Louise Purton

Professor and Laboratory Head
St. Vincent's Institute
Professorial Fellow
Department of Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital, The University of Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


I am an internationally recognised researcher in the field of blood cells. My research has pioneered studies showing that vitamin A is a key regulator of blood-forming stem cells and also the microenvironment (the "factory") in which they are made. I do both fundamental and translational research and my research has to date resulted in four clinical trials. I am also passionate about fostering the career development of all, and I am a proactive advocate for minorities, including women in STEMM. I have had a profound bilateral hearing impairment since I was a young child and became a cochlear implant recipient in 2018.

Louise identifies as having a disability.