Professor Ken Beagley

Ken is Deputy Director, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). He is a Professor of Immunology at QUT and the leader of the Infectious Disease Research Program at IHBI, which forms part of IHBI’s Cells and Tissue Domain. Ken was appointed to the role of IHBI Deputy Director in 2010. He has worked in the area of mucosal immunology for the past 25 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Newcastle prior to moving to QUT. Ken’s current research interests focus on immunity to sexually transmitted infections, in particular Chlamydia trachomatis. The aim of these studies is to define and differentiate the immune parameters of immune-mediated inflammatory pathology caused by Chlamydia infection from the immune mechanisms that can protect against chlamydial infection and to use this information to develop effective chlamydial vaccines.