Amy Bleakley

Research assistant

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Plymouth, UK, 2015

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital

Biography:

After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Plymouth in the UK, Amy emigrated to Australia and joined the Child Health Division at the Menzies School of Health Research as a Laboratory Research Assistant in 2017. Her role involves investigation of the microbiological and immunological processes underlying the development of ear and lung infections in children.

With a passion for immunology and extensive laboratory research skills Amy’s research aims to understand the role of infant immune responses to respiratory infection and how early-life immune development contributes to an increased risk of respiratory infection.

Amy is currently involved in two randomised control trials evaluating the use of perinatal vitamin D supplementation and antenatal vaccination as key preventative strategies against early childhood respiratory infections. She will commence PhD studies in early 2022, aiming to characterise neonatal immune responses to common paediatric respiratory pathogens with a focus on the immunomodulatory role of vitamin D supplementation.

Research Themes
  • Child health and development
  • Lungs
  • Child health laboratory research