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
2023 Tripodi, N., Sidiroglou, F., Apostolopoulos, V., & Feehan, J. (230501). Transcriptome analysis of the effects of polarized photobiomodulation on human dermal fibroblasts. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 242

doi: 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2023.112696

2023 Stark, R., Feehan, J., Mousa, A., Andrews, Z. B., & de, Courten. (230501). Liver-expressed antimicrobial peptide 2 is associated with improved pancreatic insulin secretion in adults with overweight and obesity. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, 25(5), (1213-1220).

doi: 10.1111/dom.14968

2023 Harkin, K., Apostolopoulos, V., Tangalakis, K., Irvine, S., Tripodi, N., & Feehan, J. (230401). The impact of motivational interviewing on behavioural change and health outcomes in cancer patients and survivors. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Maturitas, 170 (9-21).

doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2023.01.004

2023 Hossain, M. K., Davidson, M., Feehan, J., Deraos, G., Nurgali, K., Matsoukas, J., & Apostolopoulos, V. (230201). Development of Methamphetamine Conjugated Vaccine through Hapten Design: In Vitro and In Vivo Characterization. Vaccines, 11(2),

doi: 10.3390/vaccines11020340

2022 Ephraim, R., Feehan, J., Fraser, S., Nurgali, K., & Apostolopoulos, V. (221201). Cancer Immunotherapy: The Checkpoint between Chronic Colitis and Colorectal Cancer. Cancers, 14(24),

doi: 10.3390/cancers14246131

2022 Hossain, M. K., Davidson, M., Kypreos, E., Feehan, J., Muir, J. A., Nurgali, K., & Apostolopoulos, V. (221101). Immunotherapies for the Treatment of Drug Addiction. Vaccines, 10(11),

doi: 10.3390/vaccines10111778

2022 Tripodi, N., Sidiroglou, F., Fraser, S., Husaric, M., Kiatos, D., Apostolopoulos, V., & Feehan, J. (221101). The effects of polarized photobiomodulation on cellular viability, proliferation, mitochondrial membrane potential and apoptosis in human fibroblasts: Potential applications to wound healing. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 236

doi: 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2022.112574

2022 Sood, S., Feehan, J., Itsiopoulos, C., Wilson, K., Plebanski, M., Scott, D., Hebert, J. R., Shivappa, N., Mousa, A., & George, E. S. (221001). Higher Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet Is Associated with Improved Insulin Sensitivity and Selected Markers of Inflammation in Individuals Who Are Overweight and Obese without Diabetes. Nutrients, 14(20),

doi: 10.3390/nu14204437

2022 Feehan, J., Hariharan, R., Buckenham, T., Handley, C., Bhatnagar, A., Baba, S. P., & de, Courten. (221001). Carnosine as a potential therapeutic for the management of peripheral vascular disease. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 32(10), (2289-2296).

doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2022.07.006

2022 Kamal, Hossain., Davidson, M., Feehan, J., Deraos, G., Nurgali, K., Matsoukas, J., & Apostolopoulos, V. (220929). Development and characterization of a novel conjugated methamphetamine vaccine. Vaccine, 40(41), (5882-5891).

doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.08.043

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
2 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor


Year Award

Young Investigator Award - American Society for Bone and Mineral Research


Valedictorian - Victoria University


University Medalist - Victoria University