A/Prof Joanne Reed is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the Autoimmunity & Amyloidosis Laboratory at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.
Joanne completed her PhD at Flinders University and was awarded a NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship for postdoctoral training at New York University followed by appointments at Australian National University and Garvan Institute.
Joanne’s research focuses on developing new genomic technology to improve the prognosis and treatment of autoimmune and amyloid diseases. Her expertise in single cell genomics and recombinant antibody technology led to the identification of the immune cells responsible for severe autoimmune pathology in patients. Her work uncovered the origins of a pathogenic antibody and proposed a strategy for precision medicine.
Joanne’s research has been published in top journals including Cell, Nature Communications, Journal of Experimental Medicine and Arthritis and Rheumatology. She has secured more than $4m in competitive peer reviewed funding from the NHMRC, NSW Health, Lupus Research Alliance, American Heart Association and Arthritis Australia.
Joanne is co-Chair of the Australia New Zealand Society for Immunology (ASI) Advanced Immunology School. She also serves on ASI council as the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) councillor.

Publications list
  Clinical Specialty

Autoimmunity & Amyloidosis

Research Focus

Antibody-mediated Autoimmune Diseases
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Sjogren's syndrome
Neonatal Lupus
Amyloid Disease (light chain and transthyretin amyloidosis)
Plasma cell dyscrasias
Humoral Immunity

Other Affiliations

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health, University of Sydney
Adjunct Associate Professor, St Vincents Clinical School, UNSW Sydney

Awards and Recognition

2021 – Peter Tosi Fellowship in Amyloidosis Research
2019 – Philip Alpers Prize, SA Australian Rheumatology Association
2018 – Rebecca L Cooper and Philip Sambrook Memorial Awards
2017 – Young Investigator Award and Travel grant, International Congress on SLE
2017 – NSW Health Early to Mid-Career Fellowship
2013 – Lupus Foundation of America, Career Development Award
2012 – Arthritis Foundation of America Postdoctoral Fellowship
2012 – American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
2012 – Pfizer Centres for Therapeutic Innovation New York, Finalist
2011 – Sjogren’s syndrome Foundation of America Outstanding Abstract Award
2010 – NHMRC CJ Martin Overseas Training Fellowship
2009 – New Investigator Award, Australian Rheumatology Association



2009 – PhD, Flinders University of South Australia
2004 – Bachelor of Biotechnology (1st Class Honours, University Medal), Flinders University of South Australia