Associate Professor Barbara Rolfe

Principal Research Fellow and GL

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
+61 7 334 63856


Research Interests

  • The role of the innate immune system in cancer
  • Nanotechnology for drug delivery


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • BSc, The University of Queensland


  • Ortiz-Espinosa, Sergio, Morales, Xabier, Senent, Yaiza, Alignani, Diego, Tavira, Beatriz, Macaya, Irati, Ruiz, Borja, Moreno, Haritz, Remírez, Ana, Sainz, Cristina, Rodriguez-Pena, Alejandro, Oyarbide, Alvaro, Ariz, Mikel, Andueza, Maria P., Valencia, Karmele, Teijeira, Alvaro, Hoehlig, Kai, Vater, Axel, Rolfe, Barbara, Woodruff, Trent M., Lopez-Picazo, Jose Maria, Vicent, Silvestre, Kochan, Grazyna, Escors, David, Gil-Bazo, Ignacio, Perez-Gracia, Jose Luis, Montuenga, Luis M., Lambris, John D., Ortiz de Solorzano, Carlos ... Pio, Ruben (2022). Complement C5a induces the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps by myeloid-derived suppressor cells to promote metastasis. Cancer Letters, 529, 70-84. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2021.12.027

  • Gorman, Declan M., Li, Xaria X., Lee, John D., Fung, Jenny N., Cui, Cedric S., Lee, Han Siean, Rolfe, Barbara E., Woodruff, Trent M. and Clark, Richard J. (2021). Development of Potent and Selective Agonists for Complement C5a Receptor 1 with In Vivo Activity. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 64 (22) acs.jmedchem.1c01174, 16598-16608. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c01174

  • Akhir, Fazrena Nadia Md, Noor, Mohd Hezmee Mohd, Leong, Keith Weng Kit, Nabizadeh, Jamileh A., Manthey, Helga D., Sonderegger, Stefan E., Fung, Jenny Nga Ting, McGirr, Crystal E., Shiels, Ian A., Mills, Paul C., Woodruff, Trent M. and Rolfe, Barbara E. (2021). An immunoregulatory role for complement receptors in murine models of breast cancer. Antibodies, 10 (1) 2, 1-12. doi: 10.3390/antib10010002

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Book Chapter

  • Gu, Z., Rolfe, Barbara E., Thomas, A. C., Campbell, Julie H., Lu, G. Q. Max and Xu, Z. P. (2012). Heparin-related nanomaterials. Heparin, properties, uses and side effects. (pp. 159-178) edited by David E. Piyathilake and Rhong Liang. New York, United States: Nova Science.

  • Rolfe, Barbara, Mooney, Jane, Zhang, Bing, Jahnke, Sani, Le, Sarah-Jane, Chau, Yu-Qian, Huang, Qiping, Wang, Hao, Campbell, Gordon and Campbell, Julie (2011). The fibrotic response to implanted biomaterials: Implications for tissue engineering. Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering: Cells and Biomaterials. (pp. 551-568) edited by Daniel Eberli. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publishing.

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Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate 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.