Dr. Thomas Ashhurst is a Senior Cytometry Scientist and single-cell specialist with the Sydney Cytometry Core Research Facility, and an Honorary Research Fellow in Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation at The University of Sydney. In these roles he overseas the high-dimensional cytometry, imaging, and single-cell multiomics capabilities of the core facility, and co-leads the new Single Cell Biology node of Charles Perkins Centre. He also leads a multi-disciplinary collaboration in the development of novel high-dimensional cytometry, single-cell, and imaging analysis methods, and the use of these tools in interrogating the immune response against emerging inflammatory and infectious diseases.
Dr. Ashhurst’s training includes a Bachelor of Science (hons) and a Ph.D. in Medicine (Viral Immunopathology) 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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