Dr Megan Steele

Lecturer in Clinical Sciences

St Lucia Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 344 32054


Dr Megan Steele is a Lectuer in Clinical Science in the St Lucia Clinical Unit, School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Queensland and is responsible for coordinating the following modules: mental health, immunology and infection, nutrition and metabolism. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and a Research Scientist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) and the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service (Queensland Health).

Dr Steele completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) at James Cook University in 2006 and a PhD in Medicine at Western Sydney University in 2011. She has conducted postdoctoral research in Germany and Australia across a range of disciplines including neurobiology, hospital-based clinical research and pharmacovigilance, integrative oncology, clinical trials, exercise physiology, medical diagnostics, epidemiology, public health and health services research and evaluation.

Dr Steele has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, has presented at national and international conferences and has secured over $1 million in research funding.

Research Interests

  • Mental health and the social and emotional wellbeing of various at-risk populations:
    - cancer patients - Indigenous Australians - medical and postgraduate students - intersection between mental and physical health
  • Function and dysfunction of the lymphatic system:
    - Improving early diagnosis of bilateral lymphoedema - Impact of lymphoedema on the quality and quantity of life following gynaecological cancer - The glymphatic system
  • Evaluation of health interventions and services:
    - Exercise physiologist-led interventions in breast and gynaecological cancer patients - Safety and effectiveness of integrative oncology - Indigenous Mental Health Intervention Program (IMHIP)
  • Chronic inflammation and the brain:
    - Effect of chronic inflammation on the neurosupportive functions of astrocytes - Exercise, diet and inflammation


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Western Sydney University


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  • Master Philosophy

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor