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.