Dr Ingrid Winkler

Honorary Associate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine


Associate Professor Ingrid Winkler is a Senior Research Fellow and head of the Stem Cells and Cancer group at Mater Research Institute - the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

A/Prof Winkler’s research focuse is understanding how micro-environments in the body protect and control normal and/or malignant stem Cells. Her innovative stem cell niche research has been recognised as among ten of the best research projects in Australia (by National Health and Medical Research Council) with patents and clinical translation.

A/Prof Winker's current research explores how stem cell niches change with ageing, inflammation, cancer therapy or radiation damage, with view to identify key detrimental niche components involved. This knowledge may be used to develop novel treatment strategies to improve cancer therapy outcomes, alleviate adverse cancer therapy side-effects that currently affect up tp 80% of Australian cancer therapy patientts plus facilitate healthier old age.

Research Impacts

A/Prof's research on how normal and malignant cells alter their local environment (niches) was at the forefront of this new field. The identification of mechanisms by which normal and malignant cells change their niche, enabled these components to be therapeutically targeted leading to high impact manuscripts, industry partnerships and clinical translation with large Phase 2/3 clinical trials ongoing.


  • Uy, Geoffrey L., DeAngelo, Daniel J., Lozier, Jay N., Fisher, Dennis M., Jonas, Brian A., Magnani, John L., Becker, Pamela S., Lazarus, Hillard M. and Winkler, Ingrid G. (2024). Targeting hematologic malignancies by inhibiting E-selectin: A sweet spot for AML therapy?. Blood Reviews 101184, 101184. doi: 10.1016/j.blre.2024.101184

  • Liam, O'Brien, Carina, Walpole, Ingrid, Leal-Rojas, Svetlana, Shatunova, Andrew, Moore, Winkler, Ingrid G, Camille, Guillerey and Radford, Kristen J (2023). Characterization of human engraftment and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in NSG-SGM3 neonate mice engrafted with purified CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells. Experimental Hematology, 130 104134, 104134. doi: 10.1016/j.exphem.2023.11.008

  • Salga, Marjorie, Samuel, Selwin G., Tseng, Hsu‐Wen, Gatin, Laure, Girard, Dorothée, Rival, Bastien, Barbier, Valerie, Bisht, Kavita, Shatunova, Svetlana, Debaud, Charlotte, Winkler, Ingrid G., Paquereau, Julie, Dinh, Aurélien, Genêt, Guillaume, Kerever, Sébastien, Abback, Paer‐Sélim, Banzet, Sébastien, Genêt, François, Lévesque, Jean‐Pierre and Alexander, Kylie A. (2023). Bacterial Lipopolysaccharides Exacerbate Neurogenic Heterotopic Ossification Development. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 38 (11), 1-18. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.4905

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