Monash immunologist awarded $4m Australia Fellowship

NHMRC Jamie Rossjohn

Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing presents Professor Jamie Rossjohn with an Australia Fellowship.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) awarded the accolade to Professor Jamie Rossjohn at a ceremonial dinner in Canberra on March 3rd. As an Australia Fellow, the Monash researcher will receive $4 million over the next five years to further his research.

Professor Rossjohn, from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences considers this honour as an acknowledgement of the previous basic research undertaken by his team and his vision for future basic and applied research in the field of immunity.

“This award is a reflection of the recognition of the research that my team has conducted previously, in close collaboration with leading immunologists from University of Melbourne, and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research,” Professor Rossjohn said.

The Australia Fellowship will provide Professor Rossjohn, his team and his collaborators with the unique opportunity to undertake an ambitious program of research, focusing on protective immunity and aberrant T-cell reactivity to better understand the body’s response to disease.

Professor Rossjohn said that the Fellowship will have a threefold impact on his contribution to research in his field.

“The Australia Fellowship will transform my contribution to Australia’s research capacity by supporting major advances to my existing research program and enabling me to pioneer bold and exciting initiatives, including that of lipid-mediated immunity,” Professor Rossjohn said.

 “This award will also support me in building a capability of national-significance through the mentoring of a generation of biomedical scientists immersed in multi-disciplinary approaches focused on cellular immunity. With the support from Monash University, and nearby infrastructure including the Australian Synchrotron, I look forward to making fundamental and applied advances in the field of immunity”

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Edwina Cornish congratulated Professor Rossjohn for his achievement.

“Congratulations to Professor Rossjohn for this wonderful accomplishment,” said Professor Cornish

“This outstanding achievement recognises the talent and commitment of Professor Rossjohn and his team.”

Professor Rossjohn joins three other Monash researchers with the title of Australia Fellow; Professor Nadia Rosenthal, Professor Shaun Jackson and Professor Charles Mackay.