Associate Professor Cecilia Prele - Institute for Respiratory Health

Associate Professor Cecilia Prele

Associate Professor Cecilia Prele

Principle Investigator
BSc (Hons), PhD

Associate Professor Cecilia Prêle is the Research Leader for the Tissue Repair Group at the Institute for Respiratory Health.

Cecilia is a cell and molecular biologist who over the course of her career has made significant contributions in the area of tissue repair and fibrosis.

After completing her PhD in Biochemistry from University College London, UK in 2001 and a postdoctoral position at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Kings College London Cecilia relocated to Perth.

Through the development of strategic national and global collaborations, Associate Professor Cecilia Prêle has investigated the mechanisms driving fibrosis. Over this time, her research approach has evolved to combine studies in animal models of disease with studies on patient samples, a strategy that enhances the translatability of our fundamental research discoveries.

Associate Professor Cecilia Prêle’s main research focus is:

  • Molecular mechanisms underlying lung fibrosis
  • Mechanisms regulating lung repair and regeneration
  • Multi-potential nature of mesothelial cells and serosal repair

While her research has primarily focused on lung fibrosis, the impact of these studies is far-reaching, with the potential to influence the future treatment of other fibrotic disorders.


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Awards and Scholarships

  • Best Scientific Presentation, 4th Biennial Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course, 2019
  • Lung Foundation Australia Eleanor Greenwood Memorial Travel Grant, 2018
  • Visiting Academic Award, Global Partnership Award, UCL Global Engagement Office, 2016
  • European Respiratory Society Bursary to attend Lung Science Conference Portugal, 2016
  • Best Scientific Poster, 2nD Biennial Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course, 2015
  • Visiting Academic Lecturer, University College London, 2015