Professor Fabienne Mackay obtained her PhD from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France. In 1994, she joined BiogenIdec Inc in Boston where she developed inhibitors of TNF ligands and characterised the factor BAFF.
In 2000, Fabienne joined the Garvan Institute, Sydney as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow with a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant and as Director of the Autoimmunity Research Unit.
In 2009, Fabienne was appointed Chair and Head, Department of Immunology, Monash University. In 2012, Prof Mackay received the Thomson Reuters Australia citation and innovation award; 2013 awarded NHMRC Best Research Project; 2014 received a trophy from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris for outstanding contribution in education and research as an expatriate; and 2015 was elected as Council Member of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society.
In 2015, she joined the University of Melbourne as inaugural Head, School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Head, BAFF laboratory, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.