• B112, Pharmacology, 9 Ancora Imparo Way

    3800 Clayton


1987 …2022
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Dr Jane Bourke is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at Monash University, where she leads the Respiratory Pharmacology Group. She has a long-standing interest in the regulation of smooth muscle function in the lung and cardiovascular system. Her research focuses on identifying improved therapeutic strategies in chronic lung diseases, including asthma, COPD and pulmonary hypertension.

Jane has unique expertise in Australia with a novel lung slice technique in which changes in airway and artery lumen area and calcium signalling can be visualised. She has applied this to mouse, rat and sheep models that mimic key features of human lung diseases in both early and adult life. She discovered that ligands of an intracellular receptor, called peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPARandgamma) cause airways to relax under conditions where current drugs are ineffective. Her research group is now examining multiple novel bronchodilators and vasodilators targeting the lung to support their future clinical development.


Research area keywords

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Lung
  • Airway
  • Artery
  • Smooth Muscle
  • Calcium
  • Bronchodilator
  • Vasodilator

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 1987 2020

A new pathway to airway relaxation: Targeting the "other" cyclase in asthma

Lam, M. & Bourke, J. E., 1 Jan 2020, In : American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. 62, 1, p. 3-4 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)

Cardioprotective actions of the annexin-A1 N-terminal peptide, AC2-26, against myocardial infarction

Qin, C. X., Rosli, S., Deo, M., Cao, N., Walsh, J., Tate, M., Alexander, A. E., Donner, D., Horlock, D., Li, R., Kiriazis, H., Lee, M. K. S., Bourke, J. E., Yang, Y., Murphy, A. J., Du, X-J., Gao, X. M. & Ritchie, R. H., 3 Apr 2019, In : Frontiers in Pharmacology. 10, 16 p., 269.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protects newborn mice against pulmonary hypertension

Bui, C. B., Kolodziej, M., Lamanna, E., Elgass, K., Sehgal, A., Rudloff, I., Schwenke, D. O., Tsuchimochi, H., Kroon, M. A. G. M., Cho, S. X., Maksimenko, A., Cholewa, M., Berger, P. J., Young, M. J., Bourke, J. E., Pearson, J. T., Nold, M. F. & Nold-Petry, C. A., 11 Jul 2019, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 10, JULY, 15 p., 1480.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

NOx in exhaled breath condensate is related to allergic sensitization in young and middle-aged adults

Aldakheel, F. M., Bourke, J. E., Thomas, P. S., Matheson, M. C., Abramson, M. J., Hamilton, G. S., Lodge, C. J., Thompson, B. R., Haydn Walters, E., Allen, K. J., Erbas, B., Perret, J. L., Dharmage, S. C. & Lowe, A. J., Feb 2019, In : Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 49, 2, p. 171-179 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Regulation of Airway Smooth Muscle Contraction in Health and Disease

Lam, M., Lamanna, E. & Bourke, J. E., 24 Jun 2019, Smooth Muscle Spontaneous Activity: Physiological and Pathological Modulation. Hashitani, H. & Lang, R. J. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 381-422 42 p. (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; vol. 1124).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review


American Thoracic Society Neonatal and Developing Lung Abstract Award

Jane Bourke (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fellow of the American Thoracic Society (ATSF)

Jane Bourke (Recipient), 29 Nov 2019

Prize: Election to learned society


Vice Chancellor's Diversity and Inclusion Award

Jane Bourke (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other distinction


Press / Media

The Monash Panel Pledge

Jane Bourke


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

ABC radio: Silicosis

Jane Bourke


2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Monash Lens - Silicosis: Hormone hope in fight against deadly disease

Jane Bourke


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

American Thoracic Society - invited research profile

Jane Bourke


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Profile/Interview