Associate Professor Katharina Ronacher

Associate Professor Katharina Ronacher obtained her undergraduate training and an MSc degree from the University of Vienna (Austria), followed by a PhD degree from the University of Cape Town. After four years of post-doctoral training, she joined the Immunology Research Group at Stellenbosch University, where she worked with Professor Gerhard Walzl and started her own research group focusing on immune-endocrine interactions and TB-diabetes co-morbidity.

At the beginning of 2017, Katharina re-located to the Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, and heads the newly established Infection, Immunity and Metabolism Group.

Her laboratory is housed in the Translational Research Institute, the largest medical research institute in the southern hemisphere and Australia’s newest and most comprehensive medical research and biopharmaceutical facility.

Katharina currently holds a 5 year NIH R01 grant to investigate the underlying immunological mechanisms of the increased risk of tuberculosis in patients with type 2 diabetes and studies the link between metabolism and immunity and how knowledge gained in this area can inform novel host-directed therapeutic approaches.