Professor Katherine Kedzierska is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Head of Human T cell Laboratory. Over the past 19 years, working in the field of Immunology, Professor Kedzierska defined universal and broadlyprotective T-cell immunity to seasonal, pandemic and newly-emerged influenza viruses. She provided an understanding why some groups, including Indigenous Australians, elderly and patients with co-morbidities succumb to severe influenza disease. Professor Kedzierska, with 138 publications at 16 years after PhD, has been recognised by a number of prestigious Awards and Fellowships.