Carola G. Vinuesa is a Royal Society Wolfson Fellow, Principal Group Leader and Professor of Immunology at the Francis Crick Institute and the Australian National University (ANU). She graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Autónoma University of Madrid and has a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK).
Her work has illuminated how T cells regulate B cells and control the quality of antibody responses. She has discovered follicular T cell subsets, molecules, and genes, and the mechanisms by which they promote protective antibody responses and/or prevent autoimmunity and allergy.
She established and directed the ANU Centre of Personalised Immunology and a sister centre at Shanghai’s Renji Hospital, that pioneered the use of whole genome sequencing to identify functional rare gene variants contributing to human autoimmune diseases such as lupus.
Her work has been recognised by prestigious awards including the Australian Science Minister's Prize, the Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk medal, the Ramaciotti medal and the Young Florey CSL medal. She is also fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.