Stem Cell Therapy Unit - Institute for Respiratory Health

Stem Cell Therapy Unit


Formed in 2011, the Stem Cell Therapy Unit aims to investigate the potential of stem cells as a therapy for lung diseases. The Unit is a combination of both clinical and laboratory staff and collaborates with peers on a local, national and international level.

The Unit is led by Dr Yuben Moodley, a Respiratory Specialist at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia. The research focus for the Unit is centred on:

  • Molecular mechanism of chronic inflammation
  • Identifying biomarkers for lung diseases
  • Cell therapies for lung disease
  • Inflammation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Immunological and molecular mechanisms underlying chronic airway diseases
  • Host immune defences against bacterial and viral pathogens.

Current research projects

Protective anti-bacterial responses

T-cell co-inhibitory receptors (PD-1, CTLA-4)

IPF Biobank

Recent highlights

  • Jesse Armitage, PhD Candidate awarded the prestigious Ann Woolcokc New Investigator Award for 2019.
  • CRE-PF CREATE Fellowship Travel Scholarship and the TSANZ ASM Travel Award awarded to Dr Britt Clynick.


Past publications

Our People
The Stem Cell Therapy Unit is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, scientists and students.
A/Professor Yuben Moodley
Head of Unit
Dr Dino Tan
Postdoctoral Research Scientist