Associate Professor Ray Steptoe undertook undergraduate studies in Anatomy and Human Biology and postgraduate studies in Immunology at the University of Western Australia. After further research training at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute in Pittsburgh, USA, he returned to Australia to pursue research in autoimmune diabetes at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. In 2004, he moved to Brisbane to take up a Research Fellowship at the UQ Diamantina Institute.
Associate Professor Steptoe now heads a team of researchers investigating how pathogenic immune responses can be turned off. Associate Professor Steptoe is currently a recipient of a UQ Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship.
Associate Professor Steptoe’s research interests are aimed at determining the cellular and molecular pathways that are important in determining the fate of T-cell activation. In particular, studies are directed at understanding how T-cell tolerance is controlled so this can be exploited for development of new therapeutics aimed at preventing or reversing the effects of unwanted immune responses that underlie autoimmune disease and allergies.