Dr Kim Good-Jacobson, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
Dr Kim Good-Jacobson investigates chromatin and transcriptional modifications underlying diversification and selection of B cell fates during the formation of immunity. Dr 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 to the Immunology division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She 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. Dr Jacobson has recently relocated to Monash University to establish her own laboratory, focusing on immune memory regulation in health and chronic disease. She currently serves as Deputy Treasurer for ASI and has written for The Conversation. Dr Jacobson has also been the recipient of funding from the Cancer Institute NSW and Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.