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Andreas Moller

Associate Professor | Group Leader

Tumour Microenvironment

+61 7 3845 3950

andreas.moller@qimrberghofer.edu.au

 

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

2017-current

  • Group Leader at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Queensland
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Science, Queensland University of Technology

 

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

2012-2017: Team Head, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

2004-2012: Research Officer and Senior Research Officer, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

2003-2004: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Berne

 

ORCID NUMBER

0000-0002-8618-6998

 

CURRENT AREA OF RESEARCH

Associate Professor Andreas Moller leads the Tumour Microenvironment Laboratory, which focuses on advancing our understanding of the communication between cancer cells and their environment. A solid tumour consists of many normal cell types in addition to the malignant cancer cells, and these normal cells largely determine the progression of the cancer. The laboratory was the first to show that this communication of cancer cells, initiate by low oxygen environments within the tumour, causes the formation of permissive environments in distant organs, which are prerequisites for metastasis.

Currently, Associate Professor Moller and his lab is delineating the communication between the malignant cells and normal, especially immune, cells at metastatic sites. Development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic capacity, which is partly based on small vesicles, termed exosomes, secreted by cancer cells is also an important priority.

Overall, the group is focussed on translational cancer research, with a focus on metastasis, cellular communication, immune regulation and extracellular vesicles, mostly concentrating on solid malignancies, including breast and lung cancer.

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • University of Cologne, Germany: Diplombiologie, equivalent to Honours degree in Genetics
  • German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) Heidelberg and University of Hamburg; Dr rer nat, cancer research