Miranda Ween

Dr Miranda Ween

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Ween Completed her PhD in 2010 in Cancer biology. She then undertook a postdoctoral position in the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases with a focus on lung pathogenic bacteria and metal biology. In 2015, Dr Ween was invited to join the Chronic Inflammatory Lung Disease Laboratory in the Department of Thoracic Medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Here she investigates how smoking affects inflammation in the lung, and the ability of macrophages to phagocytose lung pathogenic bacteria. Dr Ween also studies the mechanisms into COPD, a lung disease which affects up to 1.5 million Australians. She has also established herself as an Australian pioneer in E-cigarette research, and was invited to present to the SA Parliamentary enquiry into E-cigarettes in 2016.

Dr Ween is an adjunct Lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide

What effects do E-cigarettes have on the lung, and how much safer are they than cigarettes? 

Understanding the role macrophages play in COPD and other chronic inflammatory lung diseases



  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 National Asthma Council Career Development Fellow Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2015 Adjunct Lecturer University of adelaide
    2015 Posdtdoctoral Research Fellow Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2010 - 2015 Postodctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award International Journal of Molecular Science Travel Award
    2017 Award Biochemical Society Travel Award
    2016 Award Schiccitano Award Department of Thoracic Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2015 Award Lillian Roxon Asthma Australia Travel award National Asthma Council/TSANZ
    2015 Achievement Finalist for THRF 50th anniversary award The Hospital Research Foundation
    2013 Award Research Career Development Network Achievement Award School of Molecular Biosciences, University of Adelaide
    2013 Achievement Executive Deans Order of Merit Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide
    2013 Award Faculty of Sciences Research Excellence Award Finalist Faculty of Sciences, University of Adelaide
    2013 Award CASS Foundation National Travel Grant
    2013 Achievement I’m a Scientist national competition zone winner
    2010 Award Robert Seamark Postgraduate Award Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 University of Adelaide Australia Doctorate of Philosophy in Cancer Biology
    2006 University of Adelaide Australia Diploma of Languages in French
    2005 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Cell Biology
    2004 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor Science (Biomedical Science) Majoring in Immunity & Infection and Human Physiology
  • Research Interests

2019                           Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Project Grant ($50,000)

2018                           Rebecca Cooper Foundation project grant ($100,000)

2018                           Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Project Grant ($50,000)

2018                           RAH research committee near miss funding ($50,000)

2018                           RAH HSCGB equipment grants ($78,300)

2017                           University of Adelaide Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Development grant ($30,000)

2016                           Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Project Grant ($50,000)

2016                           National Asthma Council/TSANZ Asthma and Airways career development fellowship ($60,000)

2006 – 2009               Practical Demonstrator, School of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, Adelaide University

2008 – 2010               CBL/PBL Tutor, School of Medicine, Adelaide University

2010 – 2015               School of Molecular Biosciences Centrifuge Trainer

2014 – 2015               Masters of Biotechnology Guest Lecturer

2016                           Honours Co-supervisor

  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83137082
  • Email: miranda.ween@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 7
  • Room: WS7050.05
  • Org Unit: Medicine

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