Matrix matters: extracellular matrix directs cell self-renewal or differentiation

Presented by Deirdre Coombe, Curtin University WA. 

Deirdre Coombe, PhD, BSc Hons (University of Adelaide) is a Professor at Curtin University, Western Australia. She is recognised internationally for her work with the extracellular matrix and with glycosaminoglycan-protein interactions and the therapeutic potential of carbohydrate-like drugs. In recent years her work on the extracellular matrix has focused on its contribution to cell and tissue differentiation, as well as to cancer biology and in particular to melanoma cell migration and invasion. She has worked at the Australian National University; Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London; National Institute for Medical Research, London; Glycobiology Institute and Sir William Dunn School of Pathology both of Oxford University. In 1994 she established her research lab at the Institute for Child Health Research in Perth, before joining Curtin University in 2000. She has had continuous research funding for 25 years raising more than AU$8.5 million in research grants and contracts. In 2006 she co-founded Glycan Biosciences Pty Ltd. and she is an inventor on 6 patent families, which are in the national phase or granted. Her experience straddles academia and business and she has a keen interest in the translation of academic, biomedical research into the clinic.

The seminar is also available via Zoom:


Wednesday 16th October 
3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 2007