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Thomas Ashhurst, Ph.D

Dr. Thomas Ashhurst is a high-dimensional cytometry specialist with the Sydney Cytometry Core Research Facility, and an Honorary Research Fellow in Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation with the School of Medical Sciences at The University of Sydney. In these roles he leads the development and application of a number of high-dimensional cytometry, imaging, and single-cell sequencing technologies, providing advanced training and consultation for researchers. He also leads a multi-disciplinary ‘systems immunology’ initiative, seeking to comprehensively map the immune response to inflammation and emerging infectious diseases, including viral encephalitis and COVID-19, using high-dimensional single-cell and imaging methods in addition to advanced computational analysis approaches.

Dr. Ashhurst’s training includes a Bachelor of Science (hons) and a Ph.D. in Medicine (Pathology and Immunology) from the University of Sydney, where he investigated the mobilisation of the murine haematopoietic and immune systems in response to viral encephalitis using high-dimensional flow and mass cytometry in the laboratory of Prof. Nicholas King. He was a recipient of a Sydney Medical School travelling fellowship in 2014 to facilitate his training in mass cytometry in the laboratory of Dr. Garry Nolan at Stanford University as a visiting researcher.

Dr. Ashhurst co-leads the Single Cell Biology node of the Charles Perkins Centre, serves as the ‘Systems Cytometry’ & NSW representative of the Systems Immunology special interest group (SIG) of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Immunology, and was awarded a prestigious ISAC Marylou Ingram Scholarship by the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) in 2017. He is a collaborating member of the Human Cell Atlas (HCA) project, and is actively involved in the Australasian Cytometry Society and Oz Single Cell consortium.

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