Samantha Barnes


  • The University of Western Australia (M504), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Samantha is a PhD student in the Cancer Immunotherapy Team under the supervision of Dr Bree Foley, Dr Emma de Jong, Dr Sonia Fernandez, Dr Alison McDonnell, and Dr Jason Waithman.

Prior to her PhD, Samantha first joined the team as a research assistant in 2019 before completing her Master of Pathology project in 2020. With a research focus in NK cell biology and adoptive cell therapy, her PhD project aims to use a suite of sophisticated bioinformatics platforms to understand the molecular drivers of enhanced NK cell function. The ultimate goal of this work is to identify novel targets that can be leveraged to boost the efficacy of NK cell therapies against leukaemia.


Committee member for the WA branch of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology (ASI) (2021 - ongoing)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Pathology, The University of Western Australia


Master of Clinical Pathology, The University of Western Australia


Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia


Research expertise keywords

  • NK cells
  • Leukaemia
  • Flow cytometry
  • Adoptive cell therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • RNA sequencing
  • Cancer immunology


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