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Helen O'Neill

Level 4, Building 5, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University

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Professional biography

Helen ONeill’s research encompasses stem cell biology and immunology. Helen completed a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Genetics at Adelaide University, then worked in medical research at Stanford University, California, before completing her PhD in 1981 in the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at the Australian National University (ANU). She was then appointed as a Research Fellow in JCSMR, became a Fellow in 1989, and took two periods of leave to undertake overseas fellowships. Between 1983 and 1985 she held an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship at Stanford University under Irv Weissman. Between 1987 and 1988, she was a Fellow of the International Union against Cancer working in the Tumor Biology Laboratories at Stanford University. In 1996 she took a research/teaching position in the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at ANU. She later became Professor and Head of the Stem Cell and Immunology Lab in the ANU Research School of Biology. In 2015, Helen moved to the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University to pursue research on hematopoietic, retinal and mesenchymal stem cells, and their application in regenerative medicine. In 2016 she was appointed Director of the Clem Jones Centre for Regenerative Medicine, and in 2017 she was awarded the Cutmore Distinguished Professorship in Stem Cell Research. She holds an Emeritus Professorship at ANU.

Teaching expertise

  • Teaching experience at ANU Undergraduate teaching in immunology, cell biology¬†
  • Curriculum development in Biomedical Sciences Honours supervision and examination
  • ¬†Supervisor of ~30 completed PhD students Graduate program convenor

Teaching awards

  • Supervisor of 36 PhD students
  • Citation Award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2009)
  • Top Supervisor Award, ANU (2009)
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Supervision, ANU (2004)

Professional admissions

  • Life Member of the Association of UICC Fellows
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research
  • International Society for Experimental Hematology
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research
  • Australasian Society for Immunology
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology


  • Doctor of Philosophy Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Science Honours Adelaide University
  • Graduate Diploma (Admin) University of Canberra