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Christine Wells

Director, Centre For Stem Cell Systems
Anatomy And Neuroscience
stem cell engineering
induced pluripotent stem cell derived macrophages and dendritic cells
new cellular circuits
stem cell differentiation
stem cell collaboration platforms
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Christine Wells

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Synthetic Biology
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Christine Wells


Christine Wells is Professor of Stem Cell Systems and Director of the University of Melbourne Centre for Stem Cell Systems. She is a genome biologist with a focus on the differentiation and activation of mammalian cells, and a particular interest in the intersection between innate immunity and stem cell biology in tissue injury and repair.

She is the architect of the Stemformatics collaboration resource that encourages collaboration between stem cell researchers and bioinformaticians, biostatisticians and computational biologists.

Professor Wells graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New England in 1988. She gained experience in stem cell sciences, genetics and genomics at various positions in Australia and at the UK Medical Research Council, MRC Harwell before undertaking postgraduate studies at The University of Queensland. She gained a Doctor of Philosophy in 2004. Over the past decade she has worked at Griffith University, The University of Glasgow and The University of Queensland, developing a program of research in genomics and bioinformatics, and the application of these to better understanding of stem cell biology, tissue injury and repair. She leads a program of research that encompasses three pillars of impact and output: (1) the development and direction of community-focused collaboration platforms to enable adoption of omic data by clinicians and stem cell biologists. (2) Method development in the integration, analysis and visualisation of genomic datasets and (3) strategic application to projects that enable gene discovery and characterisation in both stem cell biology and innate immunity. Her laboratory works to the principle of biological insight through data accessibility and reproducibility and a founding ethos of her laboratory is collaboration


Displaying the 12 most recent projects by Christine Wells.



Project Types


Research Grant


Research Contracts

Additional Information

UK Funding
2015 CIB The Carnegie Trust (68147/1) Epigenetic basis of immunological memory, (McLeod CIA) £7,485
2014, 2015 CIA Wellcome Trust (ISSF catalyst) 3IIIformatics: visualisation and meta-analysis of inflammatory signatures. £62,000
2014-2017 CIB MRC Investigating NF-κB p50 phosphorylation and the regulation of transcription (Carmody CIA) £633,592.98.
Australian funding
2016 Australian Future Fellowship $930, 000
2015-2016 CIA Bioplatforms Australia: The systems biology of stem cells AUD

2014-2016 CIA NHMRC APP1057846 Mincle has a dual role in tissue loss and inflammation after ischemic injury $586, 894
2014-2016 CIB NHMRC APP1062802 Understanding Alzheimer's disease using Down syndrome as a model $756,894
2013-2016 CIC NHMRC APP1041294 Interaction of group A streptococci with intracellular innate immune defence $789,523
2011-2018 CIE The ARC special research initiative in Stem Cell Science $21M

2013-2015 CIA ARC DP130100777 The Stemformatics gene expression compendium: development of multivariate statistical approaches for cross platform analyses, $269, 000
2012-2015 CIA QLD Smart Futures Fellowship $600,000
2012-2015 CIA JEM Research Foundation Philanthropic donation Genomic characterization of Amnion-derived stem cells $200,000.
2012-2013 QLD Smart Futures Co-investment fund, $400,000 (CIB)
2011-2013 NHMRC APP1010225 $352,000 (CIF)
2010-2012 NHMRC APP597452 $559, 936 (CIA)
2008-2012 NHMRC APP481945 $378, 830 (CIA)
2007-2010 NHMRC APP455947 $465, 210 (CIB)
2009-2011ARC International Linkage LP09900480 $320,000 (CIA)
2009 ARC Equipment fund LE098334 $981,000
2008-2010 ARC Linkage LX0882502 $74,000 (CIA)
2007 ARC Linkage LE0775768 $400,000
2007 ARC Linkage LE0775726 $306,000
2007-2010 QLD Smart Futures Co-investment fund, $300,000 (CIA)
2006-2009 ARC DP0665078
54,000 (CIA)

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 143 most recent scholarly works by Christine Wells.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Metcalf Prize for Stem Cell Research


Queensland Government Smart Futures Fellow


Women in Technology Biotech Research Excellence Award


NHMRC Career Development Award Fellowship


Griffith University Pro-Vice Chancellors Research Excellence Award


Australian Society for Medical Research Premier's Postdoctoral Award






Director, Centre For Stem Cell Systems

Anatomy And Neuroscience

Ordinary Member

International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)

Ordinary Member

Australasian Genomics Technologies Association (AGTA)

Phenotypic Expert.

Functional Glycomics Consortium

Australian Pi

Functional Annotation of the Mammalian Genome (FANTOM) Consortium



Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry)

The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

University of New England