Associate Professor Cecilia Prêle
Started at UWA: 2002
Improving lives through lung disease research
Associate Professor Cecilia Prêle is a Principal Research Fellow within the School of Biomedical Sciences at UWA. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from University College London in 2001, before completing a short postdoctoral position at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Kings College London. Professor Prêle then moved to Perth and took up her role at UWA.
Professor Prêle works within the Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (CCTRM) as the Administrative Director, and is also a Senior Research Scientist within the Institute for Respiratory Health. With a research focus on lung disease, she looks at the signal transduction pathways and how these contribute to the initiation and progression of disease.
Working in a team at the CCTRM and the Institute for Respiratory Health, Professor Prêle focuses on the mechanisms driving lung tissue repair and regeneration. Her recent research includes investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying lung fibrosis, regulating lung repair and regeneration, and mesothelial cells and serosal repair.
Recently, Professor Prêle partnered with Dr Mark Fear and Professor Fiona Wood from UWA and Professor Robin McAnulty from University College London to investigate common pathways and mechanisms driving fibrosis in lung and skin, through funding from the National Health and Research Council and British Lung Foundation.
In another partnership, Professor Prêle, Associate Professor Steven Mutsaers from the Institute of Respiratory Health and Sam Janes from University College London are investigating the therapeutic benefit of hedgehog signalling inhibition on malignant mesothelioma.