Kim Jacobson

Assoc Professor

  • 15 Innovation Walk, Building 75

    3800 Clayton


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A/Prof Kim Jacobson (publishing as Kim Good-Jacobson) is a Bellberry-Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow who studies the formation of immunity. Human health and longevity is dependent on the ability of the immune system to clear the multitude of different foreign pathogens encountered over the life of the host. Her research studies the ability of the immune system to clear pathogens and form immunity through production of B cell memory.

A/Prof Kim Good-Jacobson investigates chromatin and transcriptional modifications underlying diversification and selection of B cell fates during the formation of immunity. A/Prof Jacobson completed her PhD at the Centenary and Garvan Institutes in 2007. She was awarded an Arthritis Australia AFA-ARA Heald Fellowship, followed by a CJ Martin Fellowship from the NHMRC to undertake postdoctoral training at Yale University, where she revealed a novel role for the inhibitory receptor PD-1 in humoral responses. She returned to Australia in 2010 and has since made key insights into how histone modifications regulate B cell memory, and the essential requirement for the oncogene c-Myb in the establishment of long-lived humoral immunity. A/Prof Jacobson has recently relocated to Monash University to establish her own laboratory, focusing on immune memory regulation in health and chronic disease. She served as Treasurer for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Immunology and has written for The Conversation. A/Prof Jacobson has also been the recipient of funding from the Cancer Institute NSW and Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.

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Research interests

Previous grants awarded:
2012-2014: NHMRC Project Grant (CIA)
"Epigenetic mechanisms that regulate B cell differentiation and memory B cell persistence to provide long-term protection".
2013: Leukaemia Foundation grant-in-aid (CIA).
"Regulation of B cell survival and migration by the oncogene c-Myb."

Supervision interests

Current graduate students:

Lucy Cooper

Yan Zhang

Liam Kealy 

Research area keywords

  • Immunology
  • Infection
  • B cells
  • Immunity
  • Immune memory
  • Antibody


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