Jade Forwood

Professor Jade Forwood



Professor Jade Forwood is lead of the Biosecurity and THRIIVE research programs. He holds a BBiomedSc. (Hons I) from James Cook University and a PhD from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University. Throughout his career, he has received numerous prestigious awards, including the University Medal, the Frank Fenner Medal, the NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship, an ARC Future Fellowship, and the FAOBMB Young Scientist Award.

His extensive training includes honours in Dengue virus research at JCU, a PhD in gene therapy at ANU, and postdoctoral research in industry, the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge UK, and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. Here he focused on neuralization of stem cells, structural biology, macrophage activation, and many viral diseases.

As a chief investigator, Professor Forwood has successfully secured over 30 grants totaling more than $40 million, contributing significantly to various research projects. He has received seven NHMRC grants, including the NHMRC Ideas Grant for Understanding novel viral host interactions that modulate innate immunity. His research endeavors have also received support from NIH and ARC.

Professor Jade Forwood's independent research laboratory at CSU focuses on antiviral, vaccine, and drug design, furthering his contributions to the field of virology and epidemiology. His work brings forth essential advancements in biosecurity and medical research, and highlights his dedication to training the next generation of researchers through teaching programs at postgraduate levels.

  • Vaccine design
  • Antivirals
  • Structural Biology
  • Nucleocytoplasmic Transport
  • Virology
Full publications list on CRO

Recent Publications

  • Alvisi, G., Manaresi, E., Cross, E. M., Hoad, M., Akbari, N., Pavan, S., Ariawan, D., Bua, G., Petersen, G., Forwood, J., & Gallinella, G. (2023). Importin α/β-dependent nuclear transport of human parvovirus B19 nonstructural protein 1 is essential for viral replication. Antiviral Research, 213, [105588]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.antiviral.2023.105588
  • Nath, B. K., Das, S., Tidd, N., Das, T., Forwood, J. K., & Raidal, S. R. (2023). Lesions and viral loads in racing pigeons naturally coinfected with pigeon circovirus and columbid alphaherpesvirus 1 in Australia. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 10406387231156839. https://doi.org/10.1177/10406387231156839
  • Hoad, M., Cross, E. M., Donnelly, C. M., Sarker, S., Roby, J. A., & Forwood, J. K. (2023). Structural Characterization of Porcine Adeno-Associated Virus Capsid Protein with Nuclear Trafficking Protein Importin Alpha Reveals a Bipartite Nuclear Localization Signal. Viruses, 15(2), [315]. https://doi.org/10.3390/v15020315
  • Wang, S., Chan, K. W. K., Tan, M. J. A., Flory, C., Luo, D., Lescar, J., Forwood, J. K., & Vasudevan, S. G. (2022). A conserved arginine in NS5 binds genomic 3' stem-loop RNA for primer-independent initiation of flavivirus RNA replication. RNA, 28(2), 177-193. https://doi.org/10.1261/rna.078949.121
  • Athukorala, A., Helbig, K. J., Mcsharry, B. P., Forwood, J. K., & Sarker, S. (2022). Adenoviruses in avian hosts: Recent discoveries shed new light on adenovirus diversity and evolution. Viruses, 14(8), 1-15. [1767]. https://doi.org/10.3390/v14081767