Centre for Cell Biology and Chronic Disease

Tackling disease through study of the cell

Chronic diseases afflict one in two Australians, are long-lasting, complex and can reduce both the quality and length of your life.

We tackle chronic diseases, including cancer, neurological dysfunctions, cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, by studying the fundamental unit of life – the cell. 

We study the cell in isolation and in the more complex environment of the body, investigating how healthy cells function and what goes wrong in disease, with the ultimate aim of developing or informing new treatments for chronic disease.

Research from our Centre has been spun out into companies that are trialling new treatments for heart attack, stroke, and inflammatory diseases, bringing our discoveries closer to the clinic.


Professor Brett Collins

Professor Brett Collins

Director, Centre for Cell Biology of Chronic Disease

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  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • High-res microscopy
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Trafficking
  • Molecular and cellular structural studies
  • Cytoskeleton, cell adhesion and mechanobiology
  • Model organisms - mouse, zebrafish, quail


Disease focus

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Cancer
  • Infection
  • Ageing and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Birth defects and rare disorders

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