Dr Abhilasha Tiwari, Adjunct Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, Monash University

Dr Abhi Tiwari is a stem cell biologist and immunologist, who completed her PhD in 2012 from Deakin University Australia. Abhi was one of the only two candidates selected for prestigious Deakin India Research Initiative scholarship to pursue her PhD, working with both Deakin University, Australia and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India, looking for ways to enhance cord blood stem cells for use in hematological disorders.

Currently, Abhi leads an industry project, in collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Roche, working on novel anti-inflammatory cytokines for their therapeutic potential for a range of paediatric and adult diseases. In 2016, Abhi received the SIEF-STEM+ Business Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to work in collaboration with Cell Care, the biggest cord blood bank in Australia, on the use of expanded cord blood stem cells for treatment of hematological and neurological disorders. Prior to this, in partnership with Nohla Therapeutics and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Abhi was involved in developing a ‘closed system 3D stem cell expansion kit’, with the aim of producing ‘off the shelf’ expanded stem cell products, that would be useful for several medical and research applications.

Abhi has chaired sessions and given invited presentations, both nationally and internationally on the ability of stem cells to treat diseases and received multiple awards. Abhi has also received several travel awards from government of Australia and Government of India (DST& DBT), to present her research to the international community. Abhi’s conference participation and publications are limited because of the IP considerations of her commercially funded projects. Below are the publications from last 5 years

Selected publications

  • Tiwari A, Wong CS, Nekkanti LP, Deane JA, McDonald C, Jenkin G, Kirkland MA (2018). Controlling the Effective Oxygen Tension Experienced by Cells Using a Dynamic Culture Technique for Hematopoietic Ex Vivo Expansion. Curr Protoc Stem Cell Biol.

  • Li J, Yawno T, Sutherland A E, Gurung S, Paton M, McDonald C, Tiwari A, Pham Y, Castillo-Melendez M, Jenkin G, Miller S L (2018) Preterm umbilical cord blood derived mesenchymal stem/stromal cells protect preterm white matter brain development against hypoxia-ischemia. Experimental neurology.

  • Tiwari A, Wong CS, Nekkanti LP, Deane JA, McDonald C, Jenkin G, Kirkland MA (2016) Impact of oxygen levels on stem cell expansion. Stem Cells and Dev.

  • Tiwari A, ML Tursky, LP Nekkanti, G Jenkin, MA Kirkland and G Pande (2016). Expansion of Human Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells on Decellularized Matrix Scaffolds. Curr Protoc Stem Cell Biol 36:1C 15 1-1C 15 16.

  • Tiwari A, G Moeneclaey, G Jenkin and MA Kirkland (2016). Exploring Life Saving Potential of Umbilical Cord Blood Derived Hematopoietic Stem Cells. Insights in Stem Cells 2:10.

  • Deane JA, YR Ong, JE Cain, WS Jayasekara, A Tiwari, DL Carlone, DN Watkins, DT Breault and CE Gargett (2016). The mouse endometrium contains epithelial, endothelial and leucocyte populations expressing the stem cell marker telomerase reverse transcriptase. Mol Hum Reprod 22:272-84.

  • Tiwari A, Tursky ML, Kirkland MA and Pande G (2014). Expansion of Human Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells on Decellularized Matrix Scaffolds. Curr Protoc Stem Cell Biol.