cancer. 

Dr Comerford holds project grant funding from the NHMRC, Cancer Council SA and has held grants and a fellowship from Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia and grants from the NHMRC.

Dr Comerford currently delivers lectures and tutorials on Immunology to Science students at the University of Adelaide from second through to third year. 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor The ontogeny and fate of pathogenic T cells in autoimmunity Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Caleb Wong Han
    2021 Co-Supervisor Enhancing CAR-T Cell Therapy in Solid Tumours Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Elaheh Rohani Rad
    2019 Principal Supervisor Understanding the molecular mechanisms of inflammatory T cell subsets Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aaron Han Siang Heng
    2019 Co-Supervisor Investigate the Degenerative Features of the Cervical Facet Joints Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Miss Elaheh Rohani Rad
    2018 Co-Supervisor The role of chemokine receptors in the trafficking and development of Type I Regulatory Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Caitlin Abbott
    2017 Co-Supervisor The Chemokine and Chemokine Receptor System and its Involvement in Regulation of the Immune System Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Timona Stavros Tyllis
    2017 Co-Supervisor Investigating the contribution of chemokine receptors to the fate and function of CD8+ T cells during an immune response Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Todd Simon Norton
    2016 Co-Supervisor The role of atypical chemokine receptor ACKR4 in anti-tumour immunity in melanoma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Jade Hui Yu Foeng
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Modulation of BRAFV600E Signalling in Melanoma and Colorectal Cancer: Consequences for Tumour Immune Cell Infiltration Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Madeleine Louisa Massy-Westropp
    2016 - 2020 Principal Supervisor DEPDC5 is a metabolic checkpoint regulator in the B cell AA-mTORC1 pathway Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jasmine Joy Wilson
    2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Trafficking of IL-17-Producing Gamma Delta T Cells During Homeostasis and Inflammation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Duncan Robert McKenzie
    2014 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Characterisation of human dental pulp stem cells in an animal model of multiple sclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Kerrie Louise Foyle
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Chemokine-mediated control of immunity to tumours and infectious pathogens Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Carly Whyte
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The role of chemokine receptors CCR2 and CXCR5 in CD8 positive T cell biology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Kevin Aaron Fenix
    2012 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Novel modalities of T and B lymphocyte migration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ervin Ender Kara
    2010 - 2010 Co-Supervisor The Role of Class IA PI3K? in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sarah Haylock-Jacobs
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor The Role of the Atypical Chemokine Receptor CCX-CKR in Thymocyte Development and its Influence on the Link Between Innate and Adaptive Immunity Through Regulation of Dendritic Cell Migration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mark Daniel Bunting
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor The Role of the Atypical Chemokine Receptor CCX-CKR in Progression and Metastasis of Cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Yuka Harata-Lee
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Chair Australasian Society for Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 Australasian Society for Immunology Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Council Australasian Society for Immunology Australia
  • Position: Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83131127
  • Email: iain.comerford@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7532
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Molecular Life Sciences, floor 5
  • Room: 5 01e
  • Org Unit: Molecular and Biomedical Science

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