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Prof Helen O'Neill

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

Professional biography

Helen ONeills research encompasses immunology and stem cell biology. 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 and mesenchymal stem cells, and their application in regenerative medicine. She holds an Emeritus Professorship at ANU.

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

Professional appointments

  • Emeritus Professor - Research School of Biology, Australian National University

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

  • Citation Award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2009)
  • Top Supervisor, Australian National University (2009)
  • Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence in Supervision, Australian National University (2004)

Qualifications

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