Dr Larisa Labzin

Dr Larisa Lazbin

Dr Larisa Labzin leads a research group on viral immunity at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), at the University of QLD, Brisbane. Dr Labzin researches the inflammatory response to viruses to better understand how acute viral infections can cause severe disease (like COVID-19).  Her research aims to identify novel drug targets to boost protective immunity in susceptible populations and to treat dangerous inflammation caused by viruses. Dr Labzin received her PhD in molecular biomedicine from the University of Bonn, Germany in 2015 and was formerly an EMBO and NHMRC postdoctoral fellow at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. Dr Labzin has received multiple awards for her research (including the Frank Fenner NHMRC Research Excellence Award in 2016 and a QLD Tall Poppy Award in 2022) and secured over $1.9M in research funding.  During the COVID-19 pandemic Dr Labzin has been heavily involved in public outreach, giving both community and business lectures to explain the fundamental science of COVID-19, and over 60 media interviews (national and international, television, radio, and print).

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)