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Associate Professor Margaret Hibbs 

Department of Immunology - Leukocyte Signalling Laboratory

Margaret Hibbs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology, within the Central Clinical School, and Group leader of the Leukocyte Signalling Laboratory.

The Leukocyte Signaling Laboratory is studying signaling pathways that play a role in immune system development and function. We are primarily interested in what regulates the development of immunity and we are trying to understand the processes that are perturbed when autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases develop. We are also interested in understanding what regulates haematopoiesis or blood cell development, and believe that this will give us a greater understanding of the signals that go awry in the development of blood cell cancers. The lab also has a major interest in understanding the mechanisms underlying chronic inflammatory lung disease and we aim to identifying key pathways or targets for therapeutic intervention.


Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, PhD, University of Melbourne

Apr 1984Feb 1988

Pathology, BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne


Biochemistry and Pathology, BSc, University of Melbourne


Research area keywords

  • Autoimmunity
  • Haematopoiesis
  • Chronic inflammatory lung disease

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Research Output

Engineering of Nebulized Metal–Phenolic Capsules for Controlled Pulmonary Deposition

Ju, Y., Cortez-Jugo, C., Chen, J., Wang, T. Y., Mitchell, A. J., Tsantikos, E., Bertleff-Zieschang, N., Lin, Y. W., Song, J., Cheng, Y., Mettu, S., Rahim, M. A., Pan, S., Yun, G., Hibbs, M. L., Yeo, L. Y., Hagemeyer, C. E. & Caruso, F., 1 Mar 2020, In : Advanced Science. 7, 6, 13 p., 1902650.

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Open Access

IL-33-mediated mast cell activation promotes gastric cancer through macrophage mobilization

Eissmann, M. F., Dijkstra, C., Jarnicki, A., Phesse, T., Brunnberg, J., Poh, A. R., Etemadi, N., Tsantikos, E., Thiem, S., Huntington, N. D., Hibbs, M. L., Boussioutas, A., Grimbaldeston, M. A., Buchert, M., O’Donoghue, R. J. J., Masson, F. & Ernst, M., 1 Dec 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 16 p., 2735.

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Open Access
11 Citations (Scopus)

Infections after a traumatic brain injury: The complex interplay between the immune and neurological systems

Sharma, R., Shultz, S. R., Robinson, M. J., Belli, A., Hibbs, M. L., O'Brien, T. J. & Semple, B. D., Jul 2019, In : Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 79, p. 63-74 12 p.

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6 Citations (Scopus)

The influence of innate lymphoid cells and unconventional T cells in chronic inflammatory lung disease

Borger, J. G., Lau, M. & Hibbs, M. L., 11 Jul 2019, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 10, JULY, 16 p., 1597.

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Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Granulocyte-CSF links destructive inflammation and comorbidities in obstructive lung disease

Tsantikos, E., Lau, M., Castelino, C. M. N., Maxwell, M. J., Passey, S. L., Hansen, M. J., McGregor, N. E., Sims, N. A., Steinfort, D. P., Irving, L. B., Anderson, G. P. & Hibbs, M. L., 1 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Investigation. 128, 6, p. 2406-2418 13 p.

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Open Access
10 Citations (Scopus)