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

Dr Judith Greer is a graduate of the University of Queensland who completed her PhD on cancer immunology in 1991. 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. She joined the Neuroimmunology Research Unit of the School of Medicine in 1994 and in 2008 moved to the new UQ Centre for Clinical Research.

Her research is directly particularly towards trying to identify brain components that are targetted by the immune system in people with multiple sclerosis, in determining how immune responses within the nervous system relate to the symptoms experienced by people with MS, and in developing new ways to specifically turn off the damaging immune responses in the brain. Much of her work focusses on the most abundant myelin protein, myelin proteolipid protein.

She is interested in research training, and since 2001 has been the Postgraduate Coordinator for the School of Medicine.

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. In Noel R. Rose and Ian R. Mackay (Ed.), The autoimmune diseases 6th ed. (pp. 419-428) 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. In Anne C. La Flamme and Jacqueline Monique Orian (Ed.), Emerging and evolving topics in multiple sclerosis pathogenesis and treatments (pp. 1-27) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/7854_2014_357

  • McCombe, Pamela A. and Greer, Judith M. (2014). Sexual dimorphism in the immune system. In Ian R. Mackay and Noel R. Rose (Ed.), The Autoimmune Diseases 5th ed. (pp. 319-328) 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. In G. Adelman and B. H. Smith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Neuroscience 3rd ed. (pp. _-_) Amsterdam: Elsevier Science.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision