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Dr Jessica Borger completed her Bachelor of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Honours) at the University of South Australia then moved to the UK and completed a prestigious Medical Research Council PhD scholarship at the National Institute of Medical Research awarded through University College London. In Prof Rose Zamoyska's laboratory she investigated the localisation of cell surface receptors and intracellular proximal TCR signaling molecules in CD8 T cells during memory formation. Jessica's MRC postdoctoral research from 2010-2016 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland with Prof Zamoyska involved investigating the novel role of Caveolin-1 in T cell cholesterol homeostasis, integrin signaling and exosome biogenesis. In 2016, Jessica returned to Australia as a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Central Clinical School at Monash University. Dr Borger's research interests include the design of novel CAR-T therapy approaches in the lung using novel intracellular checkpoint blockade targets (CASS Foundation Medicine/Science grant) as well as investigating the signaling pathways of unconventional T cells and their contribution to inflammation in models of pulmonary disease. In 2019 Dr Borger became a lecturer and course co-ordinator of graduate studies, establishing a Master's course in Translational Research and Medicine at the Central Clinical School.

Dr Borger also works as News and Commentary Editor for Immunology & Cell Biology, Topic Editor for Frontiers in Immunology and is a reveiwer for Immunology & Cell Biology, Clincial & Translational Immunology, Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Immunology and the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles. Dr Borger serves on the Faculty of Medicine Nursing Health Sciences Doctoral Program Review and Evaluation Sub-Committee, is the Victorian Representative of the Education Special Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Immunology (ASI), is the Chair of the Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion commitee of the Central Clinical School at Monash University and a committee member on the Equity for Medical Research Alliance, the ASI Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee and the A+ Gender Equity committee of the A+ Alfred Research Alliance.  Dr Borger was awarded a prestigious Veski Inspiring women STEM sidebyside scholarship for mid-career emerging leaders, nominated for The Times 100 Women of Influence Award 2019 and was the inaugural recipient of the Margaret Baird Women in Immunology Award from the Australia and New Zealand Society of Immunology (2019). In 2021 Dr Borger was the recipient of the Faculty of Medicine Nursing Health Sciences Deans Award of Excellence in Education for 'Teaching Excellence' and a second Dean;s Award for 'Diversity and Inclusion'. Dr Borger writes for The Conversation, Women in STEMM Australia, Women's Agenda and Monash Lens.

External positions

News and Commentary Editor, Immunology & Cell Biology Journal

1 Jan 2019 → …

F1000Prime Associate Faculty Member, F1000Prime

2017 → …

Research area keywords

  • Immunology
  • T-cell
  • Pulmonary disease


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  • Guidelines for the use of flow cytometry and cell sorting in immunological studies (third edition)

    Cossarizza, A., Chang, H. D., Radbruch, A., Abrignani, S., Addo, R., Akdis, M., Andrä, I., Andreata, F., Annunziato, F., Arranz, E., Bacher, P., Bari, S., Barnaba, V., Barros-Martins, J., Baumjohann, D., Beccaria, C. G., Bernardo, D., Boardman, D. A., Borger, J., Böttcher, C. & 173 others, Brockmann, L., Burns, M., Busch, D. H., Cameron, G., Cammarata, I., Cassotta, A., Chang, Y., Chirdo, F. G., Christakou, E., Čičin-Šain, L., Cook, L., Corbett, A. J., Cornelis, R., Cosmi, L., Davey, M. S., De Biasi, S., De Simone, G., del Zotto, G., Delacher, M., Di Rosa, F., Santo, J. D., Diefenbach, A., Dong, J., Dörner, T., Dress, R. J., Dutertre, C. A., Eckle, S. B. G., Eede, P., Evrard, M., Falk, C. S., Feuerer, M., Fillatreau, S., Fiz-Lopez, A., Follo, M., Foulds, G. A., Fröbel, J., Gagliani, N., Galletti, G., Gangaev, A., Garbi, N., Garrote, J. A., Geginat, J., Gherardin, N. A., Gibellini, L., Ginhoux, F., Godfrey, D. I., Gruarin, P., Haftmann, C., Hansmann, L., Harpur, C. M., Hayday, A. C., Heine, G., Hernández, D. C., Herrmann, M., Hoelsken, O., Huang, Q., Huber, S., Huber, J. E., Huehn, J., Hundemer, M., Hwang, W. Y. K., Iannacone, M., Ivison, S. M., Jäck, H. M., Jani, P. K., Keller, B., Kessler, N., Ketelaars, S., Knop, L., Knopf, J., Koay, H. F., Kobow, K., Kriegsmann, K., Kristyanto, H., Krueger, A., Kuehne, J. F., Kunze-Schumacher, H., Kvistborg, P., Kwok, I., Latorre, D., Lenz, D., Levings, M. K., Lino, A. C., Liotta, F., Long, H. M., Lugli, E., MacDonald, K. N., Maggi, L., Maini, M. K., Mair, F., Manta, C., Manz, R. A., Mashreghi, M. F., Mazzoni, A., McCluskey, J., Mei, H. E., Melchers, F., Melzer, S., Mielenz, D., Monin, L., Moretta, L., Multhoff, G., Muñoz, L. E., Muñoz-Ruiz, M., Muscate, F., Natalini, A., Neumann, K., Ng, L. G., Niedobitek, A., Niemz, J., Almeida, L. N., Notarbartolo, S., Ostendorf, L., Pallett, L. J., Patel, A. A., Percin, G. I., Peruzzi, G., Pinti, M., Pockley, A. G., Pracht, K., Prinz, I., Pujol-Autonell, I., Pulvirenti, N., Quatrini, L., Quinn, K. M., Radbruch, H., Rhys, H., Rodrigo, M. B., Romagnani, C., Saggau, C., Sakaguchi, S., Sallusto, F., Sanderink, L., Sandrock, I., Schauer, C., Scheffold, A., Scherer, H. U., Schiemann, M., Schildberg, F. A., Schober, K., Schoen, J., Schuh, W., Schüler, T., Schulz, A. R., Schulz, S., Schulze, J., Simonetti, S., Singh, J., Sitnik, K. M., Stark, R., Starossom, S., Stehle, C., Szelinski, F., Tan, L., Tarnok, A., Tornack, J., Tree, T. I. M., van Beek, J. J. P., van de Veen, W., van Gisbergen, K., Vasco, C., Verheyden, N. A., von Borstel, A., Ward-Hartstonge, K. A., Warnatz, K., Waskow, C., Wiedemann, A., Wilharm, A., Wing, J., Wirz, O., Wittner, J., Yang, J. H. M. & Yang, J., Dec 2021, In: European Journal of Immunology. 51, 12, p. 2708-3145 438 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

    Open Access
    32 Citations (Scopus)
  • Trailblazing women immunologists of Australia and New Zealand

    Borger, J. G., Nguyen-Robertson, C. V. & Harris, J., Apr 2021, In: Immunology and Cell Biology. 99, 4, p. 338-343 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Editorial: The Role of Innate Lymphoid Cells in Mucosal Immunity

    Borger, J. G., Le Gros, G. & Kirman, J. R., 17 Jun 2020, In: Frontiers in Immunology. 11, 4 p., 1233.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Spatiotemporal Cellular Networks Maintain Immune Homeostasis in the Lung

    Borger, J. G., Nov 2020, In: European Medical Journal. 8, 1, p. 108-119 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

    Open Access
  • The new age of the PhD: Transforming the PhD from a product to a process

    Wickramasinghe, L. C. & Borger, J. G., Mar 2020, In: Journal of Life Sciences. 2, 1, p. 23-30 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review