Shaun McColl

Professor Shaun McColl

Deputy Head for Molecular & Biomedical Scienc

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


The molecular control of cell migration and its role/s in regulating the immune response in autoimmunity and cancer, or during infection.

Professor McColl has made a number of important contributions in the area of the genetic and molecular control of cell migration.  These include seminal observations relating to chemotactic factor receptor signal transduction, particularly cytokine- and chemokine-induced phosphorylation cascades and gene expression, the identification of chemokine receptor antagonists that regulate cell migration and the identification of chemokine receptors that are involved in pathologies such as autoimmune diseases and metastatic cancer.

He has published over 150 original research articles, has been cited almost 10,000 times and his H-index is 59.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2003 Professor The University of Adelaide
    2001 - 2003 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    1995 - 2001 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    1993 - 1995 Research Fellow The John Curtin School of Medical Research
    1989 - 1993 Associate Professor University Laval
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    French Can read, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 The University of Adelaide Australia D.Sc.
    2013 Royal College of Pathologists of Australia Australia Fellow of the Faculty of Science
    1987 The University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D.
    1982 The University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc.(Hons)
    1981 The University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc.
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    1987 - 1989 Post-Doctoral Fellow Universite Laval Canada
  • Research Interests

Professor McColl has a range of research funding from both peer-reviewed and commercial sources.

Professor McColl delivers courses on Immunology to Science and Medical students at the University of Adelaide from first year through to third year.  He co-ordinates the advanced immunology course Infection and Immunity 3B, and is a post-graduate co-ordinatory in the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science. 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Investigating the chemokine receptor CXCR6 on T-helper cells in the mouse model of multiple sclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aaron Han Siang Heng
    2019 Principal Supervisor Modulation of BRAFV600E signalling in melanoma and colorectal cancer: consequences for tumour immune cell infiltration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Madeleine Louisa Massy-Westropp
    2019 Principal Supervisor Investigate the Degenerative Features of the Cervical Facet Joints Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Miss Elaheh Rohani Rad
    2019 Principal Supervisor Enhancing CAR-T cell therapy in Cancer Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Elaheh Rohani Rad
    2018 Principal Supervisor The role of chemokine receptors in the trafficking and development of Type I Regulatory Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Caitlin Abbott
    2017 Principal Supervisor The Chemokine and Chemokine Receptor System and its Involvement in Regulation of the Immune System Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Timona Stavros Tyllis
    2017 Principal Supervisor Investigating the contribution of chemokine receptors to the fate and function of CD8+ T cells during an immune response Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Todd Simon Norton
    2016 Co-Supervisor Directing therapeutic stem cells to the CNS to ameliorant disease and augment repair in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jasmine Joy Wilson
    2016 Principal Supervisor The role of atypical chemokine receptor ACKR4 in anti-tumour immunity in melanoma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jade Hui Yu Foeng
    2015 Co-Supervisor Regulatory T Cells and the Immune Response to Pregnancy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ella Shana Green
    2014 Co-Supervisor Delivering Chemokine Scavengers D5 and CCX - CKR to the CNS using dental stem cells supress inflammation and promote CNS repair in MS Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Kerrie Louise Foyle
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Enhancement of pathogen-specific immunity following co-administration of whole inactivated respiratory vaccines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Shannon Christa David
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Trafficking of IL-17-Producing Gamma Delta T Cells During Homeostasis and Inflammation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Duncan Robert McKenzie
    2013 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Chemokine-mediated control of immunity to tumours and infectious pathogens Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Carly Whyte
    2012 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Pre-existing strain specific neutralising antibodies abrogates the induction of interferon type I and cytotoxic T cell responses to subsequent homotypic influenza A virus challenge Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Jennifer Chan
    2012 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Novel modalities of T and B lymphocyte migration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ervin Ender Kara
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The role of chemokine receptors CCR2 and CXCR5 in CD8 positive T cell biology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Kevin Aaron Fenix
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The Role of Chemokine Receptors CCR6 and CCR7 in the Initiation and Progression of Breast Cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Sarah Theresa Boyle
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The role and regulation of the p84 adaptor subunit in phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase gamma lipid-kinase signalling and the control of PI3Kgamma-dependent cell migration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Michelle Elizabeth Turvey
    2009 - 2013 Co-Supervisor A Tumour Suppressor Role for FOXP3 and FOXP3-regulated MicroRNAs in Breast Cancer Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Natasha McInnes
    2008 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Immunoregulatory effects of Vitamin D3 on mast cells during immunoglobulin E-dependent immune responses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Chunping Yu
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Role of the Atypical Chemokine Receptor CCX-CKR in Progression and Metastasis of Cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Yuka Harata-Lee
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Role of the Atypical Chemokine Receptor CCX-CKR in Thymocyte Development and its Influence on the Link Between Innate and Adaptive Immunity Through Regulation of Dendritic Cell Migration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mark Daniel Bunting
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Molecular Characterization of Metastatic Ovarian Cancer by MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ove Gustafsson
    2007 - 2011 Principal Supervisor The Differential Roles of p101 and p84, the Regulatory Subunits of Phosphoinositide 3-kinase Gamma, in Cell Migration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Julie Brazzatti
    2006 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The Recent Thymic Origin, Differentiation And Suppressive Mechanism Of Regulatory T Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nicholas Mabarrack
    2006 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Investigation of P13Ky Signalimg Downstream of IGF-1R1CXCR4 Transactivation in Metastatic MDA-MB 231 Breast Cancer Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Meizhi Niu
    2006 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Development of Sensitive Proteomic Approaches for Protein Tyrosine Phosphorylation Detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mark Condina
    2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor The Role of c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in Human T Cell Function Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Michelle Melino
    2005 - 2010 Principal Supervisor The Role of Class IA PI3K? in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sarah Haylock-Jacobs
    2004 - 2007 Principal Supervisor The Roles of the Chemokines CXCL12 and CXCL16 in Breast Cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sharon Hampton-Smith
    2003 - 2006 Co-Supervisor CXC Chemokine Responses of Respiratory Epithelial Cells to Streptococcus pneumoniae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rikki Graham
    2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Cross-talk Between CXCR4 and IGF-1R Signal Transduction Pathways in a Metastatic Breast Cancer Cell Line Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Chareeporn Akekawatchai
    2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor The Role of Chemokine Receptors in Breast Cancer Metastasis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jane Holland
    2000 - 2004 Principal Supervisor Regulation of chemokine receptor expression and function on CD4+ T lymphocytes during central nervous system inflammation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rachel Kohler
    1998 - 2002 Principal Supervisor The regulation of chemokine receptor expression upon T lymphocyte activation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lisa Ebert
    1997 - 2001 Principal Supervisor The Cloning and Functional Characterisation of Murine Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase gamma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sumone Chakravarti
  • Position: Deputy Head for Molecular & Biomedical Scienc
  • Phone: 83134259
  • Email: shaun.mccoll@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4362
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Molecular Life Sciences, floor 5
  • Room: 5 14
  • Org Unit: Molecular and Biomedical Science

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