Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Immunology
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Gerontology
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Stem cells

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Jack Feehan

Jack is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Institute for Health and Sport, with an interest in translational immunotherapeutics, healthy ageing, and chronic diseases. He currently works in the translational immunology group of the mechanisms and interventions in health and disease program, working on developing vaccines for autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Jack gained his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in 2021, looking into immunological and stem cell involvement in chronic musculoskeletal disease of the elderly. Since beginning his Ph.D. he has published more than 40 peer reviewed journal articles, several book chapters and a textbook on exercise in chronic disease. He regularly writes on COVID-19 and vaccines for global media organization, the conversation, where his articles have been read by more the 1.3 million readers. 

Jack is currently supervising a number of research students, who are working on developing vaccines for substance use disorders of methamphetamine, multiple sclerosis, and alzheimer's disease, therapeutic devices for wound healing, and biology of nutrition. 



  • Ph.D. The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2021
  • MHSc (Osteopathy), Victoria University, Australia, 2017
  • BClinSci, Victoria University, Australia, 2015

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Harkin, K., Pascal, B. M., Irvine, S., Tangalakis, K., Apostolopoulos, V., & Irvine, S. (220102). Worldwide physical activity trends, and barriers and facilitators to physical activity, and tools to improve adherence In Apostolopoulos, V. ;. (Ed.) Australia: Elsevier Publishers.
2022 Feehan, J., & Duque, G. (220101). Pharmacological management of osteosarcopenia (pp. 275-286).

doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-820088-9.00003-2

Year Citation
2022 Apostolopoulos, V., Bojarska, J., Chai, T. -T., Feehan, J., Kaczmarek, K., Matsoukas, J. M., Paredes, Lopez., Saviano, M., Skwarczynski, M., & Smith-Carpenter, J. (220601). New Advances in Short Peptides: Looking Forward. MOLECULES, 27(11),

doi: 10.3390/molecules27113635

2022 Tripodi, N., Wright, B., Lawton, A., Zanker, J., & Feehan, J. (220501). A clinician's guide to the management of geriatric musculoskeletal disease: Part 2 - Sarcopenia. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine,

doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2022.05.003

2022 Mutare, S., Feehan, J., Cheikh, Ismail., Ali, H. I., Stojanovska, L., Shehab, A., Khair, H., Ali, R., Hwalla, N., & Kharroubi, S. (220407). The First United Arab Emirates National Representative Birth Cohort Study: Study Protocol. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 10

doi: 10.3389/fped.2022.857034

2022 Feehan, J., Tripodi, N., Fleischmann, M., Zanker, J., & Duque, G. (220301). A clinician's guide to the management of geriatric musculoskeletal disease: Part 1 - Osteoporosis. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 43 (53-62).

doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2021.12.003

2022 Hossain, M. K., Hassanzadeganroudsari, M., Feehan, J., & Apostolopoulos, V. (220101). The race for a COVID-19 vaccine: where are we up to?. Expert Review of Vaccines, 21(3), (355-376).

doi: 10.1080/14760584.2022.2021074

2022 Alkhatib, D. H., Jaleel, A., Tariq, M. NM., Feehan, J., Apostolopoulos, V., Ismail, L. C., Stojanovska, L., & Al, Dhaheri. (220101). The role of bioactive compounds from dietary spices in the management of metabolic syndrome: An overview. Nutrients, 14(1),

doi: 10.3390/nu14010175

2022 El, Mesmoudi., Al, Dhaheri., Feehan, J., Stojanovska, L., & Ali, H. I. (220101). Validation of a quantitative web-based food frequency questionnaire to assess dietary intake in the adult Emirati population. PLoS ONE, 17(1 January),

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0262150

2021 Matsoukas, J., Deraos, G., Kelaidonis, K., Hossain, M. K., Feehan, J., Tzakos, A. G., Matsoukas, E., Topoglidis, E., & Apostolopoulos, V. (211201). Myelin peptide-mannan conjugate multiple sclerosis vaccines: Conjugation efficacy and stability of vaccine ingredient. Vaccines, 9(12),

doi: 10.3390/vaccines9121456

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Osteosarcopenia in osteopathic practice: incorporating disease detection in the clinical setting
From: Osteopathy Australia Research Fund
Other investigators: Prof Vasso Apostolopoulos, Mr Nicholas Tripodi
For period: 2021-2022

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Master of Applied Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Associate supervisor
Master of Applied Research (1) Associate supervisor


Year Award

Young Investigator Award - American Society for Bone and Mineral Research


Valedictorian - Victoria University


University Medalist - Victoria University