Dr Claire Jessup is a medical researcher interested in harnessing the power of the immune system to modulate disease. Specific research projects examine the molecular activation of immune cells involved in the rejection of transplants and the development of autoimmune diseases (e.g. Type 1 diabetes).
Dr Jessup heads the iMOD and Islet Biology group within the College of Medicine and Public Health. Her laboratory utilises techniques including flow cytometry, gene therapy, pancreatic islet isolation, in vitro beta cell and immune assays, confocal microscopy and islet transplantation and diabetes models.
Recent research projects include:
In addition to her research role, Dr Jessup teaches Anatomy and Histology topics within the MD course and supervises PhD research students.
Dr Jessup acknowledges support from generous funding bodies including NHMRC, Diabetes Australia, Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation, FMC Foundation and Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology.
NHMRC Project Grant "Desmoglein-2; a novel lifeline to treat diabetes" CID, 2016-2018
Highest Impact Paper of the Year, Centre for Neuroscience, 2013 (winner); 2017 (runner-up)
Diabetes Australia Research Grant "The role of the calcineurin regulator RCAN1 in pancreatic islet function" CIA, 2013
Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation Grant "The importance of cell-to-cell interactions in juvenile (Type I) diabetes" CIA, 2013
Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers, 2012
SA Young Tall Poppy Science Award, 2011
I teach into the first two years of the MD Course (Knowledge of Health and Illness) at Flinders University, including Histology and Anatomy practicals.
Thomas E. Starzl Postdoctoral Fellowship in Transplantation Biology - NOV 2011
PhD Dean's Commendation - APR 2013
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