Dr Swaminathan is a clinician scientist with wide experience in the clinical, research and teaching spheres. He is a Senior Staff Specialist and Head of the Department of Immunology and Allergy at Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals. His clinical interests span a range of immunological conditions including autoimmunity (SLE, connective tissue disorders and systemic vasculitis), allergic disorders (including drug and venom allergy) and secondary immune deficiencies such as HIV-1 infection.
His PhD was completed under the guidance of Professor Anthony Kelleher (Director, Kirby Insitute, UNSW), where he explored the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the pathogenecity of HIV-1 infection. He found a novel link between the expression of a family of highly expressed miRNAs (the let-7 family) and a broadly anti-inflammatory cytokine, IL-10, that was published in the Journal of Immunology and has been cited >100 times since 2012. He was a Post-doctoral Felow at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research under the guidance of Dr H.Clifford Lane, Deputy Director of NIAID and Dr Tomozumi Imamichi.
EBV, miRNA, multiple sclerosis, SLE, autoimmunity, allergy
Clinical Immunology and Allergy