Dr Jenny Fung

Research Fellow

School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Dr Jenny Fung is a senior postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer of pharmacology course at the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBMS), UQ. She is an emerging researcher in the reproductive disease field with experience in molecular biology techniques, genetics, functional genomics, statistical and high-throughput computational skills, ex-vivo and in-vivo models of diseases, as well as industry engagement. In 2013, she was awarded a PhD at UQ and continued post-doctoral research in Professor Grant Montgomery's laboratory at QIMRB and IMB, in the field of genetics and genomics with a focus on functional genomics studies in complex diseases and a special interest in endometriosis. Her research has led to the seminal publication identifying the genetics of gene expression in endometrium and the role of gene regulation underlying endometriosis-related pathogenesis. In 2019, she joined Professor Trent Woodruff’s laboratory at SBMS, UQ to work on immunotherapy development for cancer through funding from Pfizer, where she performed immune cell functional assays and genomics analyses. Dr Fung is in a unique position to perform both the wet and dry lab components of multi-disciplinary research. She is currently co-leading multiple projects, where she is contributing her expertise on genetics and functional genomics on immunology to discover target genes and putative pathways underlying disease progression, with an ultimate goal to develop potential effective drugs for reproductive and brain disorders.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Li, Xaria X., Fung, Jenny N., Clark, Richard J., Lee, John D. and Woodruff, Trent M. (2024). Cell-intrinsic C5a synergizes with Dectin-1 in macrophages to mediate fungal killing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 121 (5), e2314627121. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2314627121

  • Teh, W. T., Chung, J., Holdsworth-Carson, S. J., Donoghue, J. F., Healey, M., Rees, H. C., Bittinger, S., Obers, V., Sloggett, C., Kendarsari, R., Fung, J. N., Mortlock, S., Montgomery, G. W., Girling, J. E. and Rogers, P. A. W. (2023). A molecular staging model for accurately dating the endometrial biopsy. Nature Communications, 14 (1) 6222, 6222. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41979-z

  • Rahmioglu, Nilufer, Mortlock, Sally, Ghiasi, Marzieh, Møller, Peter L., Stefansdottir, Lilja, Galarneau, Geneviève, Turman, Constance, Danning, Rebecca, Law, Matthew H., Sapkota, Yadav, Christofidou, Paraskevi, Skarp, Sini, Giri, Ayush, Banasik, Karina, Krassowski, Michal, Lepamets, Maarja, Marciniak, Błażej, Nõukas, Margit, Perro, Danielle, Sliz, Eeva, Sobalska-Kwapis, Marta, Thorleifsson, Gudmar, Topbas-Selcuki, Nura F., Vitonis, Allison, Westergaard, David, Arnadottir, Ragnheidur, Burgdorf, Kristoffer S., Campbell, Archie, Cheuk, Cecilia S. K. ... The 23andMe Research Team (2023). The genetic basis of endometriosis and comorbidity with other pain and inflammatory conditions. Nature Genetics, 55 (3), 423-436. doi: 10.1038/s41588-023-01323-z

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Lee, John D., Lo, Martin W., Fung, Jenny N. T. and Woodruff, Trent M. (2022). Neuroinflammation in Huntington’s. Neurodegenerative Diseases Biomarkers. (pp. 215-233) edited by Philip V. Peplow, Bridget Martinez and Thomas A. Gennarelli. New York, NY, United States: Springer US. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-1712-0_9

  • Lee, Sang Hong, Sapkota, Yadav, Fung, Jenny and Montgomery, Grant W. (2017). Genetic biomarkers for endometriosis. Biomarkers for Endometriosis: State of the Art. (pp. 83-93) edited by Thomas D'Hooghe. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59856-7_5

  • Fung, Jenny N.T. and Chen, Chen (2012). Endometrial cancer: diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Horizons in cancer research. Volume 49. (pp. 1-32) edited by Hiroto S. Watanabe. Hauppauge, NY, USA: Nova Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Holdsworth-Carson, Sarah J., Girling, Jane, Cann, Leonie, Healey, Martin, Fung, Jenny N., Montgomery, Grant and Rogers, Peter (2019). Expression and Cellular Localization of Endometriosis Risk Gene Long Intergenic Non-Coding RNA 339 (LINC00339). 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), Paris, France, 12-16 March 2019. Thousand Oaks, CA United States: Sage.

  • Holdsworth-Carson, Sarah J., Donoghue, Jacqueline, Colgrave, Eliza, Fung, Jenny N., Churchill, Molly, Healey, Martin, Montgomery, Grant, Girling, Jane and Rogers, Peter (2019). Generation of Immortalized Human Endometrial Stromal Cell Lines with Different Endometriosis Risk Genotypes. 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), Paris, France, 12-16 March 2019. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage.

  • Mortlock, Sally, Fung, Jenny N., Girling, Jane E., Holdsworth-Carson, Sarah J., Healey, Martin, Lukowski, Samuel W., McKinnon, Brett D., Yang, Jian, McRae, Allan, Rogers, Peter A. W. and Montgomery, Grant W. (2019). Identifying Target Genes for Endometriosis through Integration of Genetic Effects on Transcription and Methylation in Human Endometrium. 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), Paris, France, 12-16 March 2019. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage.

  • Holdsworth-Carson, Sarah J., Chung, Jessica, Healey, Martin, Fung, Jenny N., Montgomery, Grant, Rogers, Peter and Girling, Jane (2019). Obesity Does Not Impact on Endometrial Gene Expression in Women with Endometriosis. 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), Paris, France, 12-16 March 2019 . Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage.

  • Fung, Jenny N., Mortlock, Sally, Girling, Jane E., Holdsworth-Carson, Sarah J., Teh, Wan Tinn, Healey, Martin, Rogers, Peter A. W. and Montgomery, Grant W. (2018). Dynamic changes in gene regulation in human endometrium. 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI), San Diego CA, United States, 6-10 March 2018. Thousand Oaks, CA United States: Sage Publications.

  • Montgomery, Grant W., Fung, Jenny N., Holdsworth-Carson, Sarah J., Girling, Jane E., Franch, Juliet D., Edwards, Stacey L., Powell, Joseph E. and Rogers, Peter A. W. (2017). Endometriosis and Ovarian Cancer: Shared Genetic Risk and Common Mechanisms.. 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), Orlando Fl, Mar 15-18, 2017. THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC.

  • Rogers, Peter A. W., Holdsworth-Carson, Sarah J., Fung, Jenny N., Colgrave, Eliza M., Paiva, Premila, Girling, Jane E. and Montgomery, Grant W. (2017). Expression Quantitative Trait Loci (eQTL) Approaches for Understanding the Genetics of Endometriosis.. 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), Orlando Fl, Mar 15-18, 2017. THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision