Helen O'Neill

Prof, Director Clem Jones Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Cutmore Distinguished Professor of Stem Cell Research

  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


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  • 2014 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
1976 …2020

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Research interests

My research experience has been in the fields of immunology and experimental hematology and the development of hematopietic cells from stem cells.

My lab has developed new and exacting culture methods and stem cell isolation procedures that will form the basis of future work on stem cells and tissue regeneration. Recent important findings relate to hematopoiesis which occurs in spleen, and definition of myelopoiesis unique to spleen. 

I have a particular interest in stromal cell microenvironments which support hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cell development for tissue regeneration, and a long standing interest in lymphocyte and dendritic cell development and function.

Statement for HDR students

A range of student projects are available related to stem cells, their microenvironments and their capacity to regenerate organs. These projects are tied to ongoing research activities funded by grants with a view to regeneration of cells, formation of ectopic or artificial lymphoid tissues, and development of whole organs, like the spleen. Recent specific projects I am involved with include: 

1. Characterisation, isolation and transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells 

2. Investigation of perivascular reticular cells which form niches for tissue specific hematopoiesis

3. Role of the spleen in myelopoiesis

4. Development of retinal cells from pluripotent stem cells

Education/Academic qualification

Immunology, PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1981

Genetics, BSc Hons I, University of Adelaide

Administration, GD (Admin), University of Canberra

External positions

Emeritus Professor, Australian National University

Former Fellow, Stanford University

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Research Output

Advancing a stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration

O'Neill, H. C., Limnios, I. J. & Barnett, N. L., 2020, In : Current stem cell research & therapy. 15, 2, p. 89-97 9 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    A novel myeloid cell in murine spleen defined through gene profiling

    Hey, Y. Y., O'Neill, T. & O'Neill, H. C., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. 23, 8, p. 5128-5143 16 p., 14382.

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  • 122 Downloads (Pure)

    Gene profiling murine splenic stromal lines: ArrayExpress Database Accession number E-MTAB-8345

    O'Neill, H. C., Lim, D., Periasamy, P., Kumarappan, L., Tan, J. K. H. & O'Neill, T., 10 Oct 2019, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

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    Open Access
  • Identification of stromal cells in spleen which support myelopoiesis

    Lim, H. & O'Neill, H. C., 24 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. 7, 1, 13 p., 425328.

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    Targeting the Spleen as an Alternative Site for Hematopoiesis

    Short, C., Lim, H., Tan, J. K. H. & O'Neill, H. C., May 2019, In : BioEssays. 41, 5, p. 1-9 9 p., 1800234.

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    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    300 Downloads (Pure)