Jose Villadangos is a Profesor of the University of Melbourne with a dual appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (M&I) and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB). He has a laboratory in the main campus (Bldg, 505, M&I) and another in Bio21 (BMB). His work straddles biochemistry, cell biology and immunology. He has contributed to elucidate the function of dendritic cells, important components of the immune system involved in infection, immunity and cancer, and the mechanisms employed by immune cells to capture, process and present antigens.
Jose obtained his PhD from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 1994 under the supervision of Professor Jose A Lopez de Castro, studying the role of MHC polymorphism in peptide selection and T cell recognition. He then joined the laboratory of Professor Hidde Ploegh in the USA, first at MIT and later at Harvard Medical School, where he contributed to the identification of proteases involved in MHC class II antigen presentation. In 1998, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Ken Shortman at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne, Australia, to apply his expertise to the study of dendritic cells. He started his own laboratory at the WEHI in 2001 and moved to The University of Melbourne in November 2011.
Jose has authored over 80 original articles, reviews and book chapters and is regularly invited to speak at major National and International conferences. He has received awards from the Human Frontiers Science Program and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is currently a NH&NMC Senior Research Fellow. Jose has been awarded research grants from the Humans Frontiers Science Program (2x), the Anti-Cancer Council, the Australian Research Council and the NH&MRC (3x Program and 8x Project grants). He regularly reviews grants for multiple National and International funding organisations, is invited to review manuscripts for leading journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Immunology. Jose was the Secretary of the Australasian Society for Immunology between 2005 and 2009 and steered the successful bid of the Society to host the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne in 2016. He lectures at the RMIT and the University of Melbourne.