Professor Geoff Lindeman

Professor Geoff Lindeman



Professor Geoff Lindeman in the lab




Joint Division Head

I am a clinician-scientist focusing on breast stem cell biology and translational breast cancer research. My laboratory, jointly headed with Professor Jane Visvader, is working to understand how normal and cancerous cells develop in the breast. We are using this information to advance new treatments for breast cancer.

We have made important contributions to breast cancer research including:

  • Identifying breast stem cells, which give rise to normal breast tissue.
  • Defining how normal breast growth is regulated, and how errors lead to breast cancer.
  • Identifying the breast cells that are predisposed to becoming cancerous in women with BRCA1 gene mutations.
  • Discovering potential strategies to treat and prevent breast cancer.

An important focus of our laboratory the transfer of discoveries to the clinic. Towards this end, we have generated valuable preclinical models to study novel treatments. Two of our laboratory’s discoveries are now entering clinical trials.

Research interest

Our laboratory is studying molecular regulators of normal breast development and cancer,with a particular interest in breast stem cells and the breast epithelial cell hierarchy. We use many techniques including patient-derived xenograft models, and in vivo microscopy to reveal how breast cells normally develop and elucidate their contribution to cancer formation.

We recently established the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Translational Centre for Breast Cancer Research (TransBCR). This centre is enabling translational research and clinical trials in breast cancer, and exploring potential chemoprevention strategies for women at high risk of developing breast cancer.



Three researchers in the laboratory

Our researchers have discovered that an existing medication could have promise in preventing breast cancer in women carrying a faulty BRCA1 gene.

DNA strand

Professor Geoff Lindeman answers frequently asked questions about the BRCA1 gene

Portrait of Professor Geoff Lindeman

Professor Geoff Lindeman has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his outstanding contribution to science and scientific research.

Professor Geoff Lindeman being interviewed

Professor Geoff Lindeman discusses his team's findings