Dr. Katarina Kollar


Lab Manager

About me

I was awarded my PhD in the school of Medical Science from the Queensland University of Technology in 2010.  My PhD focused on the molecular mechanisms utilised by mesenchymal stem cells in migration to acute myocardial infarction.  In 2010, I was recruited as a post-doc to the Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Immune Hematology in Frankfurt, Germany where I continued my research passion in cardiac stem cell field. After 3.5 years on maternity leave, I moved into new role as laboratory manager/post-doctoral scientist at the Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory at UQ.

In November 2015, I was recruited to Professor Ian Frazer's laboratory as laboratory manager. 




1. Matigian N, Brooke G, Zaibake F, Rossetti T, Kollar K, Pelekanos R, Heazlewood C, Mackay-Sim A, CA, Atkinson K. Multipotent human stromal cells isolated from cord blood, term placenta and adult bone marrow show distinct differences in gene expression pattern. Genomics Data. 2015 Mar; (3): 70–74


2. Richter R, Jochheim-Richter A, Ciuculescu F, Kollar K, Seifried E, Forssmann U, Verzijl D, Smit MJ, Blanchet X, von Hundelshausen P, Weber C, Forssmann WG, Henschler R. Identification and characterization of circulating variants of CXCL12 from human plasma: effects on chemotaxis and mobilization of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells. Stem Cells Dev. 2014 Aug 15;23(16):1959-74


3. Cook MM, Doran MR, Kollar K, Barbier V,  Ingrid G. Winkler, Levesque J-P,  Brooke G and  Atkinson K. Engraftment Outcomes after HPC Co-Culture with Mesenchymal Stromal Cells and Osteoblasts. J. Clin. Med. 2013 Sep, 2(3), 115-135;


4. Kollar K, Seifried E, Henschler R. Therapeutic potential of intravenously administered human mesenchymal stromal cells. Hamostaseologie. 2011 Nov;31(4):269-74.


5. Christensen ME, Turner BE, Sinfield LJ, Kollar K, Cullup H, Waterhouse NJ, Hart DN, Atkinson K, Rice AM. Mesenchymal stromal cells transiently alter the inflammatory milieu post-transplant to delay graft-versus-host disease. Haematologica. 2010 Dec;95(12):2102-10.


6. Kollar K, Cook MM, Atkinson K and Brooke G. Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Migration to the Site of Acute Myocardial Infarction. Int J Cell Biol, 2009 July; (2009): 8 pages


7. Cook MM, Kollar K, Atkinson K and Brooke G. Cellular Therapy for Repair of Cardiac Damage after Acute Myocardial Infarction. Int J Cell Biol, 2009 March; (2009)


8. Brooke G, Cook M, Blair C, Han R, Heazlewood C, Jones B, Kambouris M, Kollar K, McTaggart S, Pelekanos R, Rice A, Rossetti T, Atkinson K. Therapeutic applications of mesenchymal stromal cells. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2007 Dec;18(6):846-58.

Research fields

Cardiac Regeneration, Adult Stem Cells, Mesenchymal Stromal Cells