Associate Professor Judith Greer

Principal Research Fellow

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine

Director (Research Training)

Research Strategy and Support (Medicine)
Faculty of Medicine
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Judith Greer is an immunologist with a strong interest in the nervous system and autoimmune diseases affecting the nervous system.

She is a graduate of the University of Queensland, having completed her PhD on cancer immunology. She then undertook postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the USA, during which time her interests shifted towards immune responses within the nervous system, an area in which she has worked ever since. She is currently a Principal Research Fellow at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, located at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital.

Her research is directly particularly towards trying to identify brain components that are targetted by the immune system in people with a variety of disorders, particularly multiple sclerosis (MS), which is traditionally thought to be an autoimmune disease, but also in psychosis, where we are now starting to understand that autoimmune targetting of the brain can play a role in some patients. She is interested in how the specificity of autoimmune responses within the nervous system relates to the symptoms experienced by patients, and in developing new ways to specifically turn off the damaging immune responses in the brain.

Another focus of her research is to improve on pre-clinical models of MS, so as to enhance the translation of new therapeutic approaches for MS to the clinic.

Judith is also interested in research training, and is the Director of Research Training for the Faculty of Medicine (Northside).

Research Interests

  • Immunology of multiple sclerosis
    My main research interest is in multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. I am interested in how we can determine the antigen specificity of the autoimmune response and how we might target this in a specific manner to treat the disease


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours 1), The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • McCombe, Pamela A. and Greer, Judith M. (2019). Sexual dimorphism in the immune system. The autoimmune diseases. (pp. 419-428) edited by Noel R. Rose and Ian R. Mackay. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-812102-3.00024-5

  • Greer, Judith M. (2015). The role of HLA in MS susceptibility and phenotype. Emerging and evolving topics in multiple sclerosis pathogenesis and treatments. (pp. 1-27) edited by Anne C. La Flamme and Jacqueline Monique Orian. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/7854_2014_357

  • McCombe, Pamela A. and Greer, Judith M. (2014). Sexual dimorphism in the immune system. The Autoimmune Diseases. (pp. 319-328) edited by Ian R. Mackay and Noel R. Rose. San Diego, United States: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-384929-8.00024-1

  • Greer, J. M. and Lees, M. B. (2003). Proteolipids in the nervous system. Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. (pp. _-_) edited by G. Adelman and B. H. Smith. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision