Professor Brian Gabrielli

Honorary Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine


Professor Gabrielli completed his undergraduate education at James Cook University in Townsville and PhD at La Trobe University in Melbourne. After two postdoctoral positions in the USA in the emerging field of cell cycle regulation, he was recruited to establish his own independent research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and then recruited to the Diamantina Institute in 2002, and Mater Research Institute in 2016. He is head of the Smiling for Smiddy Cell Cycle Group.

Research Interests

Mechanisms that regulate cell division, particularly progression into mitosis. These mechanisms are often mutated in cancers and are likely to be major contributors to cancer development. Identifying the genetic mutations that disrupt normal progression and particularly mechanisms, known as checkpoints, provides diagnostic and prognostic opportunities. It also provides potential new targets for chemotherapeutics as drugs targeting defective checkpoints have tumour selective cytotoxic potential.

Research Projects

  • Identifying the molecular basis for defective checkpoints in melanoma.
  • Targeting defective cell cycle responses to ultraviolet radiation, replication stress and TopoII inhibitors in melanoma, and investigating whether the same defects in other cancer types respond to similar targeting.
  • Investigating means of identify very early changes in moles that drive progression to melanoma
  • Targeting Aurora kinases in HPV-driven cancers

Research Interests

  • Ultraviolet radiaiton and its contribution to melanoma
  • Targeting defective cell cycle checkpoints in cancers, particularly melanoma
  • Functional genomics; using high throughout screening combined with increased or decreased gene dosage to identify novel regulatory mechanisms and drug targets
  • Mechanism of action studies for novel anti-caner therapeutics


  • PhD, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), James Cook University


  • Hammerlindl, Heinz, Ravindran Menon, Dinoop, Hammerlindl, Sabrina, Emran, Abdullah Al, Torrano, Joachim, Sproesser, Katrin, Thakkar, Divya, Xiao, Min, Atkinson, Victoria G., Gabrielli, Brian, Haass, Nikolas K., Herlyn, Meenhard, Krepler, Clemens and Schaider, Helmut (2018) Acetylsalicylic acid governs the effect of sorafenib in RAS- mutant cancers. Clinical Cancer Research, 24 5: 1090-1102. doi:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-16-2118

  • Duijf, Pascal H. G., Vaidyanathan, Srividya, Cato, Kathleen, Thangavelu, Pulari U., Lin, Cheng-Yu, Tang, Lu, Pavey, Sandra, Haass, Nikolas K. and Gabrielli, Brian G. (2018). Overexpression of the cell cycle regulator Emi1 promotes chromosome instability and tumorigenesis. In: 76th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Cancer Association, Yokohama, Japan, (418). 28-30 September 2017. doi:10.1111/cas.13499

  • Emran, Abdullah Al, Marzese, Diego M., Menon, Dinoop Ravindran, Stark, Mitchell S., Torrano, Joachim, Hammerlindl, Heinz, Zhang, Gao, Brafford, Patricia, Salomon, Matthew P., Nelson, Nellie, Hammerlindl, Sabrina, Gupta, Deepesh, Mills, Gordon B., Lu, Yiling, Sturm, Richard A., Flaherty, Keith, Hoon, Dave S. B., Gabrielli, Brian, Herlyn, Meenhard and Schaider, Helmut (2017) Distinct histone modifications denote early stress-induced drug tolerance in cancer. Oncotarget, 9 9: 8206-8222. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.23654

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  • (2018) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.