Wells laboratory: Stem cell systems
STEM CELL SYSTEMS
What gives a cell its identity? This can be described in terms of developmental origin (ontogeny), or anatomical location (anatomy), or in situ function (physiology). When synthetically deriving a cell – for example, directing differentiation from a stem cell in a dish, or reprogramming a cell to take on functions that sit outside of an anatomical or developmental equivalent – new molecular definitions need to be found. These rely on discovery of the molecules that can define the uniqueness of a cell, predict its capacity to change or respond to differentiating or activating cues. Systems Biology approaches can describe these as molecular circuits – networks or pathways – necessary for cells to undertake specific functions. Our laboratory uses computational and systems biology approaches to understand two important cell types:
- The tissue macrophage, and its role in tissue damage and repair.
- We discover new molecules that confer functions to macrophages in recognition of inflammatory stimuli, and which are implicated in tissue damage during ischemic injury (stroke). We work on the C-type lectin Mincle (Clec4e), and associated signalling networks.
- Stem cells, pluripotent stem cells, and adult progenitor cells.
- The Stemformatics project. The MSC project.
Rowland Mosbergen, Stemformatics Business Manager
Dr Daniel Hurley, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Matthew Rutar, Research Fellow
Tyrone Chen, Stemformatics Research Assistant
Isha Nagpal, Stemformatics Full Stack Developer
Isaac Virshup, Research Assistant
Cheng-ta (Edward) Huang, PhD student
Elizabeth (Lizzi) Mason, PhD student
Suzanne Butcher, PhD student
Patricia Gigliuto, Manager, Centre for Stem Cell Systems
Jennifer Gilbert, EA to Professor Wells
NHMRC Project Grant (2016-17): "The C-type lectin Mincle exemplifies a new mode of sterile inflammation in cardiovascular disease"
ARC Future Fellowship (2015-19): "The Systems Biology of Stem Cells"
NCRIS: Bioplatforms Australia
Philanthropic funding: JEM Research Foundation
This research project is available to PhD, Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.
- Uncovering the interplay between innate immunity and the blood brain barrier in disorders of the CNS
- Discovering and characterizing new genes involved in innate immunity, tissue injury and fibrosis
- The Stemformatics Stem Cell Atlas
- Cell state and cell fate: Systems biology approaches to understanding cell identity
Faculty Research Themes
School Research Themes
For further information about this research, please contact Professor Christine Wells