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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 and is a senior postdoctoral researcher at Monash University in Ass. Prof. Margaret Hibbs laboratory. Dr Borger currently holds a CASS Foundation Medicine/Science grant (2019-2020) to design superior CAR-T therapy approaches using novel intracellular checkpoint blockade targets. Other areas of research focus on investigating the signaling pathways of gamma delta T cells and their contribution to inflammation in models of lung disease, as well as interrogating signaling pathways involved in B cell development, activation and function.

Dr Borger also works as Associate Editor Web Promotions for Immunology & Cell Biology, Topic Editor for Frontiers in Immunology, an Associate Faculty Member for F1000Prime, providing recommendations on peer-reviewed articles recently in press, in collaboration with Ephraim P. Engleman Distinguished Professor Art Weiss and a reveiwer for Immunology & Cell Biology and Frontiers in Immunology. Dr Borger serves on the executive committee of the Victorian Infection and Immunity Network and the Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference, is Secretary on the Australian Socitey of Immunology Advanced Immunology School, is a committee member on the Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion commitee of the Central Clinical School at Monash University and the A+ Gender Equity committee of the A+ Alfred Rssearch Alliance.  Dr Borger was awarded a prestigious Veski Inspiring women STEM sidebyside scholarship - Leading the Way: Mid-career emerging leaders and was recently nominated for The Times 100 Women of Influence Award 2019. Dr Borger also writes for The Conversation, Women in STEMM Australia and Women's Agenda.

External positions

Associate Editor, Immunology & Cell Biology Journal

1 Jan 2019 → …

F1000Prime Associate Faculty Member, F1000Prime

2017 → …

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Projects 2019 2019

Designing superior killers in cancer immunotherapy

Borger, J., Hibbs, M. & Beavis, P.


Project: Research

Research Output 2011 2019

Schistosoma mansoni-Derived Lipids in Extracellular Vesicles: Potential Agonists for Eosinophillic Tissue Repair

Coakley, G., Wright, M. D. & Borger, J. G., 1 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 10, 6 p., 1010.

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Open Access

Caveolin-1 influences LFA-1 redistribution upon TCR stimulation in CD8 T cells

Borger, J. G., Morrison, V. L., Filby, A., Garcia, C., Uotila, L. M., Simbari, F., Fagerholm, S. C. & Zamoyska, R., 1 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Immunology. 199, 3, p. 874-884 11 p.

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Open Access

Extracellular Vesicles from a Helminth Parasite Suppress Macrophage Activation and Constitute an Effective Vaccine for Protective Immunity

Coakley, G., McCaskill, J. L., Borger, J. G., Simbari, F., Robertson, E., Millar, M., Harcus, Y., McSorley, H. J., Maizels, R. M. & Buck, A. H., 23 May 2017, In : Cell Reports. 19, 8, p. 1545-1557 13 p.

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Open Access

Long-term imaging of cellular forces with high precision by elastic resonator interference stress microscopy

Kronenberg, N. M., Liehm, P., Steude, A., Knipper, J. A., Borger, J. G., Scarcelli, G., Franze, K., Powis, S. J. & Gather, M. C., 1 Jul 2017, In : Nature Cell Biology. 19, 7, p. 864-872 9 p.

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Type I interferon is required for T helper (Th) 2 induction by dendritic cells

Webb, L. M., Lundie, R. J., Borger, J. G., Brown, S. L., Connor, L. M., Cartwright, A. N. R., Dougall, A. M., Wilbers, R. H. P., Cook, P. C., Jackson-Jones, L. H., Phythian-Adams, A. T., Johansson, C., Davis, D. M., Dewals, B. G., Ronchese, F. & Macdonald, A. S., 17 Jul 2017, In : EMBO Journal. 36, p. 2404-2418 15 p.

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Open Access


2018 AMREP EMCR Collaborative Seed Grant

Jessica Borger (Recipient) & Cedric Tremblay (Recipient), Jan 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Postdoctoral Speaker Award

Jessica Borger (Recipient), Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Presentation Prize

Jessica Borger (Recipient), Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Cass Foundation International Travel Award

Jessica Borger (Recipient), Mar 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Central Clinical School International Travel Grant

Jessica Borger (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Once you've left can you really break back in?

Jessica Borger


1 Media contribution

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