Dr Misty Jenkins
2008 NH MRC/RG Menzies Fellowship
Bachelor of Science (Hons), 2001, University of Melbourne
PhD, University of Melbourne
Misty took up her NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship in 2009 at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, UK. Her study is "Investigating how killer T cells deliver their lethal hit". Misty returned to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to complete the last 2 years of her Fellowship.
Misty is of Gunditjmara descent and was born in Ballarat, where she attended the local public school. She was awarded a scholarship to study Science at The University of Melbourne, where she subsequently graduated with first class honours. Misty worked in a laboratory researching epilepsy, but her real passion was to study the immune system. She was intrigued by infectious disease and was keen to work with influenza virus. She completed her PhD with Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty and Dr Stephen Turner at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, where she studied how T cells (white blood cells) fight influenza infection. Particularly, the focus of her research is to understand how T cells become armed with the cytotoxic weapons that they use to destroy virally infected cells (and cancerous cells), at the single cell level. This research led her to Oxford University, and then Cambridge University, where she continues her work on T cell killing. This research will improve our understanding of how T cells function, which will enable us to identify novel therapeutic targets.