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Braeden Donaldson

PositionAssistant Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Pathology (DSM)
QualificationsBMLSc, PGDipMLSc
Research summaryThe development of immunotherapeutic vaccines as novel cancer therapies
Teaching

My teaching commitments include roles in pathology, medical laboratory science, medicine, and several other health sciences courses.

Memberships
  • Member, Australasian Society of Immunology
  • Member, Australasian Virology Society
  • Alumnus, Fulbright Scholarship Program
Clinical

Interests in current clinical therapies for cancer, and novel advancements in drug development, surgical intervention procedures, and patient management and care.

Research

Under the supervision of Associate Professor Sarah Young and Professor Vernon Ward, I have been using rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) virus-like particles (VLP) as a vaccine scaffold for the chemical conjugation and recombinant insertion of tumour-associated antigens (TAAs). These vaccines have previously proven effective at inducing potent anti-tumour immune responses in murine models of melanoma, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer. We are currently adapting this vaccine for prostate cancer and breast cancer, in addition to developing the vaccine for use in human clinical trials.

Publications

Donaldson, B., Lateef, Z., Walker, G. F., Young, S. L., & Ward, V. K. (2018). Virus-like particle vaccines: Immunology and formulation for clinical translation. Expert Review of Vaccines, 17(9), 833-849. doi: 10.1080/14760584.2018.1516552

Li, K., Donaldson, B., Young, V., Ward, V., Jackson, C., Baird, M., & Young, S. (2017). Adoptive cell therapy with CD4+ T helper 1 cells and CD8+ cytotoxic T cells enhances complete rejection of an established tumour, leading to generation of endogenous memory responses to non-targeted tumour epitopes. Clinical & Translational Immunology, 6(10), e160. doi: 10.1038/cti.2017.37

Donaldson, B., Al-Barwani, F., Pelham, S. J., Young, K., Ward, V. K., & Young, S. L. (2017). Multi-target chimaeric VLP as a therapeutic vaccine in a model of colorectal cancer. Journal of ImmunoTherapy of Cancer, 5, 69. doi: 10.1186/s40425-017-0270-1

Donaldson, B., Al-Barwani, F., Young, V., Scullion, S., Ward, V., & Young, S. (2015). Virus-like particles, a versatile subunit vaccine platform. In C. Foged, T. Rades, Y. Perrie & S. Hook (Eds.), Subunit vaccine delivery. (pp. 159-180). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1417-3

Al Barwani, F., Donaldson, B., Pelham, S. J., Young, S. L., & Ward, V. K. (2014). Antigen delivery by virus-like particles for immunotherapeutic vaccination. Therapeutic Delivery, 5(11), 1223-1240. doi: 10.4155/TDE.14.74

Chapter in Book - Research

Donaldson, B., Al-Barwani, F., Young, V., Scullion, S., Ward, V., & Young, S. (2015). Virus-like particles, a versatile subunit vaccine platform. In C. Foged, T. Rades, Y. Perrie & S. Hook (Eds.), Subunit vaccine delivery. (pp. 159-180). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1417-3

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Journal - Research Article

Li, K., Donaldson, B., Young, V., Ward, V., Jackson, C., Baird, M., & Young, S. (2017). Adoptive cell therapy with CD4+ T helper 1 cells and CD8+ cytotoxic T cells enhances complete rejection of an established tumour, leading to generation of endogenous memory responses to non-targeted tumour epitopes. Clinical & Translational Immunology, 6(10), e160. doi: 10.1038/cti.2017.37

Donaldson, B., Al-Barwani, F., Pelham, S. J., Young, K., Ward, V. K., & Young, S. L. (2017). Multi-target chimaeric VLP as a therapeutic vaccine in a model of colorectal cancer. Journal of ImmunoTherapy of Cancer, 5, 69. doi: 10.1186/s40425-017-0270-1

Al Barwani, F., Donaldson, B., Pelham, S. J., Young, S. L., & Ward, V. K. (2014). Antigen delivery by virus-like particles for immunotherapeutic vaccination. Therapeutic Delivery, 5(11), 1223-1240. doi: 10.4155/TDE.14.74

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Journal - Research Other

Donaldson, B., Lateef, Z., Walker, G. F., Young, S. L., & Ward, V. K. (2018). Virus-like particle vaccines: Immunology and formulation for clinical translation. Expert Review of Vaccines, 17(9), 833-849. doi: 10.1080/14760584.2018.1516552

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