Meri Tulic

Professor, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2227 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
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Personal profile


A/Prof MK Tulic is a Senior Research Fellow working in Professor Susan Prescott’s laboratory. She has extensive experience in physiology, cellular and molecular laboratory techniques in both animal and human studies in the field of innate immunology. Her work has been widely recognized by both the local and international scientific community. She has had extensive and sustained research productivity with over 45 published peer-review manuscripts in top-ranked journals and most as first or senior author. These publications are widely cited (collectively more than 650 times) and 2 of these have been referred to as 'citation classics'.

Early interests (PhD project) involved studying the role of bacterial products on modification of allergic inflammation in animal models of asthma primarily studying lung mechanics and inflammatory markers in this model. This work has led to publication of 6 first author peer-reviewed articles in top-rated allergy journals and has been recognized by the ICHR Young Investigator Award (1999) and Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand New Investigator Award (2000).

Since then, her postdoctoral work was carried out in Montreal, Canada at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories, McGill University with Prof Hamid’s group. Here she independently developed and characterized a novel ex vivo model of bacterial-induced inflammation using explanted nasal mucosa from young children. This clinical model has generated much international interest and has resulted in publication of 12 manuscripts in high impact journals. In addition, she has been invited to contribute to 9 book chapters and 7 reviews in her field and has personally been invited to present her work at 22 local and 30 international meetings where she has also chaired sessions. Many of these meetings have been possible due to her success in obtaining travel awards (16). In 2003 Dr Tulic won a national Canadian Fellows Competition and in 2002 she was a McGill Respiratory Research Fellow.

In 2004 Dr Tulic was awarded the NH&MRC Peter Doherty Fellowship in recognition of her achievements, which has enabled her to return back home to Perth. Since then she has been successful in attracting a number of major national competitive grants. In July 2006 she took maternity leave for 6 months and has worked part-time since. Her current research interests lie in immune dysregulation and in particular, ontogeny and maturation of Toll (TLR) function in normal and allergic children. Dr Tulic has established strong and ongoing local and international research collaborations (Europe, Canada, US) and is an active reviewer for a number (4) of peer-review journals. She is currently supervising 4 PhD students and has been selected as a member for the planning committee for the UWA Leadership for Women program.

This year Dr Tulic has been awarded the prestigious NHMRC Career Development Award (2009-202012) and has now returned to full-time work to initiate and promote her independent research career.

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Lecturer UWA

Funding overview

• Asthma Research Grant 2009/2010 ($30,000)
• NHMRC Career Development Award 2009-2013 ($382,000)
• Child Health Research Foundation Fellowship 2009-2012 ($340,000; Declined)
• NHMRC Peter Doherty Research Fellow 2004-2008 ($259,000)
• NH&MRC Grant as CIB (Prescott SL: 2007-2010)
• NH&MRC Grant as CID (AHJ van den Biggelaar: 2007-2010)
• Department of Health, New Independent Researcher (NIRIS) Award June 2007-June 2008
• GlaxoSmithKline/CIHR/Canadian Lung Association Fellowship 2003-2004
• Winner of Canadian Fellows Competition 2003
• World Allergy Organization-IAACI Congress (WAO) Travel Award 2003
• American Thoracic Society (ATS) Travel Award 2003
• GlaxoSmithKline/CIHR/Canadian Lung Association Fellowship 2002-2003
• American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) Training Travel Grant (2003)
• McGill Respiratory Research Fellow 2002
• AAAAI Training Travel Grant (2001)
• Ludwig-Engel Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2001-2002)
• Inaugural Asthma Foundation PhD Scholarship (1997-2000)
• TSANZ/Allen & Hanbury’s New Investigator Award 2000
• TSANZ Travel Grant 2000: Melbourne 7-12 April.
• Institute for Child Health Research Young Investigator’s Award for Excellence 1999
• ASCEPT Travel Award 1999: Sydney 5-8 December.
• University WA Postgraduate Travel Award 1999
• Australian Lung Foundation/SensorMedics Travel Award 1998
• Allen & Hanburys Travel Award 1998.
• Best Poster Prize TSANZ 1998: Adelaide 15-18 March
• TSANZ Travel Grant 1998: Adelaide 15-18 March
• ASCEPT Travel Award 1997: Canberra 30-3 December.
• TSANZ Travel Grant 1997: Wellington New Zealand 5-10 April 1997.
• ASCEPT Travel Award 1996: Melbourne 8-11 December.
• Asthma Foundation Vacation Scholarship Summer 1995/1996.

Previous positions

Ludwig Engel and GSK/CIHR/CLA Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Meakins-Christie Laboratories
McGill University, Montreal, CANADA
January 2001-December 2003

NHMRC Peter Doherty Research Fellow
Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (Div Cell Biology)
University of Western Australia, Perth, AUS
January 2004-February 2009

CURRENT POSITION: Research Associate Professor
NHMRC Career Development Award (CDA) Fellow
Childhood Allergy and Immunology Research
School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA, Perth, AUS
March 2009-ongoing

Current projects

Ontogeny of innate immune function in PBMCs and Thymus

Teaching overview

• Pierre Fiset: PhD Candidate 2001 - 2003, McGill University, Montreal. Pierre successfully completed his PhD in 2003 with High Distinction. This work resulted in 4 first-author publications. Currently Dr Fiset is completing his 5th year medical degree at McGill University and is keen to continue doing research to complement his clinical duties.
• Work Experience Program 2008 Participant for St Mary’s Anglican School Girls School, WA
• Nina D’Vaz: PhD Candidate 2007 - current, UWA School of Paediatrics & Child Health
• Megan Hodder: PhD Candidate 2009-current, UWA School of Paediatrics & Child Health
• Sarah Jennings: PhD Candidate 2009-current, UWA School of Paediatrics & Child Health
• Anna Forsberg: Masters student from Sweden, Jan 2009-May 2009

• 2003 Lecture Series in Allergy (Training for Allergists & Immunologists), Montreal Children’s Hospital, Canada
• 2002 Workshop Co-ordinator: 'Local inflammation using Explanted Nasal Mucosa', McGill University, Montreal, Canada
• 2002 Lecture Series and Tutorials in Immunology (Training for 2nd and 3rd year medical students), McGill University, Montreal, Canada
• 2002 Tutorials in Allergy (2 week training course for Masters students), Meakins-Christie Laboratories, Montreal, Canada.
• 2001 Coursework Lectures in ‘Animals Models of Inflammation’ (Training for PhD students), McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
• 1999 Laboratory demonstrator for undergraduate Physiology students, University of Western Australia


allergy, paediatrics, immunology, innate immunity


English and Croatian


  • Cell biology
  • Immunology

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Research Output 1999 2017

11 Citations (Scopus)
13 Citations (Scopus)

Epigenetic Regulation in Early Childhood: A Miniaturized and Validated Method to Assess Histone Acetylation

Harb, H., Amarasekera, M., Ashley, S., Tulic, M., Pfefferle, P. I., Potaczek, D. P., Martino, D., Kesper, D. A., Prescott, S. & Renz, H., 2016, In : International Archives of Allergy and Immunology. 168, 3, p. 173-181

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chromatin Immunoprecipitation
Folic Acid
23 Citations (Scopus)

Lung-gut cross-talk: Evidence, mechanisms and implications for the mucosal inflammatory diseases

Tulic, M. K., Piche, T. & Verhasselt, V., 1 Apr 2016, In : Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 46, 4, p. 519-528 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Immune System
Mucosal Immunity
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Gastrointestinal Diseases
23 Citations (Scopus)

Oral tolerance is inefficient in neonatal mice due to a physiological Vitamin A deficiency

Turfkruyer, M., Rekima, A., Macchiaverni, P., Le Bourhis, L., Muncan, V., Van Den Brink, G. R., Tulic, M. K. & Verhasselt, V., 1 Mar 2016, In : Mucosal Immunology. 9, 2, p. 479-491 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vitamin A Deficiency
Vitamin A
16 Citations (Scopus)

Presence of commensal house dust mite allergen in human gastrointestinal tract: A potential contributor to intestinal barrier dysfunction

Tulic, M. K., Vivinus-Nébot, M., Rekima, A., Medeiros, S. R., Bonnart, C., Shi, H., Walker, A., Dainese, R., Boyer, J., Vergnolle, N., Piche, T. & Verhasselt, V., 1 May 2016, In : Gut. 65, 5, p. 757-766 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dermatophagoides Antigens
Gastrointestinal Tract
Cysteine Proteinase Inhibitors

Projects 2004 2015