Associate Professor Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat

Associate Professor Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat



Associate Professor Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat in the lab


Associate Professor

PharmaD Nantes DEA PhD Paris XI

Joint Division Head

My laboratory is investigating lung development and lung cancer.

We are studying how lung development is controlled. This is a precise process that is essential for breathing. Defects in this process can result in respiratory failure at birth. The goal of our research is to understand how lung developmental disorders occur.

Our research is also revealing how lung cancer forms. We are developing new laboratory models of lung cancer that allow us to assess new treatments. We hope in the long term to improve the outcomes for people with lung cancer.

3D OPT imaging showing Keratin 5 expression in Ezh2 cKO embryonic lung


Research interest

Lung development
Image: 'Roots' by Casey Ah-Cann 

We are interested in studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying lung development and lung cancer formation.

We are interested in evaluating the contribution of epigenetic mechanisms in modulating the plasticity and specificity of early lung progenitor cells. We are specifically interested in understanding how chromatin remodelling factors control cell fate maintenance. We aim to define the contribution of epigenetic modifiers in the transcriptional and structural changes required for embryonic lung formation. This will provide insights into how lung diseases develop, and will identify potential new therapeutic targets.

We study molecular and cellular events driving lung cancer formation. We have shown that different lung cell types possess different DNA repair capacities. We are now interested in determining how perturbation in DNA damage responses can participate in lung cancer formation. Additionnally, we have developed preclinical models of lung cancer that are used to study the mechanisms of drug response and resistance to therapy. We use these models to identify novel biomarkers predictive of drug response and to evaluate novel therapeutic approaches.



Spheres made from hundreds of cells
Image: 'Pop planet' by Clare Weeden


Dr Kate Sutherland in the lab

Lung Foundation Australia's Shine a Light on Lung Cancer raises awareness of the challenges and inequities faced daily by people living with lung cancer.

Microscopy image of liver cells

An annual exhibition showcasing the beautiful and bizarre images created and captured by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute scientists.