• B112, Pharmacology, 9 Ancora Imparo Way

    3800 Clayton


1987 …2021
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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.



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

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 1987 2018

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., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Serelaxin as a novel therapeutic opposing fibrosis and contraction in lung diseases

Lam, M., Royce, S. G., Samuel, C. S. & Bourke, J. E., Jul 2018, In : Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 187, p. 61-70 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Airway remodelling and inflammation in asthma are dependent on the extracellular matrix protein fibulin-1c

Liu, G., Cooley, M. A., Nair, P. M., Donovan, C., Hsu, A. C., Jarnicki, A. G., Haw, T. J., Hansbro, N. G., Ge, Q., Brown, A. C., Tay, H., Foster, P. S., Wark, P. A., Horvat, J. C., Bourke, J. E., Grainge, C. L., Argraves, W. S., Oliver, B. G., Knight, D. A., Burgess, J. K. & 1 othersHansbro, P. M., 1 Dec 2017, In : Journal of Pathology. 243, 4, p. 510-523 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Latrophilin receptors: Novel bronchodilator targets in asthma

Faiz, M. A., Donovan, C., Nieuwenhuis, M. A. E., Van Den Berge, M., Postma, D. S., Yao, S., Park, C. Y., Hirsch, R., Fredberg, J. J., Tjin, G., Halayko, A. J., Rempel, K. L., Ward, J. P. T., Lee, T., Bossé, Y., Nickle, D. C., Obeidat, M., Vonk, J. M., Black, J. L., Oliver, B. G. & 4 othersKrishnan, R., McParland, B., Bourke, J. E. & Burgess, J. K., 1 Jan 2017, In : Thorax. 72, 1, p. 74-82 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Lung health in a changing world

Peters, M. J. & Bourke, J. E., 20 Nov 2017, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 207, 10, p. 426-428 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review