Biography

Dr Ben Cao obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2011 from the University of Melbourne (Bio21 Institute) under the supervision of Professor Spencer Williams working on the total synthesis of mycobacterial glycolipids as novel agonists of natural killer T cells. He then joined CSIRO as an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow within the Stem Cell and Organic Chemistry groups working on the synthesis and development of small molecule hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) mobilisation agents. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader in the Biology Group and is an adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Australian and Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University. His research focuses on identifying new mechanisms that regulate hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) within the bone marrow microenvironment and translating this understanding to improve bone marrow stem cell transplants and stem cell mobilisation as well as improving the treatment of drug resistant acute leukaemias.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Niche Biology Team

  • Senior Research Fellow
    Nilsson Group in the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), Monash University

Academic Qualifications

  • 2011

    PhD
    University of Melbourne

  • 2007

    B.Sc (Honours)
    University of Melbourne

  • 2006

    B.Biomed.Sc
    University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2014-2017

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Biomedical Manufacturing

  • 2011-2014

    Office of the Chief Executive Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2019

    EHA Travel Award
    European Hematology Association

  • 2019-2019

    ISEH Travel Award
    International Society of Experimental Hematology

  • 2017-2019

    Gilead Sciences International Research Scholars Program in Hematology/Oncology Award
    Gilead Sciences International

  • 2017-2017

    Stem Cells Australia Early Career Researcher Award for Best Oral Presentation
    Stem Cells Australia

  • 2017-2016

    ASSCR Early Career Researcher Award for Best Oral Presentation
    The Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research

  • 2016-2016

    George Brecher Award
    International Society for Experimental Hematology

  • 2016-2016

    ISEH Travel Award
    International Society for Experimental Hematology

  • 2015-2016

    Manufacturing Small Project Grant
    CSIRO

  • 2015-2015

    CASS Travel Award
    The CASS Foundation

  • 2014-2014

    NSCFA Travel Award
    National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia

  • 2012-2012

    ASSCR Early Career Researcher Prize for best poster presentation
    The Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research

Publications

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