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Josephine Forbes

Senior Research Fellow in Diabetes, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

A/Professor Forbes completed her PhD studying kidney disease in children at Royal Children’s Hospital (Paediatrics, University of Melbourne). In 2002, she became the Group Leader for the Glycation and Diabetes Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute. She is currently an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. Her work to date has resulted in more than 90 publications and her research focuses on the process of advanced glycation and its contribution to diabetes and its complications, in particular kidney disease. This has encompassed more recently, research into how advanced glycation of food by modern processing techniques and storage may be contributing to our diabetes epidemic. She has received awards for her research including the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in medical research in 2010, an NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked biomedical CDA2 in 2009 and a Young Tall Poppy Award in 2008. A/Prof Forbes currently leads a team of 10 staff and supervises four PhD students, in addition to being an Associate Professor in Immunology at Monash University, Australia and a Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine at University of Melbourne.


  • 2007–present
    Associate Professor, Department of immunology, Monash University
  • 2009–present
    Principal Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne
  • 2002–2011
    Group Leader, Glycation and Diabetes, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute


  • 2000 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy in Paediatrics


Young Researcher Award, IDF (2002). Millenium Award for T1 Diabetes, DART (2006). Young Tall Poppy Award (2008). NHMRC Achievement Award (2009). Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Medical Research (2010).