• The University of Western Australia (M503), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 229 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
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Personal profile


I graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. I undertook my PhD at the St Vincent’s Institute (Melbourne), where I studied the development and function of islet-specific T cells in autoimmune diabetes. I was also part of the Tom Mandel Islet Transplantation Programme, which offered access to islet transplantation for people with type 1 diabetes. After successfully completing my PhD, I joined the National Centre of Asbestos Related Disease (NCARD) in November 2014, and am currently a Cancer Council Western Australia Postdoctoral Fellow. 

Research interests

My research interests are in understanding the immunology mechanisms that underlie why some mesothelioma patients respond better to immunotherapy/chemotherapy but not others. The end goal is to utilise this knowledge to develop novel therapies and accurate predictors of treatment outcomes. I am particularly interested in understanding how the T cell repertoire influences treatment outcomes in cancer patients. 

Current projects

  1. The integration of mathematics and TCR sequencing to understand how an individual’s immune system contributes to therapy success
  2. The development of preclinical models to study why some patients develop severe autoimmunity after cancer immunotherapy
  3. The development of novel epigenetic targeting tools to improve mesothelioma therapy outcomes


Roles and responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate and co-lead the murine TCR program at NCARD
  • Manage and maintain preclinical models at NCARD 
  • Organise NCARD scientific meetings
  • Supervision of PhD and Honours students

Teaching overview

 Tumour Immunology Lecture

"Vaccines to immune checkpoint blockade" PATH3309 


English, Mandarin

Education/Academic qualification

Autoimmune Diabetes, Immunology, PhD, University of Melbourne

Science, BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne

Biomedical Science, BBiomedSc, University of Melbourne

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 229 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 19 Article
  • 2 Review article

Impaired T cell proliferation by ex vivo BET-inhibition impedes adoptive immunotherapy in a murine melanoma model

Chee, J., Wilson, C., Buzzai, A., Wylie, B., Forbes, C. A., Booth, M., Principe, N., Foley, B., Cruickshank, M. N. & Waithman, J., 26 Aug 2019, In : Epigenetics. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Adoptive Immunotherapy
Cell Proliferation
2 Citations (Scopus)

Acquired resistance during adoptive cell therapy by transcriptional silencing of immunogenic antigens

Wylie, B., Chee, J., Forbes, C. A., Booth, M., Stone, S. R., Buzzai, A., Abad, A., Foley, B., Cruickshank, M. N. & Waithman, J., 31 May 2019, In : OncoImmunology. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Pleural Effusion
5 Citations (Scopus)

Combination immune checkpoint blockade as an effective therapy for mesothelioma

Fear, V., Tilsed, C. M., Chee, H. E. J., Forbes, C., Casey, T., Solin, J., Lansley, S., Lesterhuis, W., Dick, I., Nowak, A., Robinson, B., Lake, R. & Fisher, S., 30 Jul 2018, In : Oncolmmunology. 14 p., e1494111.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Regulatory T-Lymphocytes
20 Citations (Scopus)

Effector-memory T cells develop in islets and report islet pathology in type 1 diabetes

Chee, J., Ko, H. J., Skowera, A., Jhala, G., Catterall, T., Graham, K. L., Sutherland, R. M., Thomas, H. E., Lew, A. M., Peakman, M., Kay, T. W. H. & Krishnamurthy, B., 15 Jan 2014, In : Journal of Immunology. 192, 2, p. 572-580 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Lymphoid Tissue
Inbred NOD Mouse

Projects 2016 2021