Associate Professor Steve Mutsaers - Institute for Respiratory Health

Associate Professor Steve Mutsaers

Associate Professor Steve Mutsaers

Research Leader
BSc (Hons), PhD

Associate Professor Mutsaers is the Head of the Tissue Repair Group. His research interests are in molecular mechanisms underlying lung fibrosis and mechanisms regulating mesothelial cell and serosal repair.

After completing his PhD in 1993 in the Department of Pathology at the University of Western Australia, he began postdoctoral training at the Heart and Lung Institute, UK and University College of London (UCL) to study the role of the extracellular matrix in Malignant Mesothelioma growth. On the basis of this work he was awarded several research grants from the Medical Research Council and British Lung Foundation, looking at ways of inhibiting mesothelioma growth.

In 1997, he was promoted to Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow and Research Group Leader in the Department of Medicine, UCL and in 1998 was awarded a UCL Medical School Prize Lectureship. He returned to Perth in 2001 after receiving a Raine Medical Research Foundation grant and subsequently received grants from the Heart Foundation, Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation, and the NHMRC, to work on various aspects of mesothelial repair, postoperative adhesion formation, mesothelioma growth and pulmonary fibrosis.

Associate Professor Mutsaers has developed an international reputation in tissue repair, particularly of the lung and mesothelium. Manuscripts arising from his research have been consistently published in leading international scientific journals and he has received an increased number of personal invitations to contribute review articles for high impact factor journals such as Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He has had regular invitations to present his work at National and International meetings including scientific meetings in the USA, France, Sweden, Mexico, Australia and the UK.

Associate Professor Mutsaers has supervised the training of postgraduate and undergraduate students in Australia and the UK. He has supervised 9 successful PhD students, three MSc students in Surgical Science, an MPhil student, 12 Honours students, 3 B Med Sci students and 8 medical and science undergraduate students for 10-week projects. He has also supervised technical and research staff both in Western Australia and London, including 8 Postdoctoral Scientists and 6 Research Assistants.


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