Scott completed his master’s degree at the University of Manitoba, where he focused on gaining a molecular understanding of virus:pathogen protein interactions in mosquitoes; the vector for West Nile virus. Scott travelled to Sydney in 2009 to undertake a PhD at the Storr Liver Centre under Drs. Mark Douglas and Jacob George. Scott’s PhD focused on understanding the molecular basis of hepatitis C virus treatment failure and its association with insulin resistance. Scott now works as a senior lecturer in the Liver Immunology Group of Dr. Golo Ahlenstiel at the Storr Liver Centre focusing on understanding how genetic and environmental factors can drive interferon lambda mediated inflammation and fibrosis.


Inflammation, innate immunity, molecular biology, HCV, hepatology, gastroenterology


Chronic infection and inflammation

Research Focus

Scott’s research aims to better understand how the immune system drives tissue damage in the context of chronic disease. This is particularly relevant in the gut and liver, where inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) as well as chronic viral infections such as hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) drive persistent immune activation. This can result in extreme tissue damage and discomfort, subsequent scarring, and eventually cancer. We examine the role of macrophages in this context, as they are a key component of the innate immune system, responsible for antigen recognition and presentation, as well as immune cell chemotaxis and activation.

Other Affiliations

Western Sydney University, University of Sydney

Awards and Recognition

2017 Hospital Week Presentation Award

2017 Westmead Institute Early Career Research Award

2016 Sidney & Joan Pestka Post Graduate Award for Excellence in Interferon Research

2016 Westmead Association Research Travel Grant

2014 21st International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses travel award

2014 Australian Gastroenterology Week poster of merit

2013 Australian Liver Association workshop young investigator prize

2013 ACHV silver jubilee award

2009 ASHM junior researcher support award in HIV and viral hepatitis

2011 Queensland Health student travel award

2011 ACHV international travel grant

2011 18th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses travel award