Jesse Masson


Masson began his Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in 2011 at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. In 2014, he completed his honours program with the CSIRO analysing the virulence factors of pathogenic Listeria Monocytogenes. Jesse spent 2015 and 2016 completing his Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicines while also collaborating with the Parasitology labs of James Cook University, investigating serological efficiency of lab-based diagnostics in regard to filarial infections. His time at James Cook University led him to collaborate with the Burnet Institutes Immunometabolism laboratory where he began investigating the effects of carbohydrate metabolism of CD4+ T cells in individuals living with HIV that experience rapid onset of symptoms and poor recovery during combined antiretroviral therapy. Jesse joined the Hume and Irvine lab in 2019 as a PhD student investigating the effects of colony stimulating factor 1 (CSF1) and tissue resident macrophages on the mammalian metabolic response to fasting and weight gain using caloric restriction and excess models respectively. His recent work highlights the interactions between the bodies innate immune system and its utilisation of the bodies carbohydrates and lipids. Jesses major interest is in infectious diseases and aims to continue investigating the immunological response to viral infections in individuals with metabolic disease.


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