Control of leukaemic blood cells

Lead researcher

Professor Emeritus Don Metcalf


Divison of Cancer and Haematology, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Years funded

1954 - 2014

The formation and functions of white blood cells are controlled by special chemical messengers (cytokines) that bind to the surface of blood cells. Over-responses or incorrect responses to cytokine instructions leads to leukaemia development. At present we are analysing how cells respond to their instructions and the chemicals inside the cell that determine whether the cells will respond abnormally.

Award / Duration

Carden Fellowship


$200,000 per annum