I am a passionate science communicator, immunologist, educator and national leader in Diversity and Inclusion in STEMM. Following 14 years in the UK as an academic researcher, I transitioned into education being appointed as the inaugural Graduate Course Convenor at the Central Clinical School, Monash University.
As the WEHI Science Education Specialist, I am committed to identifying, creating and implementing scientific resources and tools to provide our graduate students with beneficial knowledge and skills to apply within their current research roles and to enhance their career progression in academia and beyond.
As the Leader of the Scientific Education Team, we are passionate in our delivery of the Honours, coursework degrees and graduate research academic programs, to ensure WEHI students are provided with the best foundational education.
Our team is also actively designing, developing and implementing e-learning courses from cutting edge research areas at WEHI and facilitating academic development events, workshops and opportunities to provide novel training opportunities for all of our students.
Australia, Flinders University, Grad Cert Public Policy, 2014
United Kingdom, University College London, PhD, 2010
Australia, University of South Australia, Bachelor of Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Honours , 2002
2022, Social Impact Award, Australian and New Zealand Society of Immunology
2021, Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Diversity & Inclusion, Monash University
2021, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education – Teaching Excellence (Team Award), Monash University
2021, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education – Diversity and Inclusion, Monash University
2021, Monash Abroad: Collaborative Online International Learning Grant ($3000), Monash University
2019, CASS Foundation Medicine/Science Grant ($76,900), CASS Foundation
2019, Margaret Baird Women in STEM Lectureship, Australian and New Zealand Society of Immunology
2019, Platform Access Grant, Monash University
2018, veski Inspiring Women Fellow, veski (Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation)
2018, veski STEM sidebyside emerging leader, veski (Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation)
2018, Cass Foundation Travel Grant, CASS Foundation
2018, Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct Early-Mid Career Researchers Collaborative Seed Grant, Alfred Research Alliance
2018, Best Presentation Award, 3rd International Conference on Innate Lymphoid Cells, Japan
2017, Best Presentation Award, Biennial Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct Early-Mid Career Researchers Retreat
2017, Best Postdoctoral Speaker Award, IgV Annual Scientific Meeting
2006, Medical Research Council PhD studentship, Medical Research Council, UK
2002, GroPep Ltd Industry Award, University of South Australia
Immunology Futures Editor, Immunology and Cell Biology Journal, Wiley, 2018 – current
State representative (Victoria) and committee member, Australian Society of Immunology Education Special Interest Group, 2020 – current
Founder and co-chair, Mentoring program of the Australian Society of Immunology Education Special Interest Group, 2021 – current
Executive committee member, Graduate Women Victoria, 2022 – current
Committee Member, Equity in Medical Research Alliance (EMRA), 2019 – current
Borger JG* and Purton LE, “Gender inequities in medical research funding is driving an exodus of women from Australian STEMM academia”, Immunology & Cell Biology, Invited Editorial, Jun 24. doi: 10.1111/imcb.12568
Borger JG, “Investing in Women in STEMM“, RSV, 8th March, 2023
Grant R, Borger JG, Ding, Z “Why queer visibility in STEM matters”, Monash Lens, 17 November 2022
Hislop, M “‘A fair crack at opportunities’: Funding target set to see more women undertaking health and medical research”, Women’s Agenda, 13 October 2022
*Interviewed for content as a content expert
Moore, G “The $400m reason female scientists are ‘gushing out of the system”, The Australian Financial Review, 7 August 2022
*Interviewed for content as a content expert
Borger, JG “Money talks: Funding fuels gender inequity in STEMM leadership“, Monash Lens, 29 July 2022
Watson, C, “The systemic factors wedging a persistent gender gap in science”, COSMOS, 1 July 2022.
*Interviewed for content as a content expert
Borger JG, “The Matilda effect: where are the NHMRC grants for female scientists”, The Australian, pg 25, 13 Apr 2022
Borger JG and Purton, L, “Is Australia’s largest medical research funding body doing enough to retain women in STEMM?”, Women’s Agenda
Borger JG and Purton, L, “STEMM the flow: More work needed to support women in medical research”, Monash Lens
Borger JG, “Should we all draw COVID CVs?”, Times Higher Education
Borger JG, Lawlor K and Quinn K, “Urgent government funding is needed for effective, diverse and equitable medical research’, Women’s Agenda
Borger JG, Lawlor K and Quinn K, ‘Applying the gendered lens to a post-COVID academia’, Immunology News, British Society of Immunology
Borger JG, ‘What will the world look like post-COVID’, Women in STEM Connect
Borger JG ‘Gendered impacts of COVID-19 on the medical research workforce’, The Lens
Borger JG ‘How COVID-19 risks reversing the gender equity gains made by Women in STEM’, Women’s Agenda
Borger JG ‘Here’s what is being done to empower, promote and retain Australian women in science.’ Women’s Agenda
Borger JG ‘Talking courage with a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.’ Leading with Courage (Insium)
Borger JG ‘Dr Jessica Borger’s Case for Optimism.’ Australian Leadership
Oliver A and Borger JG ‘Contagious Cancer: the curious case of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease.’ Immunology and Cell Biology journal
Borger JG ‘Peer review has some problems – but the science community is working on it.’ The Conversation (Australian Edition)
Borger JG ‘Once you’ve left can you really break back in?’ Women in STEMM Australia
Academic Education publications:
Borger, JG*, ‘Getting to the CoRe of Collaborative Online International Learning.’ Frontiers in Education, doi: 10.3389/feduc.2022.987289
Academic Scientific Research publications:
Cossarizza A, Chang HD, Radbruch A, Borger JG et al. (2021) ‘Guidelines for the use of flow cytometry and cell sorting in immunological studies (third edition)’. Eur J Immunol. In Press.
Borger JG*, Nguyen-Roberston CV and Harris, J (2021) ‘EDITORIAL: ‘Trailblazing women in immunology from Australia and New Zealand’ Immunology & Cell Biology, Apr;99(4):338-343
Wickramasinghe L and Borger JG* (2020) ‘EDITORIAL: The new age of the PhD: Transforming the PhD from a product to a process’ J Life Sci, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2020:23-30
Borger JG* (2020) ‘Spatiotemporal cellular networks maintain immune homeostasis in the lung.’ European Medical Journal (EMJ) Respiratory (invited review), EMJ Respir. 2020;8:108-119; https://doi.org/10.33590/emjrespir/20-00167. * Corresponding author
Borger JG*, Le Gros G and Kirman J. (2020) ’Editorial: The Role of Innate Lymphoid Cells in Mucosal Immunity.’ Front Immunol, 2020; DOI=10.3389/fimmu.2020.01233
Cossarizza A, Chang HD, Radbruch A, Borger JG et al. (2019) ‘Guidelines for the use of flow cytometry and cell sorting in immunological studies (second edition)’. Eur J Immunol. 2019;49(10):1457-1973.
Borger JG, Lau M, Hibbs ML. (2019) ‘The Influence of Innate Lymphoid Cells and Unconventional T Cells in Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disease.’ Front Immunol. 2019;10:1597.
Coakley G, Wright MD and Borger JG*. (2019) ‘Schistosoma mansoni-derived exosomes lipids: potential agonists for eosinophil tissue repair.’ Front Immunol, May 7;10:1010 *Corresponding author
Webb LM and Lundie RJ, Borger JG**, Brown SL, Connor LM, Cartwright ANR, Dougall AM, Wilbers HP, Cook PC, Jackson-Jones LH, Phythian-Adams AT, Johansson C, Davis DM, Dewals BG, Ranches F and MacDonald AS. (2017) A central role for Type I IFN in Th2 response induction by dendritic cells. EMBO Journal, Aug 15;36(16):2404-2418. ** Second author
Borger JG, Morrison VL, Filby A, Garcia C, Uotila LM, Simbari F, Fagerholm S and Zamoyska R. (2017) Caveolin-1 influences LFA-1 redistribution upon TCR stimulation in CD8 T cells. J Immuno, Aug 1;199(3):874-884.
NM, Liehm P, Steude A, Knipper JA, Borger JG, Scarcelli G, Franze K, Powis SJ and Gather MG. (2017) Long-Term Imaging of Cellular Forces with High Precision by Elastic Resonator Interference Stress Microscopy. Nat Cell Biol, Jul 19(7):864-872
Coakley G, McCaskill J, Borger JG, Simbari F, Robertson E, Millar M, Harcus Y, McSorley HJ, Maizels RM, Buck, AH. (2017) Extracellular Vesicles from a Helminth Parasite Suppress Macrophage Activation and Constitute an Effective Vaccine for Protective Immunity Cell Rep, May 23:19(8):1545-1557
Cook PC, Owen H, Deaton AM, Borger JG, Brown SL, Clouaire T, Jones GR, Jones LH, Lundie RJ, Marley AK, Morrison VL, Phythian-Adams AT, Wachter E, Webb LM, Sutherland TE, Thomas GD, Grainger JR, Selfridge J, McKenzie AN, Allen JE, Fagerholm SC, Maizels RM, Ivens AC, Bird A, MacDonald AS. (2015) Epigenetic control of Th2 induction by dendritic cells via the methyl-CpG binding protein MBD2. Nat Commun, Apr 24;6:6920
Borger JG, Zamoyska R and Gakamsky DM. (2014) Proximity of TCR and its CD8 co-receptor controls sensitivity of T cells. Immunol Lett. 157:16–22.
Borger JG, Filby A and Zamoyska R. (2013) Differential polarization of C-terminal Src kinase between naïve and antigen-experienced CD8+ T cells. J Immunol. Apr 1;190(7):3089-99.
Commentaries on this paper were featured in:
1). In this Issue, J Immunol. Apr 1;190(7):3013-14 “ Sequestering Csk”
2).Faculty of 1000 Prime: https://f1000.com/prime/717980813. Recommended article
Caserta S, Borger JG and Zamoyska R. Central and Effector Memory CD4 and CD8 T-Cell Responses to Tumor-Associated Antigens. (2012) Crit Rev Immunol. 2012 Vol 32(2): 97-126
Libri V, Helwak A, Miesen P, Santhakumar D, Borger JG, Kulda G, Grey F, Tollervey D and Buck AH. (2012) Murine cytomegalovirus encodes a miR-27 inhibitor disguised as a miRNA target. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. Jan 3;109(1):279-84.
Borger JG, Cardenas-Maestre JM, Zamoyska R and Sanchez-Martin RM. (2011) Novel Strategy for microsphere-mediated DNA transfection. Bioconjug Chem. Oct 19;22(10):1904-8.