DR Justine Mintern

DR Justine Mintern


  • Immunology (dendritic cells)
  • cell biology (intracellular trafficking)



  • Dr J. Mintern is a Senior Lecturer and laboratory head in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute. Her research team investigates how cargo is delivered to the right destination inside cells. Her research probes the fundamental cell biology of intracellular trafficking in immune cells. Dr Mintern’s research has lead to significant discoveries in the fields of endocytosis, autophagy and ubiquitin-mediated trafficking. Dr Mintern is an expert immunologist and cell biologist having undertaken more than 10 years of research training in prestigious institutions including Harvard Medical School, USA, Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, USA, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and The University of Melbourne. She has made significant contributions to our understanding of dendritic cell biology and mechanisms of antigen presentation including in settings of live immunity and vaccination. Her research aims to advance vaccine design and to harness the immunotherapeutic potential of dendritic cells. Moreover she strives to make significant advances in the understanding of the fundamental biology of intracellular trafficking in immune and non immune cell types.



Member of

  • American Society of Immunology. full 2016 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology. full 2015 -
  • Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. full 2011 -
  • Australasian Society of Immunology. full 2006 -
  • Australian Society for Medical Research. full 2006 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1995

Awards and honors

  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2010
  • C.J. Martin Research Fellowship (National Health & Medical Research Council, Australia), 2003



Available for supervision

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