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Associate professor, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

A/Prof Kim Jacobson is an expert in understanding how we form immunity to pathogens. In particular, her research focuses on why immune memory is dysfunctional in chronic or recurrent infections such as HIV and malaria. She is head of the B cell and Antibody Memory laboratory at Monash University, a Bellberry-Viertel Fellow and a 2016 Young Tall Poppy Science Award recipient.

A/Prof Jacobson received her PhD from University of Sydney, before undertaking postdoctoral research as a NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow at Yale University in the USA and at WEHI in Australian. A/Prof Jacobson has recently relocated to Monash University to establish her own laboratory, focusing on immune memory regulation in health and chronic disease.


  • 2015–present
    Senior Research Fellow and Laboratory Head, Monash University
  • 2010–2015
    Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • 2007–2010
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University


  • 2007 
    University of Sydney, PhD


  • 2015
    c-Myb is required for plasma cell migration to bone marrow after immunization or infection, J Exp Med
  • 2014
    Regulation of germinal center responses and B-cell memory by the chromatin modifier MOZ, PNAS
  • 2013
    Diversity among memory B cells: origin, consequences, and utility, Science
  • 2010
    PD-1 regulates germinal center B cell survival and the formation and affinity of long-lived plasma cells, Nat Immunol

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Society for Immunology


2016 VIC Young Tall Poppy Science Award recipient