After completing his doctoral degree in immunogenetics at the University of Bonn, Germany, Golo Ahlenstiel received research fellowship awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) and from the German Research Foundation (DFG, Germany) to work in the Rehermann laboratory at the NIH on the immunopathogenesis of viral hepatitis, in particular the role of innate immunity in HCV infection. He know heads the Immunology Group at Storr Liver Centre at the The Westmead Institute for Medical Research with a focus on innate immunity in the liver and drivers of inflammation in chronic liver and gastrointestinal disease. Golo Ahlenstiel is currently also a Staff Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Westmead Hospital.


Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hepatitis, Immunology


Infection and Immunological Conditions, Healthy Ageing

Clinical Specialty

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Research Focus

Golo Ahlenstiel undertakes basic science and translational research in chronic liver and gastrointestinal disease as well as liver cancer. His research studies drivers of chronic inflammation in liver and gastrointestinal tract with a focus on innate immunity using state of the art GWAS, multicolour flow cytometry and genomics.

The overall aim of Golo Ahlenstiel's research is to better understand the mechanisms that lead to chronicity, fibrogenesis and treatment response in chronic disease as well as liver cancer in order to identify new targets for drug development and biomarkers predicting disease progression.

Other Affiliations

Faculty of Medicine and Health > Westmead Clinical School > Westmead Clinical School








Awards and Recognition

  • 2015: Consultant of the year by Westmead RMO Association
  • 2014: Western Sydney Local Health District - Quality Award, category Local Solutions      
  • 2012: Advanced Trainee of the year by Department of Medicine, Westmead Hospital    
  • 2011: Trainee of the year by Westmead Physician Training Network
  • 2011: Registrar of the year by Westmead RMO Association
  • 2007: Travel Grant Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie
  • 2004: Fellow/Graduate Student Travel Grant