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Dr Vilija G. Jokubaitis (B. Com/B.Sci (Hons), PhD), is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School at Monash University.  She leads the Neuroimmunology Genomics, and Prognostics Group. She is a clinical and translational neuroscientist with skills in molecular medicine and biostatistics. Her research interest lies specifically, in the intersection between biology and clinical outcomes research. The overarching aim of her research is to improve the prediction of Neuroinflammatory disease outcomes (with a focus on MS) in individuals, with the ultimate goal of informing patient management and treatment individualisation.


Research interests

Dr Jokubaitis' research themes fall under three broad umbrellas:

  1. Women's Health and Pregnancy Research. She leads an international Women's Health, Pregnancy and neonatal outcomes Registry integrated in MSBase (www.msbase.org). This line of enquiry includes elucidating the biological mechanisms underlying pregnancy impacts on disease states.
  2. Identification of genetic and epigenetic signals associated with disease outcomes, disease states and treatment response.
  3. Integration of biological (biomarker, genetic) and environmental data with clinical outcomes data to inform prognostic modelling.

Community service

Head of the International Women in MS Mentorship Program https://iwims.world

Monash teaching commitment

Department of Neuroscience and MAPrc, Central Clinical School, Honours Coordinator for BSc and BMS streams

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Alfred Hospital

Feb 2018 → …

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

22 Jan 2018 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Melbourne Hospital

2011 → …

Research area keywords

  • Neuroimmunology
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Central Nervous System
  • Women's Health
  • Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Biomarkers
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Epidemiology
  • Outcomes Research
  • Biostatistics
  • Lifestyle behaviours


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