Invited Speakers » Dr J. McKimm-Breschkin
Dr. Jenny McKimm-Breschkin is a Chief Research Scientist and Project Leader in Virology at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Materials Science and Engineering Division (CSIRO MSE) in Victoria, Australia. After completing a first class honours degree at Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, in 1974 Dr. McKimm-Breschkin studied for her PhD as a Fulbright fellow, at the Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Centre, working on measles virus. She returned to Melbourne University Microbiology department as a Queen Elizabeth II Post-doctoral fellow working on rotaviruses, followed by a post doctoral position at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, working in the field of cellular immunology.
She has been at CSIRO since 1987, where she was part of the team involved in the development of Relenza, providing neuraminidase proteins for X-ray crystallography studies, as well as carrying out pre-clinical resistance studies as part of the drug registration. She has continued to work in the evolving field of drug resistance and has worked with both national and international pharmaceutical companies on development of both first and second generation influenza antivirals. She collaborates with others, integrating both structural and functional approaches to understanding the mechanisms of resistance. Dr McKimm-Breschkin is a member of the Australian and American Societies for Microbiology, and is on the Antiviral Group committee of the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses.