Jessie Walker

Jessie Walker

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Preterm birth is the leading global cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. Current therapeutics that aim to prevent preterm birth predominantly target downstream symptoms of underlying inflammatory pathology. My research seeks to understand the upstream mechanisms that underlie inflammatory disorders of pregnancy. Maternal immune adaptations are essential for successful pregnancy. I am particularly interested in the role of the adaptive immune system during pregnancy, and how this may be perturbed in complicated gestations. Applying emerging paradigms of T cell immunology will greatly increase our understanding of the complex maternal immune response to pregnancy.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 PhD Candidate Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2021 Award ASMR SA Honours Oral Presentation Award Australian Society for Medical Research Australia
    2020 Scholarship Repromed Reproductive Health Scholarship Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2020 Award Microbiology & Immunology - Derrick Rowley Prize for Honours The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Scholarship Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Award The Sir Ronald Fisher Prize for Genetics III Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2021 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine
    2020 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia Honours (Molecular and Biomedical Science)
    2016 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology)
  • Research Interests

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  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Lineage stability of maternal regulatory T cells is maintained during physiological parturition and interleukin 1β-induced preterm labour in mice SA ASMR 2021 Scientific Meeting ASMR Australia

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