Dr Shalin Naik

 - Partner Investigator

Research focus: Single cell systems biology - how cells of the immune system are formed from blood stem cells

Dr Naik is a graduate of the University of QLD (Microbiology & Biochemistry) where he did his Honours with Prof. David Hume on macrophage activation by CpG DNA. After a 2 year hiatus in London where he worked as a waiter, graphics and production manager for Citibank, and TV presenter for a show about extreme weather phenomenon, he returned to Melbourne to do his PhD with Prof. Ken Shortman on dendritic cell development at WEHI. It was here he gained an interest in single cell tracking and fate determination in biology, and was awarded his PhD in 2006. Interested in the emerging technology of ‘cellular barcoding’ Dr Naik did his postdoc in the laboratory of Prof. Ton Schumacher at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, where he traced the single cell output of haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells in vivo. After returning to WEHI in 2013, he was later appointed as a Laboratory Head in the Molecular Medicine Division where he studies single cell fate using different technologies.