Miranda Ween

Miranda Ween

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Ween is a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in the Lung Research Laboratory at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. After completing her PhD in 2010 in cell biology of ovarian cancer, she undertook a postdoctoral position in the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases with a focus on lung pathogenic bacteria and metal biology and biochemistry. In 2015, Dr Ween was invited to join the Lung Research Laboratory in the Department of Thoracic Medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. This gives her the unique position of experience in respiratory medicine, microbiology, biochemistry, and cancer biology.

She has established herself as a world-leader in E-cigarette research with invitations to speak around the globe, and at a parliamentary inquiry as well as many radio, newspaper, and TV interviews. She researches which aspects of E-cigarettes are the most damaging to the lungs for non-smokers as well as looking at what the benefits and/or risks for switching to E-cigarettes may be for smokers.
In addition to her E-cigarette research, Dr Ween investigates how smoking affects inflammation in the lung, and the ability of macrophages to phagocytose lung pathogenic bacteria and the mechanisms into COPD, a lung disease which affects up to 1.5 million Australians.

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 - ongoing National Asthma Council Career Development Fellow Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2015 - ongoing Adjunct Lecturer University of adelaide
    2015 - ongoing 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

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