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Personal profile


Dr Harris is an Immunologist/Cell Biologist with an interest in autophagy, endocytosis, macrophage and dendritic cell biology, inflammation and host-pathogen interactions. He co-runs the Rheumatology Research Group with Professor Eric Morand and is focused on innate immune responses and inflammation in autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, lupus), scleroderma and arthritis. He is also investigating the role of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in inflammation and cell biology.

Dr Harris received a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Nottingham (UK) and his PhD in Immunology from the University of the West of England (UK). He has work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Animal Health (UK), Oxford University, University of New Mexico and Trinity College Dublin. He was also Programme Manager for the Immunology Research Centre (IRC) in Ireland. He moved to Australia and Monash in 2013.


Related Links:

  • https://www.monash.edu/medicine/scs/medicine/research/cid/research/rheumatology
  • https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=Jb08z30AAAAJ&hl=en
  • @autophagyjim

Research interests

Dr Harris has an interest in innate immunity and the regulation of inflammation, particularly cytokine release by macrophages and dendritic cells. Recently, he has focused on the regulation of IL-1 family cytokines and macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF). In addition, he also works on the roles of autophagy in immune cells.

Moreover, the Rheumatology Group has a strong interest in biomarker studies in diseases, including SLE, arthritis and scleroderma.

Community service

Scientists In Schools (Victoria)

Day of Immunology Organising committee (Melbourne) 2014


Education/Academic qualification

Immunology, PhD, University of the West of England

… → 2000

Zoology, BSc (Hons), The University of Nottingham (UK)

… → 1995


  • Arthritis
  • Autophagy
  • Dendritic Cell
  • Immunity
  • Inflammation
  • Lupus
  • Macrophage
  • tuberculosis
  • innate immunity
  • scleroderma
  • MIF
  • Inflammasomes
  • IL-1

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Projects 2014 2105

Research Output 1998 2018

All-trans Retinoic Acid Augments Autophagy during Intracellular Bacterial Infection

Coleman, M. M., Basdeo, S. A., Coleman, A. M., Ni Cheallaigh, C., Peral de Castro, C., McLaughlin, A. M., Dunne, P. J., Harris, J. & Keane, J. 31 May 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Analysis of serum interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18 in systemic lupus erythematosus

Mende, R., Vincent, F. B., Kandane-Rathnayake, R., Koelmeyer, R., Lin, E., Chang, J., Hoi, A., Morand, E. F., Harris, J. & Lang, T. 7 Jun 2018 In : Frontiers in Immunology. 9, JUN, 10 p., 1250

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Effect of storage duration on cytokine stability in human serum and plasma

Vincent, F. B., Nim, H. T., Lee, J. P. W., Morand, E. F. & Harris, J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Cytokine. p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Macrophage migration inhibitory factor is required for NLRP3 inflammasome activation

Lang, T., Lee, J. P. W., Elgass, K., Pinar, A. A., Tate, M. D., Aitken, E. H., Fan, H., Creed, S. J., Deen, N. S., Traore, D. A. K., Mueller, I., Stanisic, D., Baiwog, F. S., Skene, C., Wilce, M. C. J., Mansell, A., Morand, E. F. & Harris, J. 1 Dec 2018 In : Nature Communications. 9, 1, 15 p., 2223

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Mitophagy and the release of inflammatory cytokines

Harris, J., Deen, N., Zamani, S. & Hasnat, M. A. 1 Jul 2018 In : Mitochondrion. 41, p. 2-8 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Activities 2015 2019

  • 7 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Contribution to conference

Immunology and Cell Biology (Journal)

Harris, J. (Associate editor)

Activity: Editorial responsibility

ComBio 2018

Harris, J. (Session chair)

Activity: Contribution to conference

PeerJ (Journal)

Harris, J. (Associate editor)
2017 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Immunology and Cell Biology (Journal)

Harris, J. (Associate editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Arthritis Research and Therapy (Journal)

Harris, J. (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility