Biography

Dr Jana Vukovic PhD
Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow
Faculty of Medicine (Biomedical Sciences) | Queensland Brain Institute
The University of Queensland
Brisbane | Australia

Dr Vukovic received her PhD in 2008 from The University of Western Australia and was jointly appointed as a group leader by the University of Queensland’s School of Biomedical Sciences and the Queensland Brain Institute (Australia) in 2015. In 2020,  she was awarded the prestigious Viertel Senior Medical Fellowship. Dr Vukovic heads the Neuroimmunology and Cognition team investigating the interactions between the brain and the immune system in health and disease. Specifically, her lab examines the role of brain’s main resident immune cell population (i.e. microglia), as well as various peripheral immune cells, on learning and memory in mice. Dr Vukovic is interested in defining the contribution of immune cells to such higher cognitive tasks, including for neuroinflammatory conditions where learning and memory deficits can occur, e.g. following traumatic brain injury, cancer treatment, and ageing.