Jakob Begun

Director of IBD
Mater Hospital, Brisbane

After obtaining his BSc, Dr. Jakob Begun completed his MPhil in Biochemistry at Cambridge University, and his MD and PhD in genetics at Harvard Medical School. He completed his advanced training in Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at Massachusetts General Hospital. He returned to Australia in 2014 to pursue his interests in clinical and translational IBD research and gut health. He is the Director of IBD at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, IBD Group leader at the Mater Research Institute, and an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, The University of Queensland. He leads a basic and translational laboratory at the Translational Research Institute investigating the interaction between the innate immune system and the gut microbiome, as well as genetic contributions to disease. He also performs clinical research examining predictors of response to therapy, minimising barriers of care for adolescents and young adults with IBD, improving outcomes in pregnancy and IBD, and the use of intestinal ultrasound in IBD. He is the chair of the Gastroenterology Society of Australia-IBD Faculty and of the president of the Gastroenterology Network of Intestinal Ultrasound (GENIUS).